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 provides students with the theoretical background and experiential training necessary to work toward earning a license-eligible degree as couple and family therapists.
COAMFTE has established rigorous academic standards that ensure the quality and transparency of programs with accreditation. In line with that expectation, information about the academic quality and student achievements in the Ed.S. program is published for the public. Student achievement data,including graduation rates, exam pass rates, and licensure rates are collected by the program and reported to the Commission on an annual basis. The web address below links to more details about what information is collected as well as data for the Ed.S. program at Seton Hall University.
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A Unique Approach
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.
Who Should Apply?
Individuals interested in working with children and their families, couples or people in their larger family/social contexts should apply to this program. Applicants who have completed a master's degree in counseling, psychology, social work, pastoral counseling or an allied field, and who wish to pursue a career in marriage and family therapy are considered. Candidates must provide evidence of three years' experience as a counselor/therapist. For additional requirements click on admission.
The Ed.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy is a 39-credit (minimum) program that is typically completed in two year, but must be completed within six years. It meets the educational requirements for licensure within the state of New Jersey and for associate membership in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. Prerequisite courses for the Ed.S. are Couple and Family Dynamics: Systemic Perspectives and Abnormal Psychology. If students have not taken these courses prior to admission, they do so as part of the Ed.S. curriculum.
Accreditation clinical standards require a minimum of 500 hours of supervised client contact (100 hours must be approved supervision) at an appropriate site with an approved supervisor for completion of the program (at least 50 percent with family and couples). Following program faculty review and approval, students can transfer up to 250 hours of client contact if currently working with clients under a program approved supervisor. The hours are limited to the one year period immediately preceding the first semester of coursework. When all academic and clinical requirements are completed, students take part in the oral defense of a written case study accompanied by taped clinical processes. For specific program requirements, click on curriculum.
Graduates of the Ed.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy program are working as clinicians in community mental health centers; social service agencies; schools; prisons; and, when licensed, in private practice in urban, suburban and inner-city settings in the tristate area and throughout the country.