Department of Education

The Department of Education at Louisiana State University at Alexandria has as its mission the promotion of quality instruction, stimulating scholarship, rigorous academic standards, appreciation of cultural diversity, and respect for the dignity of each future teacher, resulting in impacting the lives of these future teachers, their students and the world in which they live.

 

CAEP Call for Comments

The LSUA Department of Education is hosting an accreditation visit by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) from April 29 – May 1, 2018. Interested parties are invited to submit third-party comments to the site team. Please note that comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of professional education programs offered, and should specify the party's relationship to the provider (i.e., graduate, present or former faculty member, employer of graduates). 

We invite you to submit written testimony to:
CAEP
1140 19th Street NW, Suite 400
Washington, DC 20036
Or by email to: callforcomments@caepnet.org


Such comments must be within the specified period and based on the core tenets of CAEP accreditation standards of excellence, which recognize that:

  • In CAEP's performance-based system, accreditation is based on evidence that demonstrates that teacher candidates know the subject matter and can teach it effectively so that students learn. In the CAEP system, EPPs must prove that candidates can connect theory to practice and be effective in an actual P-12 classroom.
  • A professional education provider that is accredited by CAEP is expected to be involved in ongoing planning and evaluation; engaged in continuous assessment and development; ensure that faculty and programs reflect new knowledge, practice, and technologies; and be involved in continuous development in response to the evolving world of education and educational reform.
  • Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of professional education programs offered, and should specify the respondent's relationship, if any, to the institution (i.e., graduate, present or former faculty member, employer of graduates). Copies of all correspondence received will be sent to the university for comment prior to the review. No anonymous testimony will be considered. 

Letters of comment should be received no later than March 18, 2018.

Accreditation

Louisiana State University at Alexandria is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). All of LSUA’s teacher preparation programs are approved by the Board of Regents and the Louisiana Department of Education.

Additionally, the Department of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). NCATE is officially recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as an accrediting body for institutions that prepare teachers and other professional personnel for work in preschool, elementary, and secondary schools. The Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) also recognizes NCATE. Through its voluntary, peer review process, NCATE helps to ensure that accredited institutions produce competent, caring, and qualified teachers and other professional school personnel who can help all students learn.

Presently, the LSUA Department of Education is seeking continuing accreditation through the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). More information regarding CAEP can be found at www.caepnet.org.

Additionally, all of LSUA’s teacher preparation programs are approved by the Louisiana Board of Regents and the Louisiana Department of Education. The Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and the Certification-Only Alternative Path Program - Elementary Education (Grades 1-5) are nationally recognized by the Association of Childhood Education International (ACEI). The Bachelor of Arts in History with a Minor in Education Leading to Secondary Education Certification - Social Studies (Grades 6-12) and the Certification-Only Alternative Path Program - Social Studies (Grades 6-12) are nationally recognized by the National Council for Social Studies.