At a Glance

Credit Hours 48
Main Campus
Foggy Bottom, Washington, D.C.
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  • Late applicants may be considered.
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Experiential Education and Jewish Cultural Arts

Master of Arts in Education and Human Development

The Experiential Education and Jewish Cultural Arts Program is an exciting new collaboration between GW’s Graduate School of Education and Human Development and the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences.  The program, the only one of its kind in the country, offers students an interdisciplinary curriculum that combines and enriches coursework from GSEHD’s Museum Education Program and the Columbian College’s master's degree in Jewish Cultural Arts.

The program prepares students for employment in many settings, ranging from educational institutions that span pre-school through the university to the world of museums and tourism.  As Jewish cultural programming continues to expand, our graduates will be equipped to assume leadership roles within Jewish community centers, YMHAs, summer camps, college campus organizations, museums and other cultural organizations.

Experiential education provides meaningful experiences and imparts knowledge and skills outside of traditional classroom settings

The program will equip students with the knowledge and pedagogical practices of an arts and culture-based approach to Jewish education. It is designed for students from a variety of academic backgrounds who demonstrate a commitment to service in the Jewish community and an eagerness to explore and create learning environments that extend beyond conventional academic settings. The first cohort of students will begin the Experiential Education and Jewish Cultural Arts Program in summer 2014.

Thanks to generous grant support from the Jim Joseph Foundation, a leader in the nation’s efforts to enhance and expand Jewish education, qualified applicants may receive up to 85% in tuition support. 

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“If we want to have a meaningful, rich Jewish culture in the U.S., we need brilliant young leaders to run our museums, film festivals, camps, schools, and other cultural institutions. And they won't just descend from the heavens.  [This] program … will train that next generation of leaders, giving them the knowledge and skills not just to safeguard the legacy of Jewish history, but also to steer us toward new discoveries. It's an unprecedented and deeply necessary undertaking. Can you imagine what it will mean when a new cadre of informed, energetic Jewish culture leaders and educators fans out across the country? Nothing less than a sea change in the way we understand what Jewishness is.  The alumni of this program will make that a reality.”

- Josh Lambert of the Yiddish Book Center