The Center for Jewish Special Education

Jewish Special Education

The Center for Jewish Special Education is dedicated to developing a cadre of Jewish special educators and inclusive classroom teachers who can help students with special learning needs meet success in their learning.

Certificate in Jewish Special Education

To ensure that every student has access to effective Jewish education, teachers must be equipped to address multiple learning styles and the range of special learning needs of children and teens in the variety of educational setting they attend. There is a critical need for experts in Jewish special education program design and implementation, as well as for generalists with a broad repetoire of inclusive classroom teaching approaches.

Course of Study (18 credits) 

There are 12 credits of required courses and six credits of electives, chosen with your academic advisor. All courses may be taken for professional development, for noncredit.

Sampling of Core Courses
Jewish Views on Disabilities
Autism-Spectrum Disorders in Jewish Settings
Special Education and Second Language Acquisition: Implications for Hebrew
Impact of Disabilities on Behavior
 Differentiated Instruction (Jewish Curriculum — Holidays, History)
 Supervised Field Experience (open to certificate students only)
Sampling of Electives
B’nei Mitzvah Instruction for Students with Special Needs
Jewish Adolescents and Special Education
Administration of Special Education in Jewish Settings
Managing Jewish Inclusive Classrooms
 Special Education and Technology
















MJEd Option

Graduate credits earned toward the Certificate in Jewish Special Education may be applied toward the Master of Jewish Education. Additional application materials are required for admission to the MJEd program.

The Student Experience

Our students are both Boston-based and spread throughout the United States and abroad, as we reach beyond our walls with online technology for teaching and learning. Coursework can be completed entirely online or, if you live within commuting distance of Hebrew College, as a combination of on-campus and online study.

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited four-year college or university

Application Requirements

  • Completed application and fee
  • Official transcripts of all previous undergraduate and graduate study
  • One letter of recommendation
  • One personal essay
  • Interview, in-person or by phone


Bob Gielow
Director of Enrollment Management

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