Master of Jewish Education (Hybrid)
Building on Hebrew College’s long-standing tradition of training outstanding Jewish educators, the Master in Jewish Education Program offers a comprehensive curriculum that combines leadership for learning, pedagogic
application, and social and spiritual learning; supervised field experience; with an opportunity to become an iCenter Fellow for the teaching of Israel.
This Master in 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 and on Campus plus two supervised field experiences.
- duration 6 semesters online, 2 summer intensives on Campus, 2 year program
Financial Aid: Scholarships available for midcareer 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.
The 5 Advantages of a Specialized Master of Jewish Education Degree
- You develop a more specific expertise as you concentrate coursework, field experience and a masters thesis in one area of interest.
- You will feel uniquely prepared for the particular challenges of your chosen field.
- Employers seek professionals who offer specialized knowledge and experience.
- The Hebrew College community gives you the opportunity to develop a network of colleagues in your field.
Supervised fieldwork in a Jewish setting is an integral and required part of the MJEd program at Hebrew College— providing students with the opportunity to acquire advanced skills, explore new kinds of work and reflect on their practice. This invaluable learning opportunity, tailored to meet the professional goals and objectives of the individual student, is enriched by the three-way relationship among the student, the on-site supervisor and the Hebrew College director of field experiences. Supervisors are either members of the trained Hebrew College clinical faculty team or professionals specially recruited for their supervision and coaching skills, and experience.
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. This degree may be completed in two years as a full-time student. Complete coursework online and on Campus. 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, even if you have never previously studied online. You will also build a personal relationship with your faculty adviser, who will help you to create an individualized program and 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.
Hebrew language is an integral part of our master’s program. Students are required to fulfill the Hebrew level assessment by the time they graduate. Hebrew courses may be taken before or during the program. Hebrew College offers an Ulpan Program on Campus.
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. Professional opportunities include classroom teacher, curriculum developer, Jewish special educator, early-childhood director, campus professional, congregational family educator and camp director.
You might be interested in this articleby alumna Orna Siegel MJEd’16 entitled, “Taking it to the Next Level: How a Master’s in Jewish Education Helped Me Advance My Career.” Siegel is Director of Enrollment and Tuition Assistance at Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School in Washington, D.C.
- 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
Fall: May 15, with a priority deadline of March 1
Spring: November 15
Extensions are granted on a case-by-case basis, though financial aid awards may be more limited for late applications.
- Demonstrated Hebrew proficiency
- Completion of 36 credits, detailed below:
|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|
|Pedagogic application courses||15|
|Jewish Studies electives||3|
|Two supervised field experiences||2|
|Graduate Research Seminar/Final Project||1|