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We prepare leaders at any point in their career to disrupt the educational status quo and build flourishing, future-forward Jewish learning communities.

Our programs produce creative, sophisticated and resourceful educational leaders with highly sought-after careers. Our alumni spearhead innovative, transformational and sustainable Jewish learning experiences of tomorrow. 

Whether you’re still exploring your options, or already have an established resume, we will help find your true voice as a leader and changemaker within a vibrant, modern Jewish community. 

Schedule an appointment with a member of our admissions team. 

Hallmarks of an HUC-JIR Education Degree

Through our whole-person leadership approach, we support creative educators who seek a lifetime of fulfilling work that provides passion, learning and joy, transforming lives and enriching communities. During your two to three years at HUC-JIR, you will:

    • Reap the benefits of personalized attention and mentorship from leading Jewish education scholars and thought leaders.
    • Immerse yourself in Jewish study and reconnect with your own personal spiritual journey. 
    • Collaborate with a diverse array of student peers in hands-on courses and real-world professional opportunities, gaining practical skills to advance your career.
    • Imagine and innovate creative ways to curate rich cultural experiences for a new generation. 

Academic Programs

Find the program that best meets your career stage and goals:

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Designed for Emerging Career Students

Are you launching your career as a Jewish educational leader? Our Master of Educational Leadership (M.Ed.L.) is designed for creative, dynamic, passionate educators who are eager to lead change, curate Jewish learning experiences, and transform the world through education. Engage in innovative professional work while pursuing graduate studies to advance your career and become a more effective change-maker. 

Learn more about the Master of Educational Leadership and concurrent Master of Arts in Jewish Learning.
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Designed for Midcareer Leaders

The Executive M.A. in Jewish education is designed for leaders with at least five years of experience in a Jewish educational leadership position. The degree offers a stellar cohort of passionate professionals who study at in-person intensives and online with HUC-JIR’s renowned academic faculty and clinical faculty mentors. The introductory “Taste of the Executive M.A.” Introduction to Jewish Leadership course will be offered in Fall 2019. 

Learn more about the Executive M.A. Program.
Contact Dr. Lesley Litman, Program Director, at


DeLeT students

A Credential Program for Aspiring Day School Teachers

See what teaching excellence and innovation in Jewish day schools is all about, and along the way, find the path to fulfill your values and goals while making a difference in the lives of children and their families. Earn a California State Teaching Credential and a Certificate in Jewish Day School Teaching in this 13-month program which uniquely combines graduate-level coursework and a yearlong internship in a Jewish Day School in Los Angeles, San Diego, or the San Francisco Bay Area.

Learn more about DeLeT.
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Rikma students

Promote Pluralistic Judaism in Israel

If you are an Israeli educator seeking to implement pluralistic Jewish education in your Israeli educational institution, explore RIKMA, our two-year program in Israel, requiring one day of on-campus study per week at our Taube Family Campus in Jerusalem. Students receive an M.A. in Education from the Hebrew University upon successful completion of the program.

Learn more about Rikma.
Contact Dr. Muszkat-Barkan at


Post Graduation

HUC-JIR’s leading alumni in Jewish education currently serve in a variety of settings and roles, including:

Jewish Camping

  • Camp Director, URJ 6 Points Sci-Tech Academy 
  • Camp Director, URJ 6 Points Creative Arts Academy

Congregational Life

  • Director of Lifelong Learning, Congregation
  • Director of Families with Young Children
  • Director of Adult Learning

Day School Education

  • Dean of Student and Family Life, Day School
  • Head of School, Jewish Day School

Innovative Start Ups and Businesses

  • Founder and Director, Lev Children’s Museum
  • Founder and Director, Tzedek America

Campus Life

  • Senior Jewish Educator, Campus Hillel
  • Director of Knowledge Management and Collaboration at Hillel International

Communal Organizations, Nonprofit Agencies

  • Community Early Childhood and Family Engagement Consultant, Jewish Education Project 
  • Director of Rabbinic and Community Engagement, JStreet 
  • Director of Jewish Learning Initiatives, Jewish Federation
  • V.P. Learning for Life, Skirball Cultural Center

Schedule an appointment with a member of our admissions team.