Experiential Jewish Education

Graduate School of Education and Human Development

Master of Arts in Education & Human Development (M.A. Ed.H.D.)
Location(s): Foggy Bottom - Main Campus

Program Overview

The only program of its kind in the country, the GW Master's program in Experiential Jewish Education will expand your knowledge and teach you pedagogical approaches to Jewish Education in experiential settings.

The 30-credit program offers an intensive 13 months full-time extended or 24 months part-time (hybrid, on-campus/online) interdisciplinary course of study. Students may specialize in Jewish cultural arts, Jewish social justice & community engagement, or Israel education. Graduates are prepared for leadership positions in Jewish museums and arts institutions, community centers, college campus organizations, social justice organizations, summer camps, and other innovative educational and cultural settings.

Partnering theory with practice, and the classwork with fieldwork, the EJE curriculum enables students to become competent, creative, and reflective Jewish education professionals. The program:

-Inspires students to develop exciting and relevant programming for a range of audiences
-Offers full-time students a year-long series of internships at cultural arts, social justice & community engagement, Israel education, and other educational institutions, and part-time students flexibility to learn while continuing to work in the field
-Develops professional skills including budgeting, grant writing, workplace collaboration, and effective communication.

We invite prospective students to visit us or schedule an informational phone conversation to learn more about the Experiential Jewish Education program.

For program information, please email Ilana Weltman at [email protected].

Admission Requirements

Admission deadlines:

Summer – Rolling admissions (January 15 to be considered for merit-based tuition support)

Recommendations required:

Two (2) recommendations (preferably one from a faculty member and the other from a professional supervisor)

Prior academic records:

Transcripts are required from all colleges and universities attended, whether or not credit was earned, the program was completed, or the credit appears as transfer credit on another transcript.  Unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities attended should be uploaded to your online application.  Official transcripts are required only of applicants who are offered admission.

Transcripts from institutions outside the United States must be accompanied by an official transcript evaluation from an accredited independent evaluating agency. Please be sure you request a detailed evaluation that includes all course titles, credit hours, grade-point average (GPA), United States degree equivalency, and date of degree conferral. Please see the list of acceptable foreign credential evaluation services.

Statement of purpose: 

In an essay of 250 to 500 words, state your purpose in undertaking graduate study at The George Washington University, describing your academic objectives, research interests, and career plans. Also discuss your related qualifications, including collegiate, professional, and community activities and any other substantial accomplishments not already mentioned in the application.

Additional requirements:

A resumé is required.

International applicants only:

Please review International Applicant Information carefully for details on required documents, earlier deadlines for applicants requiring an I-20 or DS-2019 from GW, and English language requirements.

Supporting documents not submitted online should be mailed to:
Office of Graduate Admissions
Graduate School of Education and Human Development
The George Washington University
2136 G Street, NW
Washington, DC 20052

Contact for questions:
[email protected] ~ 202.994.9283 ~ 202.994.7207 (fax)
9:30 am – 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday