Early Childhood Jewish Education

Early Childhood Jewish Education

Hebrew College's Early Childhood Institute, founded in 1987, is dedicated to expanding and deepening the Judaic and pedagogic knowledge and skills of early childhood educators, clergy and professionals working with children and families (infant through second grade). Our certificate, degree and professional-development programs reach out to many communities within and beyond the Greater Boston area.

Certificate in Early Childhood Jewish Education

For young children, Jewish learning should be an exciting adventure that inspires a lifelong love of Judaism. The Certificate in Early Childhood Jewish Education equips you with the knowledge and skills to integrate the study of Jewish values, traditions, culture and Hebrew language with developmentally appropriate methods for teaching young children and their families. The certificate may be taken for either undergraduate or graduate credit.

Course of Study (18 credits)

The 18-credit certificate enables students to design a course of study suited to their personal and professional interests. Course selection will be in collaboration with a student's academic advisor. New courses for the certificate are introduced on a regular basis.

Courses May Include
The Jewish Calendar: A Tapestry of Holidays and Celebrations
Creating a Developmentally Appropriate Early Childhood Curriculum
Families, Schools and Community
Jewish Life and Values
Hebrew for Early Childhood Education
Bible and Israel for Early Childhood Education
Spiritual Development for Jewish Education
Special Education for Jewish Settings
Israel Educational Seminar













MJEd Option

Graduate credits earned toward the Certificate in Early Childhood Jewish Education may be applied toward the Master of Jewish Education. Additional application materials are required for admission to the MJEd program.

The Student Experience

Our students are both Boston-based and spread throughout the United States and abroad, as we reach beyond our walls with online technology for teaching and learning. Coursework can be completed entirely online or, if you live within commuting distance of Hebrew College, as a combination of on-campus and online study.

Admission Requirements

  • For undergraduate credit: associate's degree or its equivalent, or requisite educational experience
  • For graduate credit: bachelor's degree from an accredited four-year college or university

Application Requirements

  • Completed application and fee
  • Official transcripts of all previous undergraduate and graduate study
  • One letter of recommendation
  • One personal essay
  • Interview, in-person or by phone


Marcia Spellman
Hebrew College Admissions

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