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Requirements for the Jewish Education concentration

The Master of Arts degree in Jewish Studies, Jewish Education concentration, is designed to give you broad-based knowledge of Jewish education and teaching methodologies. The program is a 30 or 36 credit master’s depending on whether you take the thesis track or not, with three or four required core concentration courses (9-12 credits).

Thesis Track

Recommended for students seeking to continue their studies toward an Ed.D. degree, the requirements for the thesis track are:

  • A minimum of 30 credits of approved graduate coursework
  • 24 of the 30 credits must be in your area of specialization, and 12 of the credits will be core concentration courses. Note: there will be overlap with courses that can count as both a core course and a course in your area of specialization
  • Submission and approval of a master’s thesis

Non-Thesis Track

Recommended for those who do not plan to pursue a degree beyond a master’s, non-thesis track requirements are:

  • A minimum of 36 credits of approved graduate coursework
  • 24 of the 36 credits must be in your area of specialization, and 9 of the credits will be core concentration courses. Note: there will be overlap as a core course could also be in your area of specialization
  • Successful completion of a written comprehensive examination in the area of specialization

Core concentration courses

  • An advanced research seminar leading toward the thesis (for thesis-track students only)
  • A methodological seminar: practicum in teaching strategies (3 credits)
  • A two-course sequence examining Jewish literature, culture, and history of the medieval and modern periods (3 credits each course)

Elective courses

Electives are available in the areas of philosophy and psychology of Jewish education; classroom instruction and management; curriculum development; and teaching methodology.