Master of Arts in Education


Master of Arts in Education

This full-time two-year graduate program combines current leading theory and methods in education with deep engagement with Jewish texts and thought. Broad-based coursework provides students with the core knowledge and skills they need to enter a wide variety of professional roles as well as the educational vision to transform the settings in which they work. An integrated three-semester sequence on Teaching and Learning introduces students to best practices in pedagogy and curriculum development. Courses in Human Development, Sociology of Education and Philosophy of Education provide a wide lens and a sophisticated vocabulary for identifying the needs of Jewish learners and the Jewish community and envisioning innovative approaches to meet those needs. Teaching and administrative fieldwork, accompanied by a four-semester sequence titled “Reflective Practice,” enables educators to apply theory to practice and draw important lessons from their own experience. A full complement of Judaic coursework and Hebrew language study enriches students’ personal Jewish journeys as well as their ability to connect their learners to text and tradition. Personal attention is a hallmark of the program as students prepare for varied career paths. All students are matched with mentors in the field whose career experience complements their particular interests.

The program includes two academic years and a summer semester. The summer semester runs from approximately the last week in June through the first week in August.

  • New for Fall 2013: Announcing the Legacy Heritage Midcareer Fellowship, a substantial scholarship, offering individualized three year tracks for working professionals.

Master of Arts in Teaching

The MAT is an innovative two-year program that enables working educators to receive a Master of Arts degree specializing in Jewish teaching without leaving their teaching positions. Made possible by the support of Janine and Peter Lowy, the MAT is designed to enable full-time Jewish educators to study cutting-edge educational theory and practice, enhance their pedagogical skills, deepen their engagement with Jewish texts and ideas and become visionary educators who can serve as teacher leaders and transform Jewish education from within the classroom. Attending classes in the evening, on occasional Sunday afternoons and during two intensive five-week summer semesters, students are able to balance the demands of work and the intensive coursework of a graduate program.

This is a six semester program. The next cohort will begin with a summer semester than runs from June 24 through August 5, 2013.

  • New for Fall 2013: Announcing the Legacy Heritage Midcareer Fellowship, a substantial scholarship, offering individualized three year tracks for working professionals.

Program in Experiential Education

Our philosophy of education is that effective experiential learning need not be limited to a particular setting. Thus, all of our coursework integrates theories and principles of experiential education, and all of our students have opportunities for learning at both of our campuses. In addition, we offer a set of additional electives to MAEd students who wish to prepare for careers as “experiential educators,” including an environmental outdoor experience, a special topics seminar tailored to the interests of the particular cohort, and several choices of immersion experiences in different innovative contexts in the Los Angeles area. They may also complete their teaching and administrative fieldwork in the innovative outdoor learning programs located at the Brandeis-Bardin Campus.

Dual Degree Program: Master of Arts in Education/Master of Business Administration

Fingerhut students who are interested in pursuing educational initiatives in the nonprofit sector, service learning or community work can complete a combined MAEd and MBA in Nonprofit Management in three years. This program combines the fundamentals of educational theory and practice with an MBA focusing on leadership, management, capacity-building, sustainability and social enterprise. Students have the opportunity to be mentored by leading practitioners in both the educational and nonprofit management arenas.

Dual Degree Program: Master of Arts in Education/Rabbinic Ordination

Students in the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies may opt to take an additional year of study to complete the MAEd, which will prepare them to be master educators, congregational education directors, day school educators and experiential educators.

Dual Degree Program: Master of Arts in Education/Bachelor of Arts

The Fingerhut School of Education offers an opportunity for motivated undergraduate students to acquire a BA and MAEd in five years. With approval of their undergraduate advisor and the Dean of the Fingerhut School of Education, undergraduate students who pursue the joint BA/ MAEd may begin selected graduate study in their senior year.