Engage with Israel and the Professional Community
Students learn historical and contemporary politics, culture, geography, sociology, and language of Israel, through a series of courses (see course listing) that includes an eight-day on-site seminar in Israel. The program’s emphasis on collaborative learning and relationship-building fosters the development of a cohort among participants and results in a strong professional network of Israel educators throughout North America and Israel.
Choose the Academic Opportunity that Meets Your Needs
Students complete a one-year, 15-credit academic experience, culminating in a Graduate Certificate, and may choose to continue for a second year to receive an additional 15 credits and a Master’s Degree in Israel Education.
Both tracks offer students a unique combination of content knowledge, pedagogy, human relations, and site-based experiences. Those students who continue on to the Master’s Degree receive further academic training in experiential education and Israel studies in addition to specialized course work of their choosing, and independent Hebrew language study. All coursework is designed to support direct application of weekly learnings into students’ current Jewish workplaces. The program is offered part-time (hybrid on-campus/on-line) for field professionals over the course of two academic years.
Learn with the Leaders in the Field
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. Throughout the course of the first year, students receive individualized mentoring from leading experts in the field.
Join the Next Generation of Israel Educators
The field of Israel Education is one of the most important new areas of Jewish professional growth and impact in the 21st century. These programs are 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. Leading agencies and educational settings in which our students currently work include:
• Hillel International
• The Jewish Federation
• Stand With Us
• Embassy of Israel
• Rodeph Shalom School
• Columbia/Barnard Hillel
• Camp Yavneh
• University of Michigan Hillel
• Shorashim (Birthright Israel)
• Alpha Epsilon Pi
• Perlman Camp
• Authentic Israel
• Israel Policy Forum
• Camp Solelim
• Alums for Campus Fairness
• The iCenter
Program Plan of Study / Seminar Dates
Seminar dates are tentative and subject to change.
(Graduate Certificate and Master's Degree)
- August 23-25, 2020 OR August 30-September 1, 2020: Opening Colloquium | Chicago, IL or online (conditions permitting)
- Fall Semester 2020: Introduction to Experiential Jewish Education | Online Course
- October 18-20, 2020: Paideia and Jewish Education | Chicago, IL or online (conditions permitting)
- Spring Semester 2021: Foundations of Contemporary Israel | Online course
- March 15-17, 2021: America and Modern Israel | Washington, D.C. or online (conditions permitting)
- Summer 2021, Exact Dates TBD: The Israeli Educational Experience | Israel-based seminar
(Continuation of Master's Degree)
- Fall Semester 2021: Online Elective Course*
- Fall Semester 2021: Hebrew Language Instruction | Online
- Spring Semester 2022: Applied Research in Experiential Jewish Education | Online Course
- March 15-17, 2022: Israel Within: Cultural & Anthropological | Washington, D.C. or online (conditions permitting)
- Summer Semester 2022: Online Elective Course*
* Online elective courses include: Educational Leadership, Curriculum & Pedagogy, Israel and Jewish Studies, Non-Profit Management, Social Entrepreneurship, Organizational Learning, and more, in divisions throughout GW University – on-site or on-line
- Complete Step 1 of the Online iCenter Application.
- Select applicants will be asked to schedule an interview with the 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.
- Admitted Applicants will be asked to submit their application, and an $80 application fee directly to GW via their online portal.
*M.A. Application Process: In 2020, all applicants apply to the Graduate Certificate program. If you are accepted to the Graduate Certificate program, you will have the option of applying to the Master's program following the successful completion of your first semester. The Master's program begins immediately following the completion of the Graduate Certificate program in August 2021 and concludes in August 2022.
Students are admitted on a rolling basis. Step 1 of the application will be accepted through Friday, July 24th.
Total cost per student, including academic credit hours, materials, travel, and room and board is $25,000/year. Thanks to generous support from our funders, all students accepted into the program receive significant scholarship benefits.
• Year One (Certificate Program): Thanks to support from the Jim Joseph Foundation, each student receives significant scholarship funds and is only responsible for $4,400, with the hope that students’ employers will assist in the funding of their participation.
• Year Two (Master's Program): Thanks to support from the Marcus Foundation, each student receive significant scholarship funds and is responsible for only $6,600, with the hope that students’ employers will assist in the funding of their participation.
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