About the program

About the program

With the changing reality of Jewish life in the Diaspora, the Melton Centre for Jewish Education is moving in new directions to adapt to these changes and to offer solutions to strengthen Jewish education in communities abroad. 

Using the M.A. track offered at the Melton Centre as a strong base, we have developed a blended On-Site and Distance M.A. Program in Education, specializing in Jewish Education, which is offered to Jewish and non Jewish educators around the world.  The program is designed for educators in both formal and informal frameworks who are interested in Jewish Education and its dialogue with the Social Sciences, Educational Philosophy, and Jewish and Israel Studies.  Studies integrate on site and distance learning elements and require 36 credits for graduation.  

This is an international program taught entirely in English mainly intended for students who reside outside of Israel. All the lectures and course material are in English. Contributions to forum discussions and written assignments must be written in English. A high level of English proficiency is therefore a requirement for participation in this program. Many of the courses are focused upon challenges and issues facing Jewish education in Diaspora communities.

The principal advantage of this program is that  educators abroad who, for various reasons are not able to spend a long period in Jerusalem, will have the opportunity to study with Melton Centre faculty and enjoy the unique academic resources of the Hebrew University. 

Courses in the MA in Education program are intended to familiarize students with research in Jewish education and to enable the clarification of the goals, methods, practices and challenges involved in transmitting Jewish culture and teaching Jewish and Israel studies.

The program is conducted at a high academic level at the Hebrew University, which is ranked among the top 100 universities in the world.

 

 

Program Foci

The Program focuses on three main areas

1. The Philosophy, the Sociology and the Psychology of Jewish Education and Israel Education:

This focus deals with the great issues in Jewish Education and Israel Education: Who is the educated person and who, the educated Jew? Which are the goals of Jewish Education and how can we adapt them to the issues we face today? What is the role of the Jewish educator, and how can the institution help him? What is the place of Israel in Jewish Education? How must the relations between Jewish School and Israel be?  What is the role of the Zionism in our times?

2. The teaching of Jewish texts:

This focus deals with the teaching of Biblical and Talmudic texts. In the program, a few lecturers will give examples of different texts, how to analyze them in order to give the participant the necessary tools to deal with them and teach them in schools and communities. In the courses, participants will learn about different perspectives, like Philosophy of the Child, Levinas’ ethical perspective, and others. This focus is theoretical and practical, because studies involve both the fundamentals of all perspectives, and practical examples that could be implemented in the field.

3. The entrepreneurship and innovation in Jewish Education.

In this focus, participants will analyze their own personal vision of Jewish Education as well as their institutional vision. In the program, they will study several theories that will help them to reflect on their own Jewish educational vision. Vision, Innovation and Entrepreneurship are the three main components of this focus. 

Program Structure

The program consists of 36 credits of which 10 credits will be offered on site at the Hebrew University and 26 credits will be offered as distance courses. The program consists of 14 required credits and 22 elective credits

Participants must submit two seminar papers. One seminar paper must be related to a course taught on site at the university.

The program may approve up to 8 credits taken outside the Jewish Education track either from among other Hebrew University distance courses or from universities recognized for credit by the Hebrew University. Prior approval must be obtained for courses outside the Jewish Education track.

The Blended Masters Program is in the non-research track and does not provide for the writing of a thesis which is normally a prerequisite for admission to a doctoral program at The Hebrew University.

Below please find the 2020 study program:

Fall Semester (online) – October 2019

Teacher

Credits

 

Renewing the practice of Israel Education

Dr. Alex Pomson

4

elective

Contemporary Jewry and Jewish Education

Dr. Yossi Goldstein

2

required

Entrepreneurship  and Innovation in Jewish Education

Dr. Jonathan Mirvis

4

elective

Ethics and Jewish Education in the Thought of Emmanuel Levinas

Dr. Michael Gillis

4

elective

Total 2nd Semester (suggested)

 

8 / 14

 

Spring Semester  (online) – March 2020

Teacher

Credits

 

Visions in Jewish Education

Dr. Ari Ackerman

4

elective

Issues in Philosophy and Jewish Education

Dr. Michael Gillis

4

required

Curriculum and the Teaching of Jewish Texts

Dr. Howard Deitcher

4

elective

Israel Education and the challenge of Zionism in the 21st century

Dr. Alick Isaacs.

4

elective

Jewish education and art: Visual Culture as text

Hava Schwartz

4

elective

Total 1st Semester (suggested)

 

8 / 16

 

Summer Semester (face to face) July 2020

Teacher

Credits

 

Social Sciences and Jewish Education

Prof. Gabriel Horenczyk

2

Required

Informal and Experiential Education

Dr. Marcelo I. Dorfsman – Jonatan Ariel

2

Required

Teaching Jewish Education in places

 

2

Required

The Revival of Spoken Hebrew: cultural and linguistic aspects.  

Dr. Miri Bar-Ziv

2

Elective*

Midrash and Talmud: Texts on Education

Dr. Richie Lewis – Dr. Shana Schick

2

Elective*

Teaching of Thinking in Jewish Education

Prof. Anat Zohar - Udi Tsemach

 

2

Elective**

Reading Jerusalem: Visions of Jerusalem in Israeli Literature

Dr. Rachel Korazin

2

Elective**

Total Summer Semester

 

10

 

 

 

Required courses

Credits

Elective courses*

Credits

Issues in Philosophy and Jewish Education

 

4

Philosophy courses

Ethics and Jewish Education in the Thought of Emmanuel Levinas

4

Visions in Jewish Education

4

Curriculum and the Teaching of Jewish Texts

4

Teaching Jewish texts

Jewish education and art: Visual Culture as text

4

Contemporary Jewry and Jewish Education

 

