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Master's Program in Teaching Hebrew

About the Program

Brandeis University's M.A. in Teaching Hebrew is a first-of-its-kind program in the United States, providing teachers and students with the knowledge and training to become professional teachers of Hebrew in a college or university; this program is also for current in-service teachers in local schools. This program addresses the urgent need for qualified Hebrew teachers in Jewish education.

Candidates who apply to the program are expected to have competence in Hebrew at least at the Advanced-Mid level, which is defined in the ACTFL guidelines. We also hope that during their tenure, candidates will take advantage of our superior level Hebrew courses in order to improve their language skills.

The Hebrew Language Program in the Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies has won national recognition for its leadership and quality of instruction. The program emphasizes theoretical and methodological learning as well as hands-on experience and rigorous field training. The two-year curriculum consists of 12 courses (eight required and four elective), and two semesters of practicum training. Seven of the 12 required courses focus exclusively on aspects of teaching and learning the Hebrew language. The practicum training, which closely accompanies the coursework, provides an opportunity to teach in a variety of settings.

For more information on our related program, the Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) with a concentration in Hebrew/Delet, please visit the M.A.T. site. For a comparison between the M.A. in Teaching Hebrew and M.A.T. in Hebrew/Delet programs, please use this chart.


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Courses and Degree Requirements

For the most updated course listing, course descriptions, and degree requirements, please visit the Registrar.

How to Apply

Application Deadlines:

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, from January 15 through May 1. *Please note that the program is not accepting applications for the 2016-17 admission cycle.*

Admission Requirements:

To apply for the program, you need to submit:

  • An online application;
  • An application fee (please click here for more information);
  • Transcripts from all universities and colleges attended must be uploaded to your application; do not mail official transcripts to our office. For more information, visit Frequently Asked Questions;
  • Two letters of recommendation, submitted online;
  • curriculum vitae (CV) or resumé;
  • statement of purpose indicating your reasons for undertaking graduate study and, in particular, your interest in teaching Hebrew. In addition, please describe your qualifications for the academic program and your objectives in undertaking this program.
  • Interview with the Director of the program.

HEBREW LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY: Applicants must have achieved at least advanced-mid level in Hebrew language, according to the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) guidelines. Advanced-mid competence is defined as the ability to function successfully and effectively in most formal and informal settings, with ease and accuracy. This ability must be reflected in the four skills of reading, writing, speaking, and listening comprehension.

For a more comprehensive description of application requirements, please visit Frequently Asked Questions.

International students:  For additional requirements for international applicants (non-U.S. citizens or non-permanent residents), minimum TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores, and important information regarding visas, please click here.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Generous scholarships and financial aid are available; for more information please visit Financial Aid.

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Students and alumni can work closely with Career Services for an array of resources, including CV/resume help, job search, and networking.