Program Goals:

  1. Students will become conversant in the language, texts and tools of the profession of Jewish educator.
  2. Students will gain the professional knowledge and organizational/administrative skills to lead effectively as a Jewish educator.
  3. Students will become proficient in the habits of mind and tools associated with the cycle of planning, teaching and assessment.
  4. Students will gain the habits of mind and tools to be reflective practitioners and continuously improve their practice as lifelong learners and professional educators.

Program Learning Outcomes:

  1. Students will be able to articulate their own vision for Jewish education.
  2. Students will be able utilize the tools of planning, teaching and assessment as a cycle that continually enhances their professional practice, including articulating a rationale for their choices.
  3. Students will be able to manage institutional infrastructure and resources as an instructional and/or administrative leader.
  4. Students will be able to utilize the tools of reflective practice and self-study.
  5. Students will be able to teach Jewish values, vocabulary, texts and traditions to Jewish learners, making methodological choices that are attentive to the diverse needs of learners (developmental, religiously sensitive, and engaging multiple intelligences and learning styles).

Note: The MAT and MAEd programs are designed with the same broadly stated goals and outcomes, with the following distinctions:

  • In the MAEd program, courses are taught with an eye toward broad preparation for leadership in the wide field of Jewish education. MAEd students may complete their fieldwork in a broad array of Jewish educational settings. In the MAT program courses are taught with an eye toward enriching and expanding students’ professional practice as teachers, with an emphasis on day school settings. MAT students complete their fieldwork in Jewish day schools.
  • The MAEd curriculum includes more courses in Judaic content, while the MAT program allows teachers to specialize in the content areas where they are teaching.