Become an Educational Leader
Advance Your Career
A graduate degree in Jewish education from Hebrew College is more than a teaching credential. We offer online graduate degree and certificate programs to help prepare educators to lead, transform and elevate Jewish learning for a pluralistic world. We focus on helping students develop two critical skills:
- The ability to become entrepreneurial in their practice of Jewish Education in a rapidly changing world
- A deep understanding of the complexity of Jewish life through a pluralist approach to Judaism.
Learn the frameworks of subject-based pedagogy for teaching Torah, rabbinic literature, Jewish history, Jewish thought, and cultural literacy while exploring educational theories as a means to refine a personal vision of Jewish Education. Explore optional specializations in interfaith family Jewish engagement, Jewish special education, experiential education, early childhood education.
“In the professional workplace, mastery achieved in graduate studies gives a leadership role even to the classroom teacher.”
Excerpt from “The Master’s Degree as a Way to Deepen the Talent and Motivation of Teachers” by Hebrew College Education Dean Rabbi Michael Shire and Associate Dean Dr. Deborah Skolnick Einhorn (Prizmah’s HaYidion Magazine, summer 2019).
Part of the beauty of the pluralistic program is that students are from all walks of life and everybody is able to bring in his or her own perspectives and background into the conversation. It’s a totally natural 21st century mode of learning.Orna Siegel, MJEd`16, Director of Enrollment and Tuition Assistance, Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School in Washington, D.C
Our Graduate Programs
Our graduate leadership degree programs combine academic rigor, field experience, and a network of contacts to help you grow professionally and land your next leadership position. Our graduates are in high demand—securing positions as educators and leaders in schools and organizations of all denominations across the country. Examples of our graduates’ career trajectories include:
Learn On Your Schedule
Our online, asynchronous programs make it easy to balance a part-time or full-time job with your studies. For example, our pluralistic MJEd programs may be completed in two to three years as a stand-alone degree or with a specialization. Fitting it into your schedule may be easier than you think!
Learn Through Field Experience
Field experience is a unique and invaluable component in our master’s degree program that can reinvigorate your curricula and programming.
In my experience over the years as a teacher, coach and head of a Jewish Day School, I can attest to the value of hiring educators with a Masters of Jewish Education. Not only do teachers with a Hebrew College MJEd have a solid understanding of educational theories and practice, but they also bring with them a commitment to social justice, to building meaningful, sustainable, and loving communities of learners, and to honoring both tradition and innovation. This value-based approach to education is woven into the DNA of the MJEd program.Andrea Kasper, MJEd`07, Head of School at Solomon Schecter Day School of Greater Hartford, CT
Expand Your Professional Network
Because our graduate students work closely together as a cohort, they not only become an “online community” of learning and support, but they also develop a career-long professional network with each other and Hebrew College graduate alumni across the world.
The Hebrew College Innovation Lab
The Hebrew College Innovation Lab directed by Rabbi Jeff Summit, is a new incubator for Hebrew College graduate students (rabbinic, cantorial and education) and recent Hebrew College alumni/ae in the Boston area to design and implement creative educational, spiritual, social justice and interfaith projects in the Greater Boston Jewish community. Participants receive grants ranging from $2,500 to $5,000 to run – or supplement the running – of a project that they conceptualize and design.Learn more