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Marriage and Family Therapy
(Educational Specialist), Ed.S.

Marriage and Family Therapy

The Education Specialist (Ed.S.) in Marriage and Family Therapy is a post-master's program which can be completed in 2 years and is intended for applicants with a relevant master's degree who wish to re-specialize in marriage and family therapy. It provides the appropriate academic degree and a portion of the supervised clinical hours required for state licensing as a marriage and family therapist. Offered through Seton Hall University's College of Education and Human Services, the Ed.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMPFT), 112 Alfred Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; (703) 838-9808. The accreditation period is effective May 1, 2014 through May 1, 2020.

The Program

The Ed.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy program at Seton Hall University is the oldest in the state of New Jersey and one of the first in the nation. It is the only accredited marriage and family therapy program in the state, and features a solid academic curriculum, supervised clinical practice throughout the course of study, and systemic and multicultural emphases.


The faculty in the College of Education and Human Services are expert researchers and practitioners in teacher and leader preparation as well as professional psychology and family therapy. Many are actively engaged with schools and community agencies, modeling best practices to their students in the university classroom and in the field. Collaboration within departments and across is encouraged with the recognition that supporting and improving the lives of children, families and communities is a complex process.

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The College of Education and Human Services is dedicated to ensuring that its professional preparation programs are based on essential knowledge, evolving technology, research findings, and reflective practice. Each program is committed to developing collaborative relationships and cooperative efforts with schools, agencies, and institutions so that its efforts remain linked to the world of practice and research, and meet the needs of communities. The College is nationally accredited by three professional associations: APA, COAMFTE, and NCATE.

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