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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, 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 52-credit program, you’ll have learned about and experienced all different facets of Jewish culture, language, history, politics, values & ethics, and be able to articulate what Judaism and being Jewish means to you. With this knowledge in hand, you will take our Introduction to Jewish Education class and find yourself prepared to become an entry-level teacher in a Jewish supplementary school.
JCHS surveyed our alumni and found that more than half of the JCHS graduates who had earned the Rebecca Gratz Teaching Certificate (previously known simply as the Community Teaching Certificate) earned extra money during their college years and beyond by working in religious schools, Jewish youth groups, junior congregations, and Jewish summer camps.
For over half a century, Gratz College’s Jewish Community High School has offered the I.M. Wise Reform Teaching Certificate to 11th and 12th graders in collaboration with the Union of Reform Judaism. In light of our legacy as the oldest pluralistic institution of Jewish higher learning in the United States, JCHS now also offers the Julius Greenstone Conservative Teaching Certificate and the Mordecai Kaplan Reconstructionist Teaching Certificate.
If you wish to earn a movement-related teaching certificate on campus, you will take these classes in 11th and 12th grade.
*Please note that the Education class can be taken for college credit through Gratz Academy
You will work in a religious school on a weekly basis for two years.
JCHS will gladly help you arrange to work in a religious school near you.
In addition to earning teaching certificates, junior and seniors may earn college credits through Gratz Academy.