Administrative Internship Manuals

ELMP 8981/8982 Administrative Internship: Higher Education/Student Affairs

The internship component in the College Student Personnel Administration/ Higher Education program at Seton Hall University prepares graduate students to manage various roles in student affairs administration and other functional areas at the postsecondary level. Housed within the Department of Education Leadership, Management and Policy, administrative internship courses provides students with the opportunity to gain practical experience, as well as to engage with ‘hands on’ understanding of the various responsibilities and units associated with students affairs/higher education. Through internship coursework, students gain competencies, knowledge, critical thinking, and an understanding of theoretical foundation and practice, conducive to fostering a holistic approach to college student development and learning.

The objectives for the internship in College Student Personnel Administration/ Higher Education programs are as follows:

  • Provide an opportunity for students to develop and apply skills and competencies
  • Prepare students for successful careers in higher education, specifically student affairs
  • Allow the practical application of theories and research
  • Offer a combination of classroom-based academic experiences and field-based experiential learning opportunities to provide a well-rounded approach in career preparation and advancement
  • Create connection building and network development through field-based work to produce successful opportunities for job placement following graduation

Internship: Higher Education & CSPA


ELMP 8981/8982 Administrative Internship: Principal/Supervisor/CSA Certificate

The internship component is for K12 students.  It requires a minimum total of 600 hours within 2 (two) consecutive semesters.  A minimum of 50 hours must be in an alternate setting that is different from the intern’s concentrated experience (if suburban, then 50 must be in urban).  It is also encouraged that the intern attempt to engage in a minimum of ten days as a full-time administrator either in a school or district setting.  The intern experience is comprised of 2, three credit courses.


ELMP 9000 Administrative Internship: School Administrator CSA Certificate

The school administrator endorsement is required for any position that involves services as a district-level administrative position. Such positions shall include superintendent, assistant superintendent, and director. Holders of this endorsement are authorized to provide educational leadership by directing the formulation of district-wide goals, plans, policies and budgets, by recommending their approval by the district board of education and by directing their district-wide implementation. Holders of this endorsement are authorized to recommend all staff appointments and other personnel actions, such as terminations, suspensions and compensation, including the appointment of school business administrators, for approval by the district board of education. Holders of this endorsement are authorized to direct district operations and programs, and to supervise and evaluate building administrators and central office staff, including school business administrators. They are also authorized to oversee the administration and supervision of school-level operations, staff and programs.


    1. Must have five (5) years of successful public or non-public school, or public or nonpublic school district, or a regionally accredited higher educational setting in New Jersey or out-of-state.
    2. Hold a New Jersey Standard Principal Certificate.
    3. All candidates for certification as School Leader, except as indicated in N.JA.C 6A:9B-12.7, must hold a master’s degree or higher degree from a regionally accredited college/university in educational leadership, or in curriculum and instruction, or in one of the recognized fields of leadership or management, as well as from an NCATE or TEAC approved program.


Doctoral Dissertation Handbook

The purpose of this handbook is to guide you through the dissertation process. Should you have any questions or require further assistance, please call the College of Education and Human Services (CEHS) Office of Graduate Studies at 973-761-9668 or email Be sure to read and follow all procedures carefully to ensure a smooth transition from doctoral candidate to doctoral graduate.

Overview of the Dissertation Process and Requirements

  1. Once you begin the dissertation process and your dissertation committee is complete, the following form is required to be filed with ELMP Department Secretary, Ann Rodrigues (
      1. Off Campus Committee Member Form (if relevant)
  2. Work with your mentor on preparing your proposal. Following successful completion of your proposal defense, your entire dissertation committee will sign the “Approval for Dissertation Proposal” form.
  3. Continue working with your mentor and committee until the completion of your research and dissertation.
  4. Prior to the defense you are responsible for:
      1. Arranging for the specific date and time of the oral defense with your mentor and committee members.
      2. Emailing Ann M Rodrigues ( and copying your dissertation mentor to notify the office of your oral defense date and to book a room.
      3. Distributing copies of the dissertation to each committee member, which includes your mentor and, when applicable, external readers at least two weeks prior to the defense date.
      4. Ordering any visual aid materials for use during your defense. Students are permitted to utilize one of the Office of Graduate Studies’ LCD projectors for PowerPoint presentations. While coordinating and submitting your final paperwork, be sure to confirm the use of an LCD projector for the day of your defense. Please note: candidates are expected to bring their own laptops. Also, the LCD projectors provided by Office of Graduate studies are NOT readily Macintosh compatible. If you are planning on presenting your dissertation PowerPoint on a Mac computer, please bring an adapter (Apple Mini DisplayPort (Thunderbolt) to VGA Adapter) to ensure that your computer is compatible with the LCD projectors. It is also advisable to bring your presentation on a USB drive.
  5. When your defense is complete, your committee will inform you of its decision and note any necessary changes to your manuscript. Once you make all necessary revisions and all committee members have signed all necessary paperwork, it is your responsibility to submit the manuscript to the proofreader. The current proofreading rate is determined by the proofreader and the student. A list of proofreaders will be given to you on the day of your defense or you can contact the Office of Graduate Studies for the most up-to-date list of proofreaders ( or 973-761-9668).
  6. After the manuscript is returned from the proofreader, make any necessary changes. Any discrepancies should be discussed with your mentor. Please be sure to follow the Basic Guidelines for Seton Hall Dissertations and Thesis as required by the SHU Library (see p.12).
  7. Seton Hall University has implemented an online submission system for electronic thesis, dissertations, and final projects to the institutional repository, eRepository. Dissertation submission to UMI ProQuest is also available online. The online submission system is replacing the former practice of depositing print copies in the library. Please submit the FINAL electronic version of your thesis or dissertation with the signature sheet to SHU eRepository. See “Dissertation Submission to eRepository” information on page 13.
  8. After you successfully defend your dissertation, one of the requirements for graduation, you will need to complete the “Survey of Earned Doctorates” conducted by NORC at the University of Chicago. Please follow the link and submit a copy of the certificate to
  9. We are also asking that you fill out our own SHU exit survey. The link to the survey is:       ELMP Exit Survey

