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).
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
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 (EJSN 674) leading toward the thesis (for thesis-track students only)
- A methodological seminar (EJSN 670): practicum in teaching strategies (3 credits)
- A two-course sequence (HJGN 600-Medieval & HJGN 601-Modern) examining Jewish literature, culture, and history of the medieval and modern periods (3 credits each course)
Electives are available in the areas of philosophy and psychology of Jewish education; classroom instruction and management; curriculum development; and teaching methodology.