The School for Jewish Education and Leadership at American Jewish University prepares educators for a leadership role in early childhood education-focused programs. Our Doctorate in Education in Early Childhood Education Leadership (EdD) program will prepare you to think strategically; understand and apply current trends in both early childhood education and Jewish education; and become an advocate for young children, their families, and the Jewish community. 


Students who complete the program will develop the skills necessary to:

  • Assess, reflect, and apply personal and organizational principles and practices to drive organizational improvements.
  • Evaluate and integrate theoretical foundations of leadership and Jewish values to improve current practices in Jewish early childhood education programs.
  • Model high standards of communication and ethical practice.
  • Create and use evidence-based research to improve practice in the field of Jewish early childhood education


AJU’s EdD program will consist of two years of online coursework where you will become proficient in research methods, APA formatting, current trends in early childhood research in Jewish education, as well as how to implement these into practice in Jewish early childhood education programs. There is an additional in-person residency requirement – all students attend a 5-day residency program at AJU in Los Angeles at the completion of the first year of the doctoral coursework. Each student is provided with mentorship and collaboration learning during the residency component. In the third year, students will complete their concept paper and applied dissertation. 


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