• About the Fanya Gottesfeld Heller Division of Doctoral Studies

    In 2006, with the generous gift of its namesake, Azrieli dedicated the Fanya Gottesfeld Heller Division of Doctoral Studies, now among the leading doctoral programs in Jewish education in the country.

    Students complete the 51-credit doctoral program while pursuing their demanding careers. Courses are offered during evenings, and during day hours during the summer session. Typically, students complete the course sequence in 2-3 years, and then focus on completion of the dissertation over the following 2-3 years.

    The doctoral program is enriched by additional opportunities for learning and professional development including annual scholars in residence programs, student-faculty collaborations of submissions and presentations at national conferences and in scholarly journals, and faculty presentations on research, consultation and programming in Jewish school settings.

    Azrieli offers three concentrations of doctoral study: educational leadership, psychology of student support, and curriculum and instruction. With an emphasis on collaborative faculty-student research initiatives and extensive professional mentoring, our graduates are ascending to leadership roles throughout the Jewish educational community and beyond.

    Educational Leadership

    The specialization in educational leadership trains professionals to advance the quality of teaching and learning in their schools and communities, build positive institutional cultures for their student, faculty, and parent bodies, and cultivate the leadership skills of others in their school communities. Students gain proficiency in the latest research, national and state governmental guidelines, professional association standards, and other areas relevant to educational leadership.

    Psychology of Student Support

    Those concentrating in psychology of student support master the psychological theories and the practical techniques to support the educational, social, emotional, behavioral, and religious development of children and adolescents. Graduates are equipped to develop support systems in their schools and communities, implement programs of prevention, and intervene when problems emerge.

    Curriculum and Instruction

    The specialization in curriculum and instruction enables teachers to enhance the educational contexts in which instruction takes place through curriculum development and instructional improvement. Students master curricular theory applied to Judaic studies, as well as educational methodologies for effective implementation in general and diverse populations. In addition, students gain an indepth knowledge of the latest educational resource materials, technologies, and evaluative tools.

    Learn more about the doctoral program (PDF).

    A Message from the Director of Doctoral Studies

    Jewish educators interested in administration, student support or curriculum arenas are invited to apply to the doctoral program which offers a broad array of courses and practica for addressing these three areas critical for Jewish schools.

    The doctoral program aims to create educational leaders who combine research literacy with applied knowledge and skills to make a contribution to the field of Jewish education. Practica and internship experiences allow students to experience the direct connection between research, class lectures and work in Jewish schools and agencies. The program culminates with a scholarly dissertation aimed at integrating and expanding the doctoral students’ experiences in the program, and making a contribution to the field at large.

    Diversity of perspective, training, and experience categorize both the faculty and student body of the doctoral program. Faculty degrees include the fields of Psychology, Education, Social Work and Jewish Studies, and their areas are rich and varied. Similarly, the students bring to the program their collective years of experience as teachers, administrators, counselors, curriculum specialists, program developers and evaluators. This array of interests, talents and affinities contributes to lively and nuanced scholarly and hands-on discussions of the critical issues impacting Jewish education today and in the future.

    We welcome those interested in building on the rich history of Jewish education, those prepared to blend tradition with modern knowledge and technique, and those dedicated to giving Jewish education the focus and import it both needs and deserves.

    Rona M. Novick, PhD

Yeshiva University
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