Master of Jewish Education
A passion for Jewish education. A commitment to teach students of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and abilities. A desire to strengthen Jewish community.
These are the qualities that define graduates of Hebrew College’s Master of Jewish Education degree program. Building on Hebrew College’s long-standing tradition of training outstanding Jewish educators, the Shoolman Graduate School of Jewish Education offers a comprehensive curriculum that combines best educational practices, a solid grounding in Jewish texts, supervised field experience and opportunities to specialize in an area of concentration.
Students for the Master of Jewish Education may complete coursework entirely online or, if you live within commuting distance of Hebrew College, as a combination of on-campus and online study.
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 program of study that meets your unique interests. The online MJEd may be completed as a stand-alone degree or with a specialization in either Jewish Special Education, Early Childhood Jewish Education or Jewish Informal Education.
This 36-credit degree, which includes supervised field experience in your home community, may be completed in two years as a full-time student or in two years plus the intervening summer as a part-time student.
A Dynamic Community of Online Learners
As an MJEd candidate, you will join a dynamic community of online students from around the country and the world in an interactive virtual classroom with Hebrew College faculty. 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 is a pioneer in online Jewish education and offered the first online Master of Arts in Jewish Studies degree program on the Internet. 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.
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.
Applying Theory to Practice
A full academic year-long supervised experience in a Jewish setting is an integral and required part of the MJED program at Hebrew College. The field experience provides students with the opportunity to aquire advanced skills, expore new kinds of work and reflect on their practice. Opportunities for professional reflection allow students to think about their actions and consider alternitives and implications for future action.
The feedback and support that students receive during this time is a keystone of the experience. This invaluable learning opportunity, which is tailored to meet the professional goals and objectives of the individual student, is enriched by a three-way relationship between the student, the on-site supervisor and Hebrew College director of field experiences.
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 and camps. Professional opportunities include classroom teacher, curriculum developer, Jewish special educator, early-childhood director, congregational family educator, youth leader and camp director.
Students must demonstrate proficiency in reading and comprehension of basic biblical Hebrew texts as well as a working knowledge of fundamental modern Hebrew.
Hebrew College also offers the MJEd in conjunction with a Bachelor of Jewish Education or a Master of Arts in Jewish Studies, as well as in conjunction with rabbinical or cantorial ordination.
Course of Study
|Introduction to Theory and Practice||3 credits|
|Models of Teaching||3 credits|
|Seminar in Educational Leadership||3 credits|
|Human Development & Learning||3 credits|
|Special Education for Jewish Settings or other special education courses||3 credits|
|Jewish Studies pedagogic application courses||15 credits|
|Jewish Studies electives||3 credits|
|Field experience||2 credits|
|Graduate Research Seminar/Final Project||1 credit|
- Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university
- Application with fee
- Official transcripts of all previous undergraduate and graduate study
- Three letters of recommendation
The Shoolman Graduate School of Jewish Education is currently recruiting for the spring semester of its Midcareer Fellowship program, beginning in February 2014. For details, click here.