Program Overview

An Ed.D in Jewish Education program is available at Gratz College for students that are interested in enhancing their leadership and instructing expertise. Students may be prepared for positions teaching general education, Jewish education, and Jewish studies both in the clinical and academic setting. The program is intended for working professionals that have already completed a master’s degree and do not have the time to attend campus-based courses. However, the program may also be taken by those that have completed a bachelor's degree and would like an accelerated, dual master’s/doctorate degree program to further their education. Upon graduation, students may find careers as a teacher, principle, curriculum-developer, early childhood educator and college professor.

Graduates of the program should be able to combine Jewish educational values and Judaic knowledge within the classroom setting. Students may be prepared for leadership positions within Jewish educational institutions and non-profit agencies. Students should also have learned topics such as curriculum design, teaching theory, course models, systems theory, supervision, psychology, and methods in adult education.

Students should be able to complete the entire program online. However, there will be one course each year that must be attended on campus. Campus-based courses for the program are typically held during the Summer Institute's weeklong session.

The program will require the completion of a total of 36 credits in order for to graduate. Within the total 36 credits, the student must complete 12 Required Educational, 9 Jewish Studies, and 15 Jewish Educational credits. The four Required Educational courses are History & Philosophy of Jewish Education, Leadership & Group Dynamics, Introduction to Educational Research, and the Capstone Research Project.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Doctorate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Middle States Commission on Higher Education


    Personal Statement

    Three academic/professional letters of recommendation

    Two writing samples

    School Overview

    Dedicated to its Jewish heritage, non-profit Gratz College aims to serve as a “vital force for Jewish education” by “training teachers and leaders” worldwide with the means of innovative technology. The school was founded in Pennsylvania in 1895 and has continued to promote Jewish studies by offering bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, both professional and nonprofessional, in addition to degrees in education, and certificates of study specializing in fields of Holocaust and Genocide, Jewish education, music and communal studies. Typical programs, like the Jewish Studies or Jewish Education degrees offer the option of in-house, online, or blended learning.


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