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Frequently asked Questions:


What is the course of study?

DeLeT fellows take courses that help them explore both the specific context of Jewish day schools and courses that prepare them to become general studies teachers and earn their preliminary California teaching credential.  Over the course of two summers and one academic year, Fellows take courses in pedagogy, curriculum, child development, educational technology, methods for teaching Math, Literacy, Social Studies, and Science, as well as courses in teaching Jewish texts, prayer, values, and Israel.

What kinds of support will I receive as a DeLeT Fellow?

In their field placement, Fellows are supported by Clinical Educators, who offer a big-picture perspective on teaching and learning, and help connect field experience to DeLeT coursework. In-school mentors serve as daily guides, working alongside Fellows in classrooms and giving regular feedback on classroom teaching.  Fellows are also matched with a “madricha” (guide) who helps them explore Judaic studies and Jewish life at their field placement. 

Will I receive a stipend for my teaching internship?

Students receive a stipend of $10,000 over the 10 months of the school year. 

Will I earn a California teaching credential? 

Upon completion of the fellowship you will earn a Certificate in Day School Teaching from HUC-JIR.  Pending completion of the state credentialing requirements, you will be prepared with the California Preliminary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential.

What are the tuition and fees for DeLeT?

DeLeT students receive generous scholarships bringing the cost of tuition down to $5,000 for the 13-month program.

Students should budget $2,000 for the state-mandated tests, textbooks, and other reading materials.

Students may also be eligible for federal student loans to cover the tuition cost and living expenses. To apply for student loans please complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid – www.fafsa.ed.gov and use the school code G04054.


Applying to DeLeT Programs


What are the prerequisites to apply to DeLeT?

You must be able to meet the following requirements.

  • A BA or BS degree from an accredited college or university.

  • An academic record reflecting the ability to do graduate work at a 3.0 grade point average or above on a four-point scale.

  • A readiness to engage in academic study and to meet the intellectual, ethical, and emotional demands of the program and the school-based internship.

  • An aptitude for clear oral and written self-expression.

How do I apply?  

See the Application Instructions page


DeLeT L’Ivrit and the Certificate in Excellence in Teaching Hebrew


What is DeLeT L’Ivrit?

DeLeT L’Ivrit is a special track within DeLeT for exceptional students who wish to pursue both their general studies credential and receive training and support in developing their skills to teach Hebrew. 

DeLeT L’Ivrit candidates must be fluent in both English and Hebrew, and meet all other DeLeT admissions requirements.  To learn more about DeLeT L’Ivrit, see our FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (In Hebrew) or contact us at  delet@huc.edu or 213-765-2162.

What is the DeLeT L’Ivrit Certificate in Excellence in Teaching Hebrew?

If you currently serve as a Jewish Day School teacher or teaching assistant, have a passion for teaching the Hebrew language, and seek to improve your teaching skills, this program is for you! 

Certificate students take part in a week-long intensive during the summer, followed by online  courses on Sundays from 3:00-6:00 pm for one academic year. Studies include Hebrew Linguistics, Hebrew Language Pedagogy, and more.   Certificate Applicants must have 2-6 years of teaching experience, a B.A. from an accredited university or equivalent, and be bilingual. Click here to learn more.


After DeLeT


Where do DeLeT alumni work?

DeLeT alumni are recruited by day schools around the United States. While our alumni are responsible for securing post-DeLeT employment, DeLeT provides support and guidance during the placement process and works with schools in which alumni are employed to encourage these schools to develop an environment which supports new teacher learning. Recent alumni work as associate teachers and lead teachers, specialists, and administrators.

How will I earn my permanent credential?

Like all new teachers in California, graduates of the DeLeT program must "clear" their credential within five years of receiving it by participating in a two-year program of mentoring and advanced study of their practice. DeLeT alumni are eligible to participate in the DeLeT Induction Program which fulfills this obligation.