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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.
Three academic/professional letters of recommendation
Two writing samples
Accreditation & Licensing
Middle States Commission on Higher Education
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