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College of Human Development, Culture, and Media
Kerry Ferrara
Executive Master of Arts (M.A.E.) or Education Specialist (Ed.S.)

Education Leadership, Management and Policy

The Executive Master of Arts in Education (M.A.E.) program and the Education Specialist (Ed. S.) program in Education Leadership, Management and Policy program are ideal for working professionals who wish to pursue the following specialty areas in educational administration: School Superintendent, School Principal, Supervisor, Director, Special Educational Leader, Charter School Leader, Bi-Lingual Education Leader, and Catholic School Leader.  This accelerated, 39-credit, blended/hybrid program is offered through a cost-effective and convenient schedule providing weekend on-campus and online course offerings.

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The Program

This program allows students to earn an M.A.E. or an Ed.S. degree (if student already possesses a master's degree) within a two-year, accelerated time frame. Classes are taught by outstanding Seton Hall professors and special visiting faculty practitioners, who are experts in their fields. This program meets all NJDOE requirements to apply for Principal, Supervisor, and School Administrator Certification, has state to state reciprocity, and is nationally recognized by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

M.A.E. and Ed.S. cohorts complete 18 credits through on-campus courses (one per semester); 15 credits via online courses; and, six credits of administrative internship. On-campus classes meet two weekends per semester during the fall, spring, and summer semesters on Saturday and Sunday. The curriculum explores the intersections of theory and practice to prepare aspiring leaders as change makers. Courses receive 40% discount off the standard graduate tuition rates.

Evening and Weekend Administrative Contact Number for more information: (862) 216-8592

A Call to Education

Seton Hall's Education Leadership graduate programs offer educators a chance to to serve students on a higher level.

Daria Pizzuto, M.A. '13, Ph.D. '18. Fulbright Research Scholar ‘17

"I was accepted to three other schools, but Seton Hall's authenticity struck me immediately. You are part of a community of learners – with the support of faculty and fellow students to guide you beyond your own expectations. It's not easy, but they make it manageable. It may take longer, but the return on professional development is greater. It's not a lonely journey at Seton Hall."

Daria Pizzuto, M.A. '13, Ph.D. '18. Fulbright Research Scholar '17

Who Should Apply 

Candidates include working professionals with leadership experience. 

Admissions Requirements 

  • Online Application
  • Official transcripts from all institutions attended, including an earned undergraduate degree for the M.A.E program or an earned master’s degree for the Ed.S. program
  • Current professional vitae/resume
  • Letter of intent outlining your rationale for applying
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation from academic and/or professional references familiar with your character, interests and academic ability. It is suggested that recommendations include the following: 
    • One (1) letter from an advisor, colleague, education administrator or supervisor
    • One (1) letter from a professor 
    • One (1) letter from a previous employer in the field 

Application Deadlines 

The program accepts applications throughout the year and operates on a rolling admissions basis. 

Admissions Criteria and Prerequisites

  • Work experience in education or in a related field 
  • Undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (or equivalent) 


The faculty in the College of Human Development, Culture, and Media 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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Randall Clemens
Associate Professor and Department Chairperson
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David B Reid
Associate Professor, K-12 Program Director
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The College of Human Development, Culture, and Media embodies the University’s commitment to pedagogical innovation, intellectual ferment and community engagement. Uniting scholars and students from four dynamic academic departments, the College provides cutting-edge, transdisciplinary inquiry into the stickiest problems of our time.

Our collaborative ethos is the hallmark of a Seton Hall education: an interdisciplinary approach to learning that grounds students firmly in their chosen discipline while expanding their perspectives through collaboration — setting them apart in their ability to lead in a variety of fields and solve pressing problems in society.

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