The Graduate Certificate Program in Israel Education is a year-long experience that uniquely combines content knowledge, pedagogy, human relations, and site-based experiences, in the creation of a new approach to teaching and learning about Israel.
The program is designed to:
- Advance the sophistication and professionalization of the Field of Israel Education, including its relationship with the North American Jewish educational landscape;
- Provide rigorous academic study and training to a generation of dynamic Israel educators in the field;
- Create a community of professional Israel educators who will serve as catalysts for creating and implementing high-quality Israel education for diverse learners.
The program is aimed at Jewish educators and communal professionals who want to make Israel education a full-time profession, as well as Jewish professionals (educators, community and organizational leaders, clergy) who want to develop competencies for Israel education.
Students will acquire the skills to:
- Apply the foundational principles, pedagogies, and tools of Israel education to formal and informal educational environments;
- Analyze and engage with historical and contemporary politics, culture, and geography of Israel;
- Evaluate the needs and interests of the diverse range of players in the contemporary Jewish community;
- Learn techniques to critically evaluate existing issues and practices in the Field of Israel Education;
- Apply vision-based learning concepts to practical educational strategies.
Students learn with a renowned international faculty whose integrated vision and pedagogical approach represent a new direction in the creation of an academic Field of Israel Education.
Students earn 15 graduate-level credit hours. Upon successful completion of the program, students receive a Graduate Certificate from The George Washington University Graduate School of Education and Human Development.
- The Israel Educational Experience (4 credits) An eight-day exploration and analysis in Israel of the current issues that characterize 21st century Israeli society
- Introduction to Experiential Jewish Education (4 credits) The theory and practice of experiential Jewish education in a variety of settings, addressing the relationship of education to identity development
- American Jews’ Relationship to Israel in the 21st Century (2 credits) An examination of the relationships of North American Jews and the broader North American Jewish community to the State of Israel
- Studies in Contemporary Israel: Politics, Sociology, Arts and Culture, Demography (3 credits)
- Paideia and Education (2 credits) Analysis of the concept of Paideia and its implications for the development of a theory and practice of experiential Israel education today
Throughout the course of the year, students receive individualized mentoring from experts in the field.
- Late August/early September 2019: Two-day in-person program launch
- Fall Semester 2019: Online course
- November 10-12, 2019: In-person seminar
- Spring Semester 2020: Online course
- March 15-17, 2020: In-person seminar
- Summer 2020: Israel-based seminar
*Seminar dates are tentative
- Complete Step 1 of the Online iCenter Application.
- Select applicants will be asked to schedule an interview with program faculty.
- Following the interview, select students will be asked to submit Step 2 of the Online iCenter Application which includes submission of a letter of reference and undergraduate and graduate transcripts.
- Submit GW application to the GW online portal, including an $80 application fee
Each student is responsible for $4,000, with the hope that students’ employers will participate in the funding of their participation.
Total cost per student, including academic credit hours, materials, travel and room and board is $20,000. Thanks to generous support from the Jim Joseph Foundation, all students accepted into the program will receive a $16,000 scholarship.
Financial assistance is available, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.