Towson University is one of five higher education institutions nationwide that offers a master’s in Jewish education and communal service. The program prepares students for careers as professional leaders for the Jewish community through a combination of leadership training, communal service and practical field experience. The interdisciplinary curriculum combines courses in leadership, education, non-profit management, communal service, Jewish studies and an internship experience tailored to each student.
The program emphasizes the development of effective communication, critical analysis, and flexible thinking skills. Core components include five graduate Jewish studies courses, six professional courses, a supervised internship and practicum seminar. You’ll choose from two concentrations:
Students enrolled in the Towson University family science major may apply for admission to this B.A. to M.A. program and complete both degrees in 5 years. Students in the program begin graduate course work during their senior year by taking 9 units of 500/600 level courses that count toward both the undergraduate and graduate degrees. Another nine units are taken during the summer terms.
The Master of Social Work and Leadership in Jewish Education and Communal Service is a dual-degree program offered by Towson and the University of Maryland. The program will prepare you for careers in the Jewish community in areas such as federations (planning, campaign, and resource development); community relations councils (Jewish advocacy and community organizations); Jewish community center work (group work, programming, youth work, and administration); and Jewish family services (clinical social work).
The Leadership in Jewish Education and Communal Service and Jewish Studies is a 59-unit program that prepares professionals and educators to lead the Jewish community of the 21st century. Students are immersed in Jewish classics and humanities, develop an understanding of the scope of the Jewish experience, and prepare to become effective and knowledgeable Jewish educators.