Master of Arts in Jewish Education: Educational Leadership in Synagogues and Communal Settings

The master of arts degree in Jewish Education with a concentration in Educational Leadership prepares students for senior leadership positions in congregational education, including synagogue schools and a wide array of communal settings. This concentration is open to full-time, part-time, and online learning students, as well as rabbinical and cantorial students.

Through this advanced training, you will learn to:

  • Build Jewish community by supporting individuals and families
  • Lead congregational growth and change
  • Inspire and influence those around you in all settings

Graduates will become leaders as:

  • Directors of congregational learning
  • Education directors in communal organizations
  • Directors of adult education and learning
  • Directors of family and youth education
  • Principals
  • Camp assistant directors and directors
  • Hillel staff
  • Leaders at Jewish-education nonprofit organizations

Students of The Davidson School become proficient in speaking and reading Hebrew. Most students enter the school with some knowledge of Hebrew; however, we do offer classes to strengthen students' Hebrew skills. Proficiency allows learners to have an authentic experience with Jewish texts and traditions, and deepen their notions of Jewish community and peoplehood.

Benefits of Our Program

  • Assigned advisors to guide students through course work, practicum placements, and setting future career goals
  • Knowledge of Hebrew
  • Ability to lead and inspire the next generation
  • Immersion in a community of learners that is rooted in Jewish texts
  • Learning with one of North America's most renowned Jewish Education faculties
  • Yearlong mentoring by outstanding educational leaders in the world of practice
  • Yearlong internship at a carefully matched site
  • Building a network of professional colleagues in Jewish education

Special Opportunities at The Davidson School

  • Online—An option for those unable to study in-residence at JTS, as well as for those currently working in Jewish education
  • Visions and Voices of Israel Seminar—All full-time, in-residence, first-year students benefit from an exciting and rigorous, fully subsidized, weeklong educational seminar in Israel
  • Kesher HadashStudents have the opportunity to study in and experience Israel for the semester following the Visions and Voices of Israel Seminar, thereby earning a certificate in Israel Education
  • First-Year Mifgash—The Mifgash Professional and Personal Development Program is an opportunity for students to meet as a cohort at a weekly forum for community building and reflection on what it means to be a Jewish educator
  • Consortium with Teachers College, Columbia University—Students may enroll in courses at the nation's largest graduate school of education at no additional cost.
  • Summer Sessions—Students have the opportunity to study with expert visiting scholars

Ready to apply?

Through the generous gifts of William Davidson (z"l) and the Jim Joseph Foundation, The Davidson School is able to offer generous tuition fellowships to accepted students.

To learn more about requirements, course grids, and your practicum, please review the Academic Bulletin.