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Courses

The Tanakh secondary students take four graduate level courses in their area of concentration: one in the first summer, two in the fall semester, and one in the second summer. These content courses are individually selected to strengthen each student’s interests and content knowledge. See the list of the possible courses offered from the Near Eastern and Juduaic department. 

Summer 1 Courses

Subject Matter I

ED 264a Foundations of Education
Explores philosophical, sociological, historical, and political contexts of schools in the United States, including legal issues and concerns, teaching concerns, and current issues and trends. Emphasizes curriculum theory and the link between the developing pre-adolescent or adolescent and instruction. 

ED 157b The Psychology of Student Learning
How do children and adolescents learn? Topics in this survey course include models of learning, cognitive and social development, creativity, intelligence, motivation, complex reasoning, and learning disabilities. Course methods include contemporary research analyses, case studies, group projects, short lectures, and class discussions. 

Beit Midrash (House of Studyfor Teachers
Beit Midrash for Teachers is a weeklong component of the Foundations of Education course. This module is designed around the following three main purposes: to explore and engage with ideas in Jewish texts about teaching and learning; to explore havruta (paired study) learning as a form of Jewish learning; and to explore elements of good text study. 

Makom Kadosh (Holy Place)
Makom Kadosh is the spiritual development component of Delet, a year-long experience with 4 distinct but connected segments. Makom Kadosh offers students an opportunity to think about what they, as individuals and as teachers, bring to the prayer experience. Delet students explore the themes of tefillah in relation to their own Jewish journeys as preparation for thinking about how to make tefillah meaningful for their students. Makom Kadosh borrows from many genres  (tefillot, Hasidic stories, children’s literature, art, and modern writings on spirituality in education) to create a picture of what sacred space can be. Experiential activities, journaling and discussion of prayers and other texts help Delet students extend their understanding of what it takes to create sacred space for themselves and for their students. 

Fall Semester Courses

Subject Matter II

Subject Matter III

ED 267a Fundamentals of Teaching
First half of two-semester course. Explores and evaluates approaches to instructional planning, formative and summative assessment, classroom culture and management, and emergent issues.  Also policy and regulatory issues at the national, state, and district level as they impinge on daily practice. Reflective practice, inquiry, and critical colleagueship are themes. 

ED 271a Pedagogy of Tanakh
This course is designed to provide opportunities to develop the intellectual and pedagogical skills needed for teaching Tanakh in Jewish day schools. 

Pre-practicum Internship
2-3 days a week in a classroom. Supervised teaching internship or practicum designed to help connect theory and practice. Students gradually build proficiency in teaching, adding responsibilities and skills over time.  Students have guided opportunities to observe, plan, and teach core subjects, manage classrooms, get to know students and families, and participate fully in the life of the school. Interns receive regular mentoring from school cooperating teachers and university field instructors. 

Moshe Rabbeinu – The Journey of a Leader
In this course, students will follow Moses’ path from childhood orphan to national leader and teacher. Through a close study of the text, we will trace his development through various significant experiences in his life that impacted the individual he becomes. Erik Erikson taught that one’s identity continues to develop throughout adulthood as the individual faces and negotiates challenges. As we study Moses’ emergence as leader and teacher, we will explore the idea of leadership through teaching, making connections to both our professional and personal lives.

Spring Semester Courses

ED 267b Fundamentals of Teaching 
Continuation of ED 267a. Central seminar taught in conjunction with the Practicum or Internship (ED 265b). Electronic portfolio requirement.

ED 265b Field Internship
Full-time in day school classroom. Supervised teaching internship or practicum designed to help connect theory and practice. Students gradually build proficiency in teaching, adding responsibilities and skills over time. Students have guided opportunities to observe, plan, and teach core subjects, manage classrooms, get to know students and families, and participate fully in the life of the school. Interns receive regular mentoring from school cooperating teachers and university field instructors. 

NEJS 235b Philosophy of Jewish Education
What should Jewish education be? What are its legitimate goals? What are the competing visions of an educated Jew, and how do these influence educational practice? How is Jewish education similar to and different from other kinds of religious education? This course addresses these and other questions from a philosophical perspective, through the close reading and analysis of theoretical texts.

Summer 2 Courses

Subject Matter IV

ED 266a Teacher Research
Students design and carry out a systematic investigation addressing a question or problem arising in their practice. Students explore principles and methods of classroom-based research and review examples of published teacher research. Students present their inquiry projects to fellow students, mentor teachers, and faculty in a teacher research colloquium at the conclusion of their second summer session.

The Creative Process: From Personal to Educational, Part II
Delet students are challenged to turn their ideas into a visual works. Students are more and less comfortable with using art supplies to express their ideas.  This is a model for classroom teachers in differentiation – how their future students can express their concepts in varied ways and using other media. As Delet students find their teaching placements, they think about the classroom environment. Potential teachers are asked to define a specific educational concept to create a visual display as a way to communicate with their future students. Projects include banners, posters and interactive artwork. Delet students from both cohorts arrange and display their art pieces. An important part of art is for other people to see, appreciate and understand the work.

Makom Kadosh (Holy Place), Part II
Makom Kadosh is the spiritual development component of Delet, a year-long experience with 4 distinct but connected segments. Makom Kadosh offers students an opportunity to think about what they, as individuals and as teachers, bring to the prayer experience. Delet students explore the themes of tefillah in relation to their own Jewish journeys as preparation for thinking about how to make tefillah meaningful for their students. Makom Kadosh borrows from many genres  (tefillot, Hasidic stories, children’s literature, art, and modern writings on spirituality in education) to create a picture of what sacred space can be. Experiential activities, journaling and discussion of prayers and other texts help Delet students extend their understanding of what it takes to create sacred space for themselves and for their students.