2

Israel Education

Israel Education and the challenge of Zionism in the 21st century

4

Renewing the practice of Israel Education

4

Social Sciences and Jewish Education

2

Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Jewish Education

4

Teaching Jewish Education in Places (summer course)

 

2

Summer courses

Midrash and Talmud: Texts on Education**

2

The Revival of Spoken Hebrew: cultural and linguistic aspects**

2

Informal and Experiential Education (summer course)

2

Reading Jerusalem: Visions of Jerusalem in Israeli***

2

 

 

Teaching of Thinking in Jewish Education***

2

Sub-Total

16

 

20

Total Program

36

 

* choose 16 credits from 20 (4 courses from 6)

** choose 2 credits from 4 (1 course from 2)

*** choose 2 credits from 4 (1 course from 2)

Program Features

• 1-Year Masters Study Program
• 2 / 4 Semesters Taught Online via Distance Learning
• 4-Week Intense Summer Semester
• Universitary Tuition
• Taught all in English
• Degree granted by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Admission Requirements

Requirements For Acceptance Are As Follows:
1. A GPA of 3.0 or the equivalent of 80 in an undergraduate degree from an accredited academic institution. Candidates with insufficient background in Jewish Studies and/or Education may be required to take additional prerequisite courses.

2. A letter of recommendation from an educator or educational institution.
3. 
English Proficiency: Non Native English Speakers require proof of English proficiency.

  • TOEFL certificate (80 points or higher)
  • IELTS certificate (6 points or higher)

4. Statement Of Purpose: 300-500 words in English detailing why you are interested in this program, your goals, and how you see the program helping your future.

 

Tuition & Fees

Tuition payment - updated July 1, 2020

• International students: NIS 34452

• Students with Israeli citizenship: NIS 27562

• Registration fee: $ 110

• Security fee: NIS 580

Please note: A complete curriculum is equivalent to 200% tuition fee. Every two credits are equivalent to one teaching hour, and each hour equals 8% of full tuition. Each student may complete the International MA Program in one or two years.

Complete Curriculum: 36 credits (18 hours)

The International MA Program at Melton Centre consist of 36 credits – 18 teaching hours. A student in the program will accumulate a total of 144% tuition (18 hours * 8%), in one or two years.

In any case, the cumulative tuition for every graduate degree will not be less than 200%, therefore students of the International MA Program are paying a supplement of 56 % (200% - 144%), the so-called "accrual completion".

How can students benefit from the accrual completion?

For example, by taking supplementary courses when required (each course 2 credits = 1 hour = 8%), up to 16% accrual. Regarding the 40% remaining accrual, the student can take additional courses ("surplus courses") in the program or retake courses he/she has started but not completed, or has not approved successfully.

For students who choose to study the program in two years (3-4 semesters online + one summer semester) tuition will divide as follows:

Every student must pay between 50% and 100% of the tuition during the first year of the program (remember: 100% tuition = NIS 17,226 for international students and NIS 13,781 for students with Israeli citizenship). During the second year, the remaining tuition balance must be paid (even if it exceeds 100% tuition).

A student that registers for less than 50% of tuition a year – for example, three courses (6 credits) which equals 3 hours = 24% tuition – will be charged 50% of tuition. In the first year, this fee will accumulate for the student’s accrual for the degree.

A student that in the first academic year registers for more than 100% tuition (more than about 14 credits), will be charged no more than 100% tuition. The balance will be transferred to the following year.

Graduation: The student is required to complete the degree within a maximum of two academic years.

What is a two-year academic year period? This is a total of 4 semesters + one summer semester. For example, a student starting the program in the fall semester of 2020 is expected to complete the curriculum by the spring semester of 2021; if the student started in the spring semester of 2020, he/she should complete the curriculum by the fall semester of 2022.

If the student did not completes the curriculum within two years, but has paid the full tuition fee, he will be charged 8% for every additional hour enrolled, + 10% overhead (out of 100%).

If the student has not paid the full tuition, he/she will pay the balance of the debt, including courses enrolled in the third year, + 10% overhead (out of 100%).

In the academic third year there could still be a minimum charge of 50% tuition according to the student's previous payments. In this case, it is advisable to consult the tuition department with this link.

For more information on tuition, please see this link.

Advance payment: The students of the program must pay a reduced advance payment. In 2020, the amount of the advance payment was NIS 962. The advance payment ensures the student's place in the program.

Installments: The student can choose to pay in installments, up to 9 payments depending on the number of hours he/she studies.

The first installment consists of NIS 4403 tuition, or makes up to this sum (discounting the advance payment when previously paid). In the second installment the student will be charged up to 35% of tuition (from 100% tuition, 35% of the tuition discounting the previous payments), and each remaining installment consists of an additional 10%, until the total tuition is completed.

Any change in the payment arrangement should be referred to the tuition section at this link.

*If a student does not meet the payment schedule as determined by the university, he will be charged arrears interest and indexation on the balance that has not yet been paid.

For more information on the payment schedule, please see this link.

Special Status: A student admitted on "special status" who does not join the full program, will pay for each teaching hour 5% of tuition + 10% overhead = 5.5%.

If the student is accepted as a regular student in the program, every hour he/she studied on conditional admission will be translated into a master's hour rate, and then the student will pay the difference between 5% and 8% of tuition.

Further questions regarding payments and tuition can be addressed to the tuition department with this link.

 

To apply for the M.A. Program:

1. Applicants with an undergraduate diploma from Israeli Institution

    a. University Registration http://info.huji.ac.il/

    b. School of Education Registration http://grs.ekmd.huji.ac.il/Pages/default.aspx

 

Application instructions for candidates with israeli diploma

 

2. Applicants with an overseas diplomahttp://grs.ekmd.huji.ac.il/Pages/default.aspx

 

Application instructions for candidates with overseas diploma

 

 

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