Brandeis University

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Teaching Hebrew


415 South Street, MS 084

Waltham, MA 02453

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

M.A. - Teaching of Hebrew

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Brandeis' M.A. in Teaching Hebrew is a first-of-its-kind program in the United States, providing teachers and students with the knowledge and training to become professional teachers of Hebrew at all levels: elementary, secondary, post-secondary and adult education. This program addresses the urgent need for qualified Hebrew teachers in Jewish education.

This program emphasizes the different areas that any Hebrew teacher should master in a variety of frameworks.  These include the theoretical knowledge of learning and teaching Hebrew, as well as hands-on teaching experience.

Candidates who apply to the program are expected to have competence in Hebrew at least at the Advanced-Mid level, which is defined in the ACTFL guidelines. We also hope that during their tenure, candidates will take advantage of our superior level Hebrew courses in order to improve their language skills.

The Hebrew Language Program in the Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies has won national recognition for its leadership and quality of instruction. The program emphasizes theoretical and methodological learning as well as hands-on experience and rigorous field training. The two-year curriculum consists of 12 courses (eight required and four elective), and two semesters of practicum training. Seven of the 12 required courses focus exclusively on aspects of teaching and learning the Hebrew language. The practicum training, which closely accompanies the coursework, provides an opportunity to teach in a variety of settings, including day schools, afternoon schools, elementary and high schools.

The Hebrew language program of the department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies offers instruction in Hebrew language and literature and in the teaching of Hebrew language.  The Hebrew program is the largest in the United States and allows students to acquire an advanced level of proficiency and a strong background in Hebrew culture and literature.


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Facts & Figures

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Loans Offered: A variety of loan programs, including the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan and the TERI Continuing Education Loan, may be available to Graduate Professional Studies students who meet this criteria.

Locale: Midsize Suburb

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