The Center for Jewish Special Education

Jewish Special Education

The Center for Jewish Special Education: Mercaz Meyuchad 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.

To ensure that every student has access to effective Jewish education, teachers must be equipped to address multiple learning styles and the various special needs of children and teens in the variety of educational settings 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 repertoire of inclusive classroom teaching approaches.

To this end, the Shoolman Graduate School of Jewish Education created a Jewish special education program in 2000, leading to a graduate Certificate in Jewish Special Education that can be incorporated into a Master of Jewish Education degree. Designed for busy professionals who want to broaden their reach within the Jewish classroom, this 12-credit program is taken asynchronously online.

Course of Study

All modules are one credit each. Modules with an asterisk are required for the certificate. Three additional credits are elective, chosen with your academic adviser. All courses may be taken for professional development, for noncredit.

Core Courses
Jewish Views on Disabilities 1 credit
High-Incidence Special Needs in Jewish Settings 1 credit
Autism-Spectrum Disorders in Jewish Settings 1 credit
Special Education and Second Language Acquisition: Implications for Hebrew 1 credit
Impact of Disabilities on Behavior 1 credit
Differentiated Instruction (Jewish Curriculum – Holidays, History) 1 credit
Curriculum Accommodations 1 credit
Field Experience (open to certificate students only) 1 credit
Case Study, Curriculum and Evaluation 1 credit
Elective Courses:
Early Childhood Special Education: Identifying & Supporting Young Children in Jewish Classrooms 1 credit
B’nei Mitzvah Instruction for Students with Special Needs 1 credit
Jewish Adolescents and Special Education 1 credit
Early Hebrew Literacy 1 credit
Spoken-Language Acquisition 1 credit
Working with Biblical and Rabbinic Texts 1 credit
Basics of Assessment (Tests, Standard Scores) 1 credit
Assessments for Hebrew-English Language Environments 1 credit
Managing Jewish Inclusive Classrooms 1 credit
Administration of Special Education in Jewish Settings 1 credit
Special Education and Technology 1 credit



































MJEd Option

Graduate credits earned toward the Certificate in Jewish Special 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

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited four-year college or university
  • Application
  • Application fee
  • Official transcripts
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Demonstrated proficiency in reading and comprehension of basic biblical Hebrew texts as well as a working knowledge of fundamental modern Hebrew