The Executive M.A. and Education Specialist (Ed.S.) in Education Leadership, Management and Policy, offered through Seton Hall University's College of Education and Human Services, is ideal for working professionals who wish to pursue the following three specialty areas: school principal and supervisor certifications, charter school leadership and special education leadership. This blended program is offered through a cost-effective and convenient program schedule providing weekend on-campus and online course offerings. This program provides a fast-track to the desired degree(s) and rewarding career opportunities in education leadership.
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A Unique Approach
The Executive M.A. and Ed.S. Program allows students to earn a degree and certifications within a two-year, accelerated time frame. Classes are offered on select weekends as well as online. This structure enables busy educators the flexibility of engaging in an intensive, yet manageable, course of study while maintaining their personal and professional schedules. Outstanding Seton Hall professors and special visiting faculty practitioners, who are experts in their fields, co-teach in this program, which is nationally recognized by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
- Sussex County Community College
- Morris-Union Jointure Commission (MUJC) and Newark Public Schools - Concentration in Special Education Leadership
- Burlington County College
- N.J. Education Consortium - Concentration in Charter School Leadership
Who Should Apply?
This program is ideal for those individuals who possess a bachelor's and/or master's degree, and who aspire to pursue a course of study for eligibility as a school principal or supervisor. For specific admission requirements, click on admission [link to Executive M.A. and Ed.S. admission tab].
Offered via a convenient weekend and online balanced schedule, the Executive M.A. and Ed.S. is an accelerated, 39-credit program that meets the needs of aspiring educational leaders and can be accomplished in just two years. Students complete 18-credit hours through on-campus courses; 15 credits via online courses (one per semester); and six credits of administrative internship. On-campus classes meet only two weekends per semester (Fall, Spring and Summer) on Friday evenings, Saturdays and Sunday mornings.
Students are part of a cohort learning team, working cooperatively throughout the duration of the program. Cohort members represent a diverse blend of suburban, urban and rural districts. Students participate in a collaborative teaching and learning environment as they, individually and collectively, engage in education research and study. The curriculum reflects a powerful blend of theory and practical application.
The Executive M.A. and Ed.S. Program offers students a highly structured curricular and instructional design in the following areas of concentration:
This concentration allows students to become eligible for certification as a principal or school supervisor in New Jersey, New York and other states. The Executive Ed.S. Program is specifically intended for educators and those in the helping professions who need preparation beyond the master's degree, including school administrators, education researchers, teachers, department chairs, supervisors, counselors, school psychologists, management and training consultants, government employees, specialists in learning disabilities, marriage and family therapists and specialists in pupil personnel services. In addition to notable Seton Hall professors, students may be exposed to nationally recognized experts, such as Tom Sergiovanni, Terry Deal, Alan November and Charol Shakeshaft.
Charter School Leadership
This concentration focuses on the key knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in charter school administration roles. Charter school leaders need a special blend of skills, including a high degree of knowledge in instructional leadership, marketing, capital issues and finance. A team of highly regarded charter school leaders were consulted in the design of this program's field- and research-based curriculum. Students share their experiences and perspectives as well as gain valuable insight from educators representing suburban, urban and rural school districts, and a wealth of well-known guest lecturers.
Special Education Leadership
This concentration is geared toward developing aspiring leaders in the field of special education leadership and equipping them with in-depth knowledge, skills and dispositions based on best practices and proven research. Seton Hall, in collaboration with the Morris-Union Jointure Commission offers this cohort M.A and Ed.S. degree, which culminates in New Jersey State Department of Education principal and supervisor certification eligibility. This program is ideal for educators who seek the requisite credentials and experience as a director/supervisor of special services or principal.
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Graduates of the Executive M.A. and Ed.S. Program are working in key leadership positions as principals, assistant principals, directors and curriculum supervisors in school districts throughout the country.