Master of Jewish Education
Building on Hebrew College’s long-standing tradition of training outstanding Jewish educators, the Master of Jewish Education Program offers a comprehensive curriculum that combines leadership for learning, pedagogic
application, and social and spiritual learning; supervised field experience; and an opportunity to become an iCenter Fellow for the teaching of Israel.
This Master of Jewish Education degree is ideal for educators with a passion for Jewish education, a commitment to teach students of diverse backgrounds, beliefs, and abilities, and a desire to strengthen Jewish community.
- time All. For Jewish teachers and educators working in Jewish educational settings who want to transform their educational practice.
- location Online, plus one year-long supervised field experience.
- duration 6 semesters online, 2-3 year program
Financial Aid: Scholarships available for mid-career Jewish educators
Marcy Goldberg: Director of Education at Temple Adat Elohim in Thousand Oaks, CA
I think there’s a reason that I only hire assistant directors who have master’s degrees. For me, it’s that they’ve chosen this and they see Jewish education as a calling. They recognize the importance of it and it’s not just something they want to do for a year or two. They want to be trained. They want to learn what it means to be a full Jewish educator. It’s not just running a school. It’s teaching Torah, it’s taking care of everything that’s extracurricular—they need to have a real basic understanding of everything. Then they can move from there.
Benefits of a Master of Jewish Education Degree at Hebrew College
- You will feel uniquely prepared for the ongoing dilemmas in Jewish Educational Leadership.
- You will learn in an intentionally pluralistic community, preparing you to navigate the complexities of 21st learning environments.
- You will develop a robust and diverse network of colleagues in your field.
Ease and Flexibility
Complete your degree in the comfort of your home through our award-winning online courses — without sacrificing the personal attention you’ve come to expect from Hebrew College. Note: Hebrew College also offers the MJEd in conjunction with rabbinical or cantorial ordination.
A Dynamic Community of Online Learners
As an online MJEd candidate, you will join a dynamic community of students from across the country and around the world in an interactive virtual classroom with Hebrew College faculty. Hebrew College uses the Schoology online learning platform, giving you the opportunity to learn with ease and comfort. You will build a personal relationship with your faculty adviser who will serve as your mentor and guide. Hebrew College has been recognized nationally for its online learning programs. Many of our faculty have been teaching in the online environment for more than a decade and are devoted to creating meaningful learning experiences through this medium.
Students will be expected to pass a Hebrew assessment by the time they graduate. Hebrew courses may be taken before or during the program. Hebrew College offers an Ulpan Program. Students who wish to be exempt may request to take a Hebrew assessment upon entering the program.
Rabbi Dr. Michael Shire, Academic Director, Master of Jewish Education Program
We’re also aware that learning a foreign language is a really hard thing to do. While we feel it’s really vital that Hebrew is at the core of the Jewish learning experience, it doesn’t necessarily need to be an obstacle. We made the decision that Hebrew is not a prerequisite for our program, but rather, you can take the time while you study with us to immerse yourself in really good learning and make Hebrew a part of your coursework.
Opening Doors to Career Opportunities
Hebrew College MJEd graduates find meaningful work in a wide variety of settings, including Jewish day schools, congregational schools, youth groups, camps, college campuses and Jewish communal organizations. Possible positions include: curriculum developer, Jewish special educator, early-childhood director, campus professional, directors of congregational learning, and camp director.
- Bachelor’s degree from accredited college or university
- Completed application and fee
- Official transcripts of all previous undergraduate and graduate study
- Three letters of recommendation
- Two reflective essays
- Admissions Interview via phone/Zoom
Applications for Fall 2022 enrollment will be accepted on a rolling basis until June 15, 2022.
Extensions are granted on a case-by-case basis, though financial aid awards may be more limited for late applications.
- Completion of 36 credits, detailed below.
- Successful completion of Hebrew assessment.
|Theory and Practice of Jewish Education||3|
|Models of Teaching||3|
|Seminar in Educational Leadership||3|
|Human Development and Learning||3|
|Special Education for Jewish Settings or other special education courses||3|
|Pedagogical Content Knowledge Course||9|
|Jewish Studies Elective||3|
|Supervised Field Experience||5|
|Graduate Research Seminar/Final Project||4|