The Shoolman Graduate School seeks to develop and nurture outstanding leaders in the field of Jewish education. Raising aspirations and deepening knowledge, we seek to educate professionals who can transform Jewish educational settings with innovative teaching and learning that inspires creativity, fosters spirituality, integrates diverse learners and enhances digital wisdom.
The nurturing of Jewish educators has been a core component of Hebrew College’s mission since its founding as Hebrew Teachers College in 1921. The Shoolman Graduate School offers doctoral and master’s degrees as well as professional certificates in Jewish education through on-campus and distance learning. We aim to develop leaders and educators for diverse venues and global settings. The Shoolman School reflects the ethos of Hebrew College: We value the diversity of learners, we respect individual learning needs and we are committed to the teaching of inclusion in Jewish education.
Our full-time and part-time graduate students are engaged in the spectrum of Jewish educational settings (day schools, preschools, congregational schools, informal settings and camps, etc.) and experience working as Jewish educators in the field, while simultaneously reflecting and growing through their course work. Individually supervised field experience with our clinical faculty highlights the importance of Jewish education as a practical art. Through our comprehensive distance learning and blended learning platforms, we support emerging Jewish educational leaders in their innovative work locally, nationally and internationally.
The Shoolman School, in association with Combined Jewish Philanthropies, provides professional development services for the Jewish community and further afield in the areas of special education, congregationl education, early childhood education and experiential education.
In addition, students in Hebrew College Rabbinical School and School of Jewish Music have the opportunity to enrich their professional training with a Master of Jewish Education degree. Joint programs with Northeastern University (EdD with concentration in Jewish education leadership), the Pardes Institute in Israel (day-school Jewish studies teachers) and BBYO (nonprofit management and experiential Jewish education) have been successfully extending the reach of the School of Education, creating a vibrant student body and, at the same time, an intimate and spiritually reflective community of learners.