Doctor of Education, Jewish Education Leadership concentration

Campus Locations Boston, Online
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Credits Required for Graduation 60
Entry Terms Winter Quarter, Summer Quarter
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We have suspended new enrollments to the Jewish Education Leadership concentration and are presently not accepting applications for admission.

If you are a student currently enrolled in the program, our staff will work with you to complete all program coursework by July 2014. If you have questions please contact Clara Lau at 617.373.6332 or


Combining the Jewish professional education expertise of Hebrew College with the world-class research and real-world resources of Northeastern University, Hebrew College and Northeastern’s College of Professional Studies offer a unique doctoral program for the research-driven practitioner. The Doctor of Education (EdD), Jewish Education Leadership concentration is designed to meet the needs of Jewish educators and professionals who wish to take on greater leadership responsibilities within Jewish educational or communal organizations.

Courses in this highly focused concentration address the complex challenges facing Jewish leaders—providing the critical foundation for becoming an innovative, skillful, and effective educator.

Key learning objectives include:

  • Explore how Jewish educators derive curricular priorities from the interplay of belief, theory, research, and practice
  • Study a range of philosophies of American Jewish education with consideration for their theoretical assumptions and rationales, objectives, approaches to curriculum, pedagogic methods, and educational environments and contexts to which they are applicable
  • Understand techniques for collecting, analyzing, and sharing data as it informs instruction and curriculum, impacts teacher performance, and fosters change in Jewish schools and other Jewish educational institutions
  • Consider the history, structure, functions, and overall landscape of Jewish educational institutions in North America
  • Investigate Jewish education in all its forms—day school education, synagogue-based or supplemental Jewish education, denominationally based education, community schools, and those that specifically define themselves as pluralistic or nondenominational
  • Examine the institutional dynamics of Jewish education—organization, function, interinstitutional dynamics, communal norms, patterns of leadership, and decision making



Required Foundation Courses (9 q.h.)

EDU 7202 Transforming Human Systems 3 q.h.
EDU 7209 Introduction to Doctoral Studies 3 q.h.
EDU 7210 Leadership Theory and Research 3 q.h.

Required Research Courses (9 q.h.)

EDU 7280 Fundamentals of Research 3 q.h.
EDU 7281 Research Design 3 q.h
EDU 7283 Proposal Development—Qualitative   3 q.h.  

Jewish Education Leadership Concentration Courses (18 q.h.)

Complete the following courses:

JLS 6220 Curriculum Development in Jewish Education 3 q.h.
JLS 6230 Philosophies of Jewish Education  3 q.h.
JLS 6240 Assessment in Jewish Education  3 q.h.
JLS 6250 Critical Issues in Jewish Education Leadership: Case Studies  3 q.h.
JLS 6260 Leadership Challenges in Jewish Education  3 q.h.
JLS 6270 Landscape of Jewish Education in North America 3 q.h.

Elective Courses (12 q.h.)

Students take additional courses from the Curriculum, Teaching, Learning and Leadership Concentration. Possible electives are not limited to, but include: 

EDU 7216 Social Justice and Educational Equity: Investigating and Changing the P-12 Context 3 q.h.
EDU 7217 Educational Systems: The Dynamics between Policy, Values, and Practice 3 q.h.
EDU 7241 International Research & Practice in Curriculum 3 q.h.
EDU 7242 Situated Leadership 3 q.h.
EDU 7243 Doctoral Seminar in Curriculum Leadership  3 q.h.
EDU 7254 Postsecondary and Institutional Public Policy 3 q.h.
EDU 7257 The Urban University in the United States 3 q.h.
EDU 7260 Comparative International/Global Higher Education 3 q.h.
EDU 7264 Educating Global Students: Issues and Practices 3 q.h.
EDU 7270 Leadership and Communication: Challenges and Interdependencies 3 q.h.
EDU 7271 Information and Communication: Social and Conventional Networks 3 q.h.
EDU 7273 Professional Leadership and Communication 3 q.h.
EDU 7282 Proposal Development—Quantitative 3 q.h. 
  Doctor of Education Advanced Graduate Credit up to 9 q.h.

(A maximum of 9 quarter hours of graduate- or doctoral-level credit obtained at another institution may be awarded as Advanced Graduate Credit.)

Doctoral Thesis Courses (12 q.h.)

EDU 8796 Thesis Proposal and the Internal Review Board 3 q.h.
EDU 8797 Thesis Data Collection, Initial Analysis, and Management 3 q.h.
EDU 8798 Thesis Data Analysis and Presentation 3 q.h.
EDU 8799 Thesis Findings and Discussion 3 q.h.

Total Quarter Hours: 60

Admissions Requirements

Please note that these requirements have been updated for the Summer 2012 start term.

Below are the official Admissions Requirements for this program.

  • Online application
  • Academic transcripts: Official undergraduate and graduate degree documentation
  • Admission statement: Respond to both questions separately and stay within the prescribed word limits. The ability to demonstrate clear, succinct, well-reasoned writing is essential.

    1. From among the most significant issues in education/organizations today, what specific problem of practice are you interested in investigating during your doctoral study? (1,000 - 1,200 words)
    • Describe the problem of practice
    • Explain why you want to investigate it
    • Provide a strong rationale for the significance of the problem

    2. How have your previous research, work, and life experiences prepared you for the Northeastern University doctoral program in education? (300 - 400 words)

    Please be aware that the University's academic policy on plagiarism applies to applicant's statement of purpose.
  • Minimum work experience: Three years in a related field
  • Professional resume: Must summarize work and education history, include an outline of your educational/academic skills with examples such as research and teaching experience, affiliations, publications, certifications, presentations, and other professional skills.
  • Faculty recommendation: Must be from a faculty member in your previous graduate program who can attest to your readiness for doctoral work. If you are no longer acquainted with a faculty member, please choose a professional who can speak of your academic capabilities to engage in doctoral level research and writing. Recommendations should be presented as a letter attached to the general recommendation form.
  • Two professional recommendations: Must be from individuals who have either academic or professional knowledge of your capabilities, a supervisor, mentor, or colleague. It is preferred that one letter of recommendation come from your current employer and/or supervisor. Recommendations should be presented as a letter attached to the general recommendation form.
  • Proof of English language proficiency: ONLY for students for whom English is not their primary language: English language proficiency guidelines
  • More information about advanced graduate credit.

For general admissions information and recommended admissions deadlines, Graduate Admissions.

All requirements must be received prior to review.


Estimated total tuition for this program is $46,020.00.

Tuition for individual courses is based on the number of quarter hours. Most courses are 3-6 quarter hours. See Graduate Tuition Rates for details.

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Please note: The estimated total tuition is based on tuition rates for Academic Year 2016-17 and does not include any fees or other expenses. Some courses and labs have tuition rates that may increase or decrease total tuition. Tuition and fees are subject to revision by the president and Board of Trustees at any time.

*A maximum of 9 quarter hours of graduate- or doctoral-level credit obtained at another institution may be awarded as Advanced Graduate Credit to the Doctor of Education program.

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