California Commission on Teacher Credentialing Appoints HUC-JIR as Assessor Institution for Hebrew Language - Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion
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California Commission on Teacher Credentialing Appoints HUC-JIR as Assessor Institution for Hebrew Language

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Wednesday, October 7, 2009

The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing has asked Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) to serve as an assessor institution for its Languages Other Than English (LOTE) programs.  HUC-JIR will administer Hebrew language competency examinations for State candidates seeking a single-subject teaching credential in world languages (foreign languages), with a focus on Hebrew.


In addition to offering teaching credentials in European languages such as Spanish, French, German, Italian, and Latin, the State offers credentials in Asian languages such as Cantonese, Mandarin, Japanese, Korean, and Vietnamese.  It is now in the process of adding less commonly taught languages including Arabic, Armenian, Farsi, Punjabi, and Hebrew.


The role of HUC-JIR will be to assess candidates who wish to teach Hebrew and are studying for their single-subject teaching credentials in Hebrew at other institutions.  Spoken Hebrew, as well as Hebrew reading and writing will be evaluated for the State.


HUC-JIR already offers a multiple-subject credential through its highly regarded DeLeT teacher education program, a 13-month program that prepares well qualified candidates to teach in Jewish day schools.


For information about the LOTE assessment or about DeLeT, contact

Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is North America's leading institution of higher Jewish education and the academic, spiritual, and professional leadership development center of Reform Judaism. HUC-JIR educates leaders to serve North American and world Jewry as rabbis, cantors, educators, and nonprofit management professionals, and offers graduate programs to scholars and clergy of all faiths. With centers of learning in Cincinnati, Jerusalem, Los Angeles, and New York, HUC-JIR's scholarly resources comprise the renowned Klau Library, The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, museums, research institutes and centers, and academic publications. In partnership with the Union for Reform Judaism and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, HUC-JIR sustains the Reform Movement's congregations and professional and lay leaders. HUC-JIR's campuses invite the community to cultural and educational programs illuminating Jewish heritage and fostering interfaith and multiethnic understanding.