Early Childhood Jewish Education

Early Childhood Jewish Education

Hebrew College's Early Childhood Institute, founded in 1987, is dedicated to expanding and deepening the Judaic and pedagogic knowledge and skills of early childhood educators. Our certificate, degree and professional-development programs reach out to many communities within and beyond the Greater Boston area.

Certificate in Early Childhood Jewish Education (18 credits)

For young children, Jewish learning should be an exciting adventure that inspires a lifelong love of Judaism. Key to that formative process is the Jewish preschool, where Jewish educators introduce text-based Jewish values, traditions and Hebrew language to children and their parents — at a time in a family’s life when all are open to new practices and commitments.

The Certificate in Early Childhood Jewish Education equips you with the knowledge and skills to integrate the study of Hebrew language and Jewish values, traditions and culture with developmentally appropriate methods for teaching young children and their parents.  The certificate may be taken for either undergraduate or graduate credit.

Course of Study
Teaching Jewish Values to Young Children 3 credits
Creating a Developmentally Appropriate Early Childhood Curriculum 3 credits
Families, Schools and Community 3 credits
Jewish Symbols and Life Cycle OR Special Education in the Early Childhood Classroom 3 credits
Hebrew for Early Childhood Education 3 credits
Bible and Israel for Early Childhood Education 3 credits









MJEd Option

Graduate credits earned toward the Certificate in Early Childhood Jewish Education may be applied toward the Master of Jewish Education, upon approval of the academic advising faculty. Additional application materials are required for admission to the MJEd program.

Admissions Requirements

  • For undergraduate credit: associate's degree or its equivalent, or requisite educational experience
  • For graduate credit: bachelor's degree from an accredited four-year college or university
  • Application
  • Application fee
  • Official transcripts 
  • One letter of recommendation