MA and Dual MA in Education and Jewish Studies

MA Degree Requirements

The MA program requires a minimum of 38 credits, consisting of the following:

Foundations (12 credits):

  • EJST-GE 2003 The History of Jewish Education -- The Modern Period
  • EJST-GE 2005 The Social Context of Jewish Education
  • SOED-GE 2002 Sociology of Education
  • HBRJD-GA 1518 The History of Jewish Education Over the Ages

Courses from one of four areas of study (12 credits):

Teaching and Learning: 
Twelve credits in the Department of Teaching and Learning to be determined in consultation with the program director and the chair of the Department of Teaching and Learning.  Teaching and Learning encompasses a number of interesting areas, including Early Childhood Education, Literacy Education, Social Studies Education, Special Education, and a number of others.

Examples:

  • SPCED-GE 2051 Foundations of Curriculum for Diverse Learners
  • SOCED-GE 2042 Teaching Social Studies in the Middle and Secondary School
  • ECED-GE 2024 Issues in Early Childhood Education
  • TCHL-GE 2013 Inquiries into Teaching and Learning
  • FLGED-GE 2069 Teaching Foreign Languages: Theory and Practice
  • APSY-GE 2272 Adolescent Development
  • SPCED-GE 2162 Education of Students with Disabilities in Middle Childhood-Adolescent Settings

Leadership and Administration:
Twelve credits in the Department of Administration, Leadership, and Technology to be determined in consultation with the program director and the chair of the Department of Administration, Leadership, and Technology.  The Department of Administration, Leadership, and Technology includes programs such as Educational Leadership, Education Communication and Technology, and Higher Education.

Examples:

  • EDLED-GE 2005 Professional Seminar in Educational Administration
  • EDLED-GE 2085 Excellent School Seminar II: Teachers and Students
  • EDLED-GE 2343 Decision Making and Leadership Development
  • AMLT-GE 2053 Organizational Theory
  • AMLT-GE 2055 Introduction to Management and Information Science

Foundations of Education:
Twelve credits in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences to be determined in consultation with the program director, and the chair of the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences in the Professions, including a minimum of one course in each of philosophy, history, and sociology of education.  In addition to Education and Jewish Studies, HMSS also houses programs in Education and Social Policy, History of Education, International Education, Philosophy of Education, and Sociology of Education.

Examples:

  • SOED-GE 2090 Planned Change in Organizational Setting
  • SOED-GE 2325 Learning of Culture
  • PHED-GE 2013 Values, Morals and Schooling
  • HSED-GE 2067 History of Higher Education
  • HSED-GE 2070 Public Problems: Education and Social Policy
  • HSED-GE 2174 History of American Education: Race & Ethnicity
  • HSED-GE 2175 What Are Schools For? Historical Perspectives
  • HSED-GE 2176 What's Worth Knowing? Historical Perspectives
  • HSED-GE 2177 What Are Teachers For? Historical Perspectives
  • HSED-GE 2235 Twentieth Century Educational Thought

 Applied Psychology:
Twelve credits in the Department of Applied Psychology to be determined in consultation with the program director, and the chair of the Department of Applied Psychology.  Applied Psychology offers a number of areas of study, such as Educational Psychology, Psychological Development, School Psychology, and more.

Examples:

  • APSY-GE 2138 Human Growth and Development
  • APSY-GE 2272 Adolescent Development: Theory and Research
  • APSY-GE 2271 Survey of Developmental Psychology
  • APSY-GE 2620 Group Dynamics
  • APSY-GE 2198 Cognitive Development
  • APSY-GE 2261 Emotional Development in Childhood
  • APSY-GE 2826 Intervention and Social Change

Electives (6 credits):
Taken in the Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies in the Graduate School of Arts and Science, to be determined in consultation with the program director, and the chair of the Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies.

Examples:

  • HBRJD-GA 1318, 1319 Academic Hebrew
  • HBRJD-GA 1601 Modern Jewish Thought
  • HBRJD-GA 1693 History of Contemporary Israel
  • HBRJD-GA 2115 The Bible and Literary Criticism
  • HBRJD-GA 2371 Readings in the Babylonian Talmud
  • HBRJD-GA 2456 The Medieval Jewish Experience
  • HBRJD-GA 2462 Gender and Judaism
  • HBRJD-GA 2601 Seminar: History of the Ancient Near East
  • HBRJD-GA 2682 Historiography: the Modern Period
  • HBRJD-GA 2686 Colloquium in American Jewish History

Electives (3 credits):
Taken outside of the area of study, in NYU Steinhardt or in other schools within NYU, including Wagner and Tisch.

EJST-GE 2008, 2009 Master's Seminar in Education and Jewish Studies:
This year-long seminar (5 credits) supports the completion of a traditional M.A. thesis or a capstone project. Intended as an exploration of the critical linkage between theory and practice, the capstone provides students with both an academic, thought-provoking, reflective learning experience and an opportunity to get involved hands-on with the workings of an educational organization. Over the course of an academic year, students work individually and/or in teams to address challenges and identify opportunities for a client organization. Ultimately, the Capstone contributes not only to the students' professional learning and growth, but also to the world of Jewish education theory and practice. The seminar increases student effectiveness in Jewish educational settings by developing pedagogical and leadership skills, as well as content knowledge. 

See the MA requirements in matrix form here

Students may enroll in this program for part-time or full-time studies.  The duration of the program varies according to course load.