Masters of Jewish Education

Designed for Today’s Jewish Educator. Our pedagogic application courses enable students to apply Judaic content knowledge to a variety of educational settings. At the same time, students have the opportunity to deepen and enrich their knowledge of Jewish texts, Jewish history, and Jewish life and values.

  • time All. For Jewish teachers and educators working in Jewish educational settings who want to transform their educational practice.
  • location Online plus two supervised field experiences. On-campus study option available.
  • duration 36 credits. 2 years, full time or 2.5-3 years, part-time.
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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.

Create a Program of Study That Works for You

Whether you are new to the profession or a Jewish educator who wants to move ahead in your career, you will be able to create a Master of Jewish Education (MJEd) program of study that meets your unique interests.

Customize Your Degree

The MJEd may be taken as a stand-alone degree or include an area of specialization.

*Interfaith Families Jewish Engagement (IFJE) includes a required one-week summer residential seminar.

The 5 Advantages of a Specialized Master of Jewish Education Degree

  1. You develop a more specific expertise as you concentrate coursework, field experiences and a masters thesis in one area of interest.
  2. You may complete the specialization full time or part time
  3. You will feel uniquely prepared for the particular challenges of your chosen field.
  4. Employers seek professionals who offer specialized knowledge and experience.
  5. 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 or in three years as a part-time student. Complete coursework entirely online or, if you live within commuting distance of Hebrew College, as a combination of on-campus and online study. Note: Hebrew College also offers the MJEd in conjunction with rabbinical or cantorial ordination.

Being a mother and working, hebrew College’s online MJEd program was just the right balance for me. I could do it on my own time and at my own pace.

Iris Schor, MJEd`16

Some millennials and students juggling school and parenthood even shared their Google calendars with us to show how they juggle work and their studies.

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

Hebrew language is an integral part of our master’s program. Students are required to take a placement test and pass level 4 by the time they graduate. Hebrew courses may be taken before or during the program. Hebrew College offers online and on-campus (including Ulpan) courses.

Rabbi Dr. Michael Shire, Chief Academic Officer at Hebrew College and Dean of the Shoolman Graduate School of Jewish Education 

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.

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from accredited college or university

Application Requirements

  • Completed application and fee
  • Official transcripts of all previous undergraduate and graduate study
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Two reflective essays
  • Interview, in-person or by phone

Application Deadline

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.

Degree Requirements

  • Demonstrated Hebrew proficiency of Level 4 or higher
  • Completion of 36 credits, detailed below:
Theory and Practice of Jewish Education

Models of Teaching

Seminar in Educational Leadership

Human Development and Learning

Special Education for Jewish Settings or other special education courses

Pedagogic application courses

Jewish Studies electives

Two supervised field experiences

Graduate Research Seminar/Final Project


Contact Info

Debrah Ron
Schoolman Graduate School of Jewish Education
Hebrew College

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Application Deadline: Fall: May 15, with a priority deadline of March 1. Spring November 15