GW’s Program in Experiential Education & Jewish Cultural Arts (EE/JCA), the only master’s program of its kind in the United States, offers an intensive 13-month, cross-disciplinary curriculum combining coursework in Jewish cultural arts, experiential education, and museum education. Graduates will be prepared for careers in Jewish museums and arts institutions, community centers, college campus organizations, summer camps, and other innovative educational and cultural settings.
Qualified applicants receive up to 85% tuition support, thanks to the generous support of the Jim Joseph Foundation and George Washington University.
Partnering theory with practice, and the classroom with fieldwork, the EE/JCA curriculum enables students to become competent, creative, and reflective professionals. The program:
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The Experiential Education & Jewish Cultural Arts program enables students to develop professional skills though participation in three progressively intensive internships (fall, spring, and summer) at Jewish arts and education organizations. These fieldwork experiences are supervised closely by site-based mentors and EE/JCA faculty. EE/JCA students have completed Fall and Spring internships at organizations including:
The Capstone Fellows Program--our summer internship placement--provides students with the opportunity to pursue full-time, six-week-long internships at exemplary Jewish arts and education organizations around the country. EE/JCA provides a stipend to defray living and travel expenses. This year, our students will have the opportunity to conduct capstone field placements at:
Research suggests that American Jews increasingly connect to Jewish learning through cultural events, arts organizations, social networks, and informal educational experiences, outside the traditional hubs of Jewish schools and synagogues. There is growing need, therefore, for well-prepared professionals who can produce quality Jewish cultural programing and educational experiences. Some of the relevant questions we are exploring include:
EDUC 6100 Mosaic: The Institute I
JSTD 6001 Soundscape: Jews & Music or JSTD 6202 Multiple Lives
EDUC 6100 Artful Synthesis: Experiential Jewish Education in Theory & Practice
EDUC 6100 Behind the Scenes: Experiential Museum Education
EE/JCA graduates enter careers in Jewish museums and arts institutions, community centers, college campus organizations, summer camps, and cultural tourism programs.
The Experiential Education & Jewish Cultural Arts program offers multiple opportunities for professional networking. Beginning with Mosaic: The Institute, students regularly meet with artists, educators, and leaders of community organizations. Direct contact with practitioners in the field, opportunities for top-notch internships, and professional development workshops position students to further their career goals.