Master of Jewish Education (MJEd)
A passion for Jewish education. A commitment to teaching students of diverse backgrounds, beliefs, and abilities. A desire to strengthen the 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. 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.
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 MJEd may be completed as a stand-alone degree or with a specialization in Early Childhood Jewish Education, Jewish Experiential Education, Jewish Special Education, or Interfaith Families Jewish Engagement. (The specialization in Interfaith Families Jewish Engagement will require a one-week summer residential seminar.) This 36-credit degree, which includes two supervised field experiences, may be completed in two years as a full-time student or in three years as a part-time student.
You Have More Time Than You Think
Wonder where you’ll find time for graduate study? Hebrew College MJED students have it figured out. Some even millennials and students juggling school and parenthood shared their Google calendars with us.
Our graduates teach and lead in day schools, congregational schools, youth groups, camps, college campuses and Jewish communal organizations throughout the country. If Jewish Education more than just a job for you, you can advance your career with an MJED from Hebrew College.
A Dynamic Community of Online Learners
As an online MJEd candidate, you will join a dynamic community of students from around the country and the world in an interactive virtual classroom with Hebrew College faculty. Hebrew College uses the Schoology online learning platform, giving you the opportunity to learn with ease and comfort, even if you have never previously studied online. 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 has been recognized nationally for its online learning programs. 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
Supervised field work 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 acquire advanced skills, explore new kinds of work and reflect on their practice. This invaluable learning opportunity, tailored to meet the professional goals and objectives of the individual student, is enriched by the three-way relationship among the student, the on-site supervisor and Hebrew College director of field experiences. Supervisors are either members of the trained Hebrew College clinical faculty team or specially recruited for their supervision and coaching skills and experience.
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, camps, college campuses and Jewish communal organizations. Professional opportunities include classroom teacher, curriculum developer, Jewish special educator, early-childhood director, campus professional, congregational family educator and camp director.
- Demonstrated Hebrew proficiency of Level 4 or higher
- Completion of 36 credits, detailed below:
- Bachelor’s degree from accredited college or university
- Completed application and fee
- Official transcripts of all previous undergraduate and graduate study
- Three letters of recommendation
- Two reflective essays
- Interview, in-person or by phone
Application review starts May 15 for fall admission, with a priority date of March 1, and Nov. 15 for spring admission. Extensions are granted on a case-by-case basis, though financial aid awards may be more limited for late applications.
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