Doctoral Dissertation Handbook


HRED Program Handbook

This handbook highlights some of the policies and procedures governing the various higher education degree programs in the Department of Education Leadership, Management & Policy (ELMP) within the College of Education and Human Services at Seton Hall University.

Although this handbook is updated periodically, students are encouraged to consult the latest version of SHU’s Graduate Catalog, the College of Education & Human Services’ doctoral dissertation procedural handbook, and the ELMP department bulletin boards for current forms and policies/procedures. In the event of any conflict between Handbook and most recent SHU’s Graduate Catalog, the latter shall prevail.

HRED Program Handbook (Stay Tuned – Updated soon)


K-12 Doctoral Candidate Handbook

Doctor of Education

The K-12 ELMP department offers the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in K-12 Administration.
This degree is designed to provide administrative and supervisory skills for potential and practicing administrators in elementary and secondary school systems. The program focuses on training informed leaders through the utilization of scholarly research and of theoretical models, which are applied to experiential situations.

K12 EdS_EdD Handbook_v2022 (Stay Tuned – Updated soon)


K12 Master of Arts & Education Specialist Degree and Certification Programs

Dear Graduate Student:
Welcome to the Department of Education, Leadership, Management and Policy. Whether you are studying for a Master of Arts degree or an Educational Specialist degree, Seton Hall University’s College of Education and Human Services will provide the rigor necessary for you to become an outstanding school leader. Upon admission into our nationally recognized degree and certification program, you can be assured of our ongoing guidance and support. We know you will be successful since our graduation rate is consistently above ninety percent.

The executive cohort instruction model combines a collegial atmosphere and learning support system. Our graduates report that this is among the most rewarding educational experiences in their professional careers. Within the two-year/six period, encompassing consecutive semesters, you will develop a personal network that contributes to your professional growth. A significant number of graduates can expect career advancement immediately following graduation as a result of their advanced degree and the award of New Jersey State Department of Education principal and supervisor certifications.

The Executive M.A. /Ed. S. Program is a “blended” in-seat and online program, which is ideal for working professionals. It provides a fast-track to a graduate degree. Cohorts gather either on campus at SHU or at a satellite location within New Jersey. The National Online Program offers students the option of taking all courses online. There is an orientation to ensure that cohort members meet face-to-face and a mid-residency meeting to provide time to assess progress. The Supervisor Certificate Program offers the four required NJDOE supervisor and curriculum courses online for state certification.

All four programs embrace national leadership standards and create a forum for dialogue centered on the critical issues facing all school leaders. Listening to a larger conversation about ethical and culturally responsive leadership very often inspires ideas for innovation in our schools. Discussions in class, online threaded comments, research on best practices and current trends, as well as, related instructional activities will serve to enrich the academic experience and accelerated professional growth. M. A. & Ed. S. degree students are encouraged to keep pace with course deadlines listed in Learning Guides and course syllabi. The program directors and/or the academic advisors are available to assist in resolving any problem or concern.
Personalized support and service provided by our team, including professors, directors, secretaries, and advisors is the hallmark of our nationally acclaimed program.

Best wishes for success,

James A. Corino, Ed. D.
Director, M.A. & Ed. S. Programs
Department of Education Leadership, Management and Policy

K12 Master of Arts & Education Specialist Degree and Certification Programs Handbook (Stay Tuned – Updated soon)


Adjunct Handbook_2022

The Adjunct Handbook provides key details—e.g., university information, university and department policies, and resources and support—for adjuncts teaching in the Department of Education Leadership, Management and Policy. Should you have any questions, please contact your program director.