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Shape a new generation of global-minded Jewish citizens. 

Do you love working with young people and their families? Are you ready to develop the skills and connections to apply your knowledge of Judaism, literature, or science in a setting where you can make an impact?  Are you brimming with ideas about how to create a better Jewish day school experience? 

Go beyond a credential and commit to a lifetime of learning. Your interest in working with young people and serving the community through Jewish education will lead to a career of fulfilling work and relationships. 

As immersive sites for teaching and learning, Jewish day schools are institutions that can shape Jewish hearts, minds and souls with capacities for responsible, kind and values-driven thinking and action. There is a high demand for skilled teachers for these transformative environments. Your impactful, life-changing career is waiting. Schools are seeking a passionate candidate like you.

Our goal is to prepare modern, progressive Jewish day school teachers with the tools, and experience to successfully transform children’s lives through learning. DeLeT is the only Jewish teacher credentialing program of its kind serving the West Coast, and our alumni are in high demand every hiring season.

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Program Details:

During your time at HUC-JIR, you will:

  • Enroll in a unique 13-month program that fosters the core knowledge, skills, and professional development needed for effective day school teaching.
  • Participate in a mentored teaching residency in a Jewish day school in Los Angeles, San Diego, or the San Francisco Bay area while attending (on-site or remote) weekly seminars.
  • Observe and teach 150 hours at a public school to strengthen engagement with the American education system and civic life.
  • Spend five weeks of the summers before and after the academic year studying on the HUC-JIR campus.
  • Learn from experienced, highly effective working teachers who serve as clinical faculty and mentors
  • Work towards your California Preliminary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential and a Certificate in Day School Teaching
  • Apply to join the DeLeT MAT program upon completion of your DeLeT year and earn a Master’s in the Art of Teaching (MAT)

 The DeLeT Model:

As a DeLeT student you will bring your textbook education to life in your teaching residency, where you will partner with a lead teacher in lesson planning, working with students, and creating a classroom community.

You will take courses at DeLeT two evenings a week that will support your learning in the classroom. Your mentor, clinical educator, and teachers will observe and guide you through your assignments and reflections.

Post Graduation:

Graduates earn a California Preliminary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential and a Certificate in Day School Teaching from HUC-JIR. DeLeT graduates are recruited as teachers or associate teachers in day schools in California and across the country.

While many of our alumni are career teachers, graduates have also gone on to serve as principals, heads of school, curriculum coordinators, directors of Jewish life, department and division heads, and mentors. DeLeT alumni have also crossed into a variety of adjacent teaching and educational leadership roles across the Jewish community.

NEW TO HUC - an opportunity to complete your Masters of the Art of Teaching (MAT) as a DeLeT graduate. To learn more about the MAT program click here.


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