Course of Study

The Rhea Hirsch School of Education Master of Arts in Jewish Education is a three year full-time program, beginning with a year spent at the Jerusalem campus and followed by two years of study divided between core and elective courses.

First Year: The Year-In-Israel Program

  • Modern and Classical Hebrew Studies
  • Seminar: Education and Values in Israel

Click here to learn about our Year-In-Israel Program.

Second Year: Intensive

  • EDU 601A Teaching 1 (1.5)

Second Year: Fall

  • BIB 600 Bible (Torah) (3)
  • HEB 600 Hebrew Language 1 (3)
  • RAB 600 Mishnah 1 (3)
  • EDU 601B Teaching 2 (3)
  • EDU 605 Human Development (3)
  • EDU 610 Sociology of Jewish Education (3)
  • EDU 625A Supervised Teaching 1 (2)

Second Year: Spring

  • BIB 601 Bible (Nevi’im) (3)
  • HIS 601 Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages (3)
  • RAB 601 Midrash Exegetical (3)
  • RAB 603 Commentaries A (1.5)
  • EDU 601C Teaching 3 (1.5) (first half of semester)
  • EDU 615 Liturgy Practicum (1.5) (2nd half of semester)
  • EDU 620 Professional Learning 1 (3)
  • EDU 625B Supervised Teaching 2 (2)

Third Year: Intensive

  • HEB 602 Introduction to Aramaic (1.5)

Third Year: Fall

  • BIB 602 Bible 3 (Ketuvim) (3)
  • HIS 602 Modern Jewish History 3 (3)
  • RAB 605 Talmud A (3)
  • EDU 630A Curriculum 1 (3)
  • EDU 635A Organizational Systems 1 (3)
  • EDU 640A Leadership and Management 1 (3)
  • EDU 650A Supervised Administration 1 (2)

Third Year: Spring

  • PHI 602 Jewish Thought: Modern/Contemporary (1.5)
  • EDU 630B Curriculum 2 (3)
  • EDU 645 Ideologies of Jewish Education 1 (3)
  • EDU 650B Supervised Administration 2 (2)
  • EDU 655 Family Systems (2)
  • EDU 699 Guided Research on Curriculum (2)

Faculty and Administration
Visit our Faculty and Administration section.

Clinical Education

Clinical Education is an integral part of the Rhea Hirsch School of Education, and the internship is its focus. Each student is assigned to a responsible position at a clinical education site, either in a congregational setting or at an educational agency. Clinical learning emphasizes the acquisition of knowledge and skills though practice, direct observation and analysis of professional activity. It works in tandem with the student’s academic coursework to strengthen the potential for professional growth and development. As such, it is a vital part of the academic, professional and religious education that the RHSOE offers.

Academic Advisors

Each of our students in the Rhea Hirsch School of Education is assigned an Academic Advisor each year. Your Academic Advisor, a member of the RHSOE teaching faculty, will support and challenge you in all areas related to your academic and professional development. In order to do this, your Academic Advisor will meet with you on a biweekly basis throughout the school year.

Capstone: The Curriculum Guide

The Curriculum Guide serves as the capstone project for the Rhea Hirsch School of Education. As a MAJE student, you will begin working on the Curriculum Guide as part of EDU630A (Curriculum 1) and continue working independently in the spring as part of EDU699 (Guided Research on Curriculum). You will present your Curriculum Guide to the Rhea Hirsch School of Education community and the Jack H. Skirball Campus community at the Rhea Hirsch Showcase held each spring.