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Master of Arts in Teaching: Jewish Day Schools/DeLeT


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Delet (Day school Leadership through Teaching; the Hebrew word for “door”) offers an opportunity to earn a Masters of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree and MA state initial teaching license through a 13 month, internship-based program. Within Delet, you can choose one of the following tracks:

Delet Provides

  • Generous tuition scholarships
  • Two summers of study and a year-long mentored internship
  • Small, personal learning environment
  • Close integration of courses and fieldwork
  • Help in getting placed as a teacher in a Jewish Day School
  • Support during the first two years of teaching
  • Membership in a growing alumni network

Special Features

  • Participation in a study group with other day school MAT candidates that meets across the program to explore personal and professional Jewish expression and identity; day school policy and politics; and the relationship between secular and Jewish studies.
  • Opportunity to study with one of Brandeis’ outstanding professors of Jewish education (Prof. Jon Levisohn, Prof. Jonathan Krasner, Prof. Sharon Feiman-Nemser, Prof. Joe Reimer) in the Fall semester.
  • For secondary: Opportunity to take Jewish studies courses with outstanding faculty in Brandeis’ Near Eastern and Jewish Studies Dept. during Summer 1 and Fall semesters.
  • Year-long internship in a local day school partnering with Brandeis for many years.
  • Guidance and support from experienced Field Instructors with longstanding experience in the Delet program and trained Mentor Teachers who are alumni of the Delet program.
  • Core assignments in selected courses tailored to day school teaching (e.g child study incorporates the spiritual life of children; unit design focuses on teaching Jewish holidays).
  • Access to a special scholarship fund for day school candidates on top of scholarship funding from Brandeis University.
  • Induction into the Delet Alumni Network (DAN), an active national network of  Delet alumni which provides support during and after the program and ongoing opportunities for professional development and networking.
  • Help with job placements in day schools around the country.
  • Invitations to special events at the Mandel Center for Studies in Jewish Education (e.g. annual Teacher Forum).


Elementary/Delet

Students in the Elementary MAT (Delet) program earn a Master of Arts in Teaching in elementary education, and are eligible for initial teaching licensure (grades 1 - 6) from the State of Massachusetts. Delet is a personalized and inquiry-based program where students work closely with outstanding faculty and fellow students in a cohort model. Research and practice, coursework and fieldwork are closely integrated. The program is 13 months long with two summers of full time coursework at Brandeis University and a full time internship during the academic year in a local day school.

Delet focuses on an integrated model of general and Judaic studies preparing students to teach reading, writing, math, Jewish holidays, Torah, and anything else.


Secondary Schools/Delet

For those interested in teaching in a Jewish middle or high school, there are two options: choose a general studies concentration (English, History, Biology, etc.) or concentrate in teaching Tanakh/Bible. Both of these options enable students to be a part of the Delet cohort, learning with others focusing on Jewish day school education, as well as a part of the diverse and multi-disciplinary secondary cohort.

Secondary students have the opportunity to further their knowledge of their specific subject matter by taking classes in the high caliber departments at Brandeis while also learning about pedagogy and practice with Brandeis education professors and master teachers in our affiliated schools.

For those interested in teaching in a Jewish middle or high school, there are two options:

1. Combine an interest with a particular subject matter with Jewish values and knowledge. Delet believes in a holistic model where Jewish values and general studies are integrated. English, History and even Biology have opportunities for Jewish integration, like reading Jewish authors or studying evolution. You would have an individualized course load combining content courses offered in the relevant department at Brandeis with your peers in the Secondary cohort, and core Delet classes, as well as an internship in a Jewish Day School. If you are interested, contact mat@brandeis.edu for the next steps.

2. Teach Jewish Studies. This small, personalized program is designed to challenge and prepare graduate students to become teachers of Tanakh in middle or high Jewish day schools. Uniquely situated in both the Secondary track of the MAT program as well as Delet, Tanakh students benefit from being a part of the Delet cohort and learning with others focusing on Jewish day school education, as well as with the diverse and multi-disciplinary secondary students.

Tanakh students have the opportunity to further their knowledge of their specific subject matter by taking classes in the distinguished Judaic studies department at Brandeis while also learning about pedagogy and practice with Brandeis professors and master teachers in our affiliated schools.

For more information, e-mail mat@brandeis.edu or call (781) 736-2024.