Since 1969, the Rhea Hirsch School of Education has been in the forefront of preparing professional educational leaders who can face the challenges and questions about the present and future of Jewish life. Through its full time graduate programs it has prepared leaders for congregations, day schools, Jewish camps and Jewish community programs. The visionary leadership of these professionals has enabled them to reach out to Jews of all ages and connect them to the riches of the Jewish tradition and Jewish communal life. The core Master of Arts in Jewish Education (MAJE) program is also offered as a joint degree program with the Master of Arts in Jewish Nonprofit Management, as well as a one year degree program for rabbinical students of the Hebrew Union College. The Rhea Hirsch School of Education also offers a Certificate in Day School Teaching to students completing the 13-month DeLeT Fellowship.
The Rhea Hirsch School of Education is also a center for research and development. The school's most significant initiative is the Experiment in Congregational Education (ECE), the premier program of Jewish educational transformation. Learn more
Master of Arts in Jewish Education
The M.A. program in Jewish education aims to develop the concept of "educator" in its broadest sense. The goal is the training of a Jewish education generalist, prepared to serve in a variety of Jewish educational settings. The M.A. program in Jewish education offers multiple training options for careers in Jewish life.
Master of Arts in Jewish Education (MAJE) for rabbinical students
Rabbinical students from any campus of HUC-JIR may apply for matriculation in the M.A.J.E. program as participants in a special 14-month program. All requirements for the degree must be completed within this period of time, on the Los Angeles campus.
Joint Masters in Jewish Education and Jewish Nonprofit Management
For students who wish to combine the study of Jewish education with an emphasis on Jewish communal service, the Joint Master's program allows students to earn two separate degrees. In addition to the three years of the M.A.J.E. program, Joint Master's students spend the summer after the Year-in-Israel program and the summer between the Los Angeles academic years studying at HUC-JIR's School of Jewish Non Profit Management
. The clinical placement during the second year of study involves work in a communal agency, and during the third year involves work in an educational setting.
DeLeT - Day School Teachers for a New Generation (Certificate Program in Day School Teaching)
DeLeT is a thirteen month fellowship program to prepare teachers for liberal and community day schools. The program includes two summers in residence at the HUC-JIR Los Angeles campus and placement in a day school classroom with a mentor teacher during the intervening academic year. In addition to learning from the classroom experience, DeLeT fellows participate in ongoing professional development one day a week at the HUC-JIR Los Angeles campus. Generous fellowships are available. Alumni of the DeLeT program pursue careers in day school education through teaching, state credential programs, or MA degrees in Jewish education. For further information about DeLeT, please click here
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MAJE Course of Study
FIRST YEAR IN ISRAEL PROGRAM - (Jerusalem School)
Modern and Classical Hebrew Studies
Seminar: Education and Values in Israel
2nd Year MAJE/JM Students
- EDU 601A Teaching 1 (1.5)
- 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)
3rd Year MAJE/JM Students
- 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)
- HEB 602 Introduction to Aramaic (1.5)
- 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)
Faculty and Administration
- 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)
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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 at a program of congregational education or at another 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.
Each student enrolled in the Rhea Hirsch School of Education is assigned an Academic Advisor each year. The Academic Advisor is a member of the RHSOE teaching faculty.
The Academic Advisor's task is to monitor the student's progress in all areas related to the student's academic and professional development. In order to do this, the Academic Advisor meets with the student 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. Students 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). Student present their 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.
The Rhea Hirsch School of Education provides a rich combination of academic, professional and religious programming. Each year, several programs are offered to supplement formal coursework.
The Sara S. Lee Seminar
is a 24-hour retreat focused on the presentation of a guest scholar who brings his or her expertise in issues related to the American Jewish community to bear on Jewish education. The retreat held every other fall includes services and other opportunities to forge the Rhea Hirsch School of Education learning community. The "Sara Seminar" is named for Sara S. Lee, the long-time Director of the Rhea Hirsch School of Education. It is sponsored by the RHSOE Alumni Association.
The Cutter Colloquium
is a 24-hour retreat focused on the presentation of a guest scholar who brings his or her expertise in education to bear on Jewish education. The retreat held every other fall includes services and other opportunities to forge the Rhea Hirsch School of Education learning community. The Cutter Colloquium is named for the Founding Director of the Rhea Hirsch School of Education. It is sponsored by the RHSOE Alumni Association.
The Alumnus-in-Residence Program
brings an outstanding alumnus or alumna to campus for 3 days of programming every other fall. The alumnus or alumna is selected by his or her peers for outstanding achievement as a Jewish educator. He or she conducts an evening seminar, reads Torah in the Hilborn Synagogue, delivers a D'var Torah, conducts a lunch-and-learn program and teaches in several RHSOE classes. Students also have a chance to meet with the alumnus or alumna individually to discuss issues related to professional life as a Jewish educator. (Students are expected to attend the evening seminar, services and the lunch and learn program.) The Alumnus-in-Residence Program is sponsored by the RHSOE Alumni Association.
The Educator-in-Residence Program
brings an outstanding Jewish educator to campus for 3 days of programming every other year. The educator is selected because of interesting work he or she is doing in Jewish education. He or she conducts an evening seminar, and a lunch-and-learn program and teaches in several RHSOE classes. (Students are expected to attend the evening seminar and the lunch and learn program.)
For a complete list of course offerings and course descriptions, please see the Academic Catalog
HUC-JIR Skirball Museum
Tartak Learning Center
The Experiment in Congregational Education
Jewish Day Schools for the 21st Century
Creating Teaching Excellence in Congregational Education
Day school Leadership through Teaching (DeLeT)