Earning a master of arts degree in Jewish Education, with a focus on Teaching and Practice, prepares students of the William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education of The Jewish Theological Seminary to excel as day school teachers and leaders.
Our program is designed to offer students the advanced knowledge and pedagogical skills they will need as they eventually move into day school and early childhood education teaching positions. During the first half of their degree, students take courses to improve their teaching abilities (e.g., curriculum development and classroom management) and, in the second half, they live the lives of professional teachers in their practicum, working in a local day school two days each week and learning from master teachers.
Opportunity for a Master's Degree in Jewish Studies
Students in the Teaching and Practice concentration at The Davidson School are also encouraged to pursue a simultaneous master's degree in Jewish Studies at The Graduate School. Pursuing a course of study in Bible, Talmud, or Jewish History, for example, deepens students' understanding of Judaism and allows them to engage in rigorous Jewish text study at the highest levels. Being able to demonstrate solid grounding in Jewish content in addition to excellent academic training, also helps students stand out in the job market when seeking a day school or early childhood education teaching position.
The Davidson School's tuition fellowship program covers students for up to three years, and enables them to complete both of the master's degrees (in Jewish Education and Jewish Studies) in that time.
Expertise in Hebrew
In addition to benefitting from this sophisticated pedagogical, skill-based approach and their newly acquired Judaic knowledge, students become fluent in speaking and reading Hebrew at The Davidson School. Most students enter the Teaching and Practice concentration with a strong base in Hebrew; however, classes are offered to strengthen Hebrew skills for all students at all levels. Fluency in the Hebrew language permits students and teachers to have a more authentic experience with Jewish texts and traditions and deepens their notions of Jewish community and peoplehood.
If you want to . . .
. . . then The Davidson School is the place for you.
Davidson School graduates are role models for a lifelong path of Jewish intellectual, emotional, and spiritual engagement. Graduates with an MA in Jewish Education and concentration in Teaching and Practice become leaders in their communities as:
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To learn more about requirements, course grids, and your practicum, please review the Academic Bulletin.