Pardes Day School Educators Program: 2-Year MJEd (with Hebrew College)

Program Description

The Pardes Day School Educators Program – training outstanding Jewish studies teachers for day schools since 2000 – is a vibrant and innovative two-year program in Jerusalem that combines intensive text study at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies with a Master of Jewish Education from Hebrew College. This program is highly selective, seeking outstanding applicants for whom day school teaching is their calling.

The Pardes Day School Educators Program includes core components of the Pardes Year Program, plus: holistic pedagogical training and education courses preparing teachers for the 21st-century Jewish studies classroom; customized Hebrew language ulpan with Ulpan Or; student teaching at Jewish day schools for one month each year in North America; seminars on text and context, spirituality and Tefilah in Jewish day schools, and Israel education; one-on-one mentoring with expert teaching coaches; career coaching, job placement assistance and alumni support.

Graduates of the two-year Pardes Day School Educators Program earn a Master of Jewish Education and a Certificate in Jewish Day School Education from Hebrew College and a Certificate of Advanced Jewish Studies from the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies.

Click here for a sampling of just some of the schools at which PCJE alumni have taught upon completion of the Day School Educators Program.

Hoping to hire a PCJE graduate as a teacher or Jewish educator? Please contact Gail Kirschner at with a description of the position and we will try to make a shidduch!

BA with above-average GPA, experience with Jewish text study and Hebrew language, some experience in teaching or experiential education.

Admission Requirements:

  • Online application (separate Pardes and Hebrew College applications)
  • An official transcript of academic records from all colleges and universities
  • Placement tests for Hebrew language and text levels
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Personal essay
  • Interview

Post-Program Commitment:
Graduates of the two-year Pardes Day School Educators Program commit to teaching Jewish studies in a North American Jewish day school for a minimum of three years upon completion of the program.

The Pardes Day School Educators Program is highly subsidized. Benefits include:

  • Pardes tuition fully funded for two academic years (includes all courses, field trips and special programs)
  • Ulpan tuition fully funded
  • Living stipend of $1,200 per month
  • Student teaching in North America each spring, travel and housing expenses funded

Pardes students usually rent apartments in Jerusalem. Pardes provides helpful housing resources to accepted students, including a listserve. Click here for more info about finding housing in Jerusalem.

Click here for answers to the most frequently asked questions.

In Israel:
Gail Kirschner
+972 2 673 5210 ext244

In North America:
Haley Schulman