Teaching Certificate Programs

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The JCHS Community Teaching Certificate

The Community Teaching Certificate, our most popular certificate program, is well respected nationally: Students who hold this certificate have been hired at synagogues across North America.  Upon completion of this 80-credit program, you’ll have a solid background in Judaic and Hebraic studies and you’ll be familiar enough with educational methodology to become an entry-level teacher in a Jewish supplementary school.

You will:

• Master basic texts and resources
• Acquire the skills and techniques you need to teach about holidays, history, Hebrew and Bible
• Learn Jewish values
• Gain Hebrew language skills

We surveyed JCHS alumni recently and found that more than half of our Community Teaching graduates were earning extra money during their college years and beyond—by working in religious schools, Jewish youth groups, junior congregations, and Jewish summer camps.

This certificate is also available to you if you’re a senior graduating from Jewish day school, when you successfully complete the college-level education course.


Isaac Mayer Wise Reform Teaching Certificate Program

If you’re an 11th or 12th grade student who has completed Confirmation, this program, a URJ-sponsored two-year course of Jewish studies is for you.It aims to train future religious school teachers and leaders for the Reform movement.

You will:

• Learn the history of Reform Judaism.
• Become proficient in reading Hebrew and understanding basic Hebrew prayers.
• Gain basic knowledge of Bible through a Reform Jewish lens.
• Acquire basic teaching skills by student teaching each week under the supervision of your home congregation.
• Learn educational theory as covered in the education curriculum.

Required Subjects

• Reform Judaism Today or Perspectives on American Judaism
• A Bible class
• An Educational Theory and Methodology class

Required Credits

Fourteen credits are required after the completion of Confirmation in a URJ-affiliated religious school. You attend class one night a week and enroll in a supervised student-teaching program at a Reform synagogue for both years. Synagogues offer an additional formal study component.
In addition to earning teaching certificates, junior and seniors may receive college credits through participation in the Gratz College Advance Program.

Gratz College: Education Grounded in Jewish Values

Learn more about how Gratz College engages students in active study for personal and professional enrichment. Visit Gratz College

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