Teaching Certificate Programs

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We are INCREDIBLY EXCITED to announce that - in addition to the Rebecca Gratz Teaching Certificate (formerly known as the JCHS Community Teaching Certificate) and the I.M. Wise Reform Teaching Certificate - we will now ALSO offer The Julius Greenstone Conservative Teaching Certificate and The Mordecai Kaplan Reconstructionist Teaching Certificate!

We are proud to be creating new opportunities for all our students and to be modelling the pluralism that has been a part of Gratz College since its founding 120 years ago!

The Rebecca Gratz Teaching Certificate

The Rebecca Gratz 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.


I.M. Wise Reform Teaching Certificate, Julius Greenstone Conservative Teaching Certificate, Mordecai Kaplan Reconstructionist Teaching Certificate

If you’re an 11th or 12th grade student who has completed Confirmation, this program is for you.It aims to train future religious school teachers and leaders for the Reform, Conservative & Reconstructionist movements.

You will:

  • Learn the history of the liberal Jewish movements.
  • Explore the key components of YOUR movement's educational philosophy
  • Learn educational theory as covered in our education curriculum.
  • Acquire basic teaching skills by student teaching each week under the supervision of your home congregation.

Required Subjects


  • 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 movement-affiliated religious school. You attend class one night or day per week and enroll in a supervised student-teaching program at a 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.

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