How will the program work?
Students will have the option of (i) a 30-credit course of study plus a thesis worth six credits or (ii) a 36-credit course of study without a thesis. (In both cases, the full tuition cost encompasses all 36 credits.)
The degree can be completed in as little as one year with full-time study or over the course of two to four years in a part-time course of study (designed for working teachers and working professionals).
Students will participate in regular University of Dallas graduate courses, as well as special courses and seminars designed for the Jewish Classical Education track and taught by Tikvah professors.
Coursework & Other Requirements:
- Required Courses
- Philosophy of Classical Education
- Classical Pedagogy: Ancient and Modern
- Four courses from the “Great Works” series: Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance, Modern (This requirement can be waived for students who demonstrate a sufficiently strong background.)
- Electives Courses Are Expected to Include:
- Elementary and Middle School Education Through a Jewish Lens
- Tanakh and the Formation of Western Civilization
- Teaching Midrash and Talmud with Western Civilization in Mind
- Athens and Jerusalem: Affinities and Clashes
- Hebrew Immersion for Elementary School Students
- History of Liberal Arts Education
- Ancient Epics
- Plato and Socratic Conversation
- Dante and Education
- Existential Fiction
- Teaching Great American Speeches
- Writing as Imitation
- Teaching Classical Children’s Literature
- Classical Pedagogy in the Science Classroom
- A World Destroyed and Rebuilt: Jewish Education after the Holocaust
- Language Requirement: Students will be required to demonstrate reading knowledge in at least one of the following languages: Hebrew, Greek, Latin, French, German, or Italian. It may be possible to waive this requirement in extraordinary circumstances.
- Thesis: Students will have the option to write a Masters Thesis in Humanities, under the direction of a professor. An approved Masters Thesis will count for six credits towards the degree’s required 36 credits.
- Comprehensive Exam: All students are expected to pass a comprehensive exam.
- Practicums: Our classical education program includes a flexible and optional practicum component. Under the direction of a faculty member and working with a mentor teacher at the teacher’s own school or classical school, students can design and implement a custom project putting the principles learned in the M.A. seminars into practice. In addition to this apprenticeship, students can benefit from connection to a professional network of teachers, programs, schools, and leaders in classical education.
- Summer Course: Students will participate in intensive in-person summer courses in the New York City area or another chosen location. These courses will provide an opportunity for learning focused on the foundational ideas of Jewish classical education with peers from across the country. Students will also design and deliver model lessons in a workshop setting with their peers and teachers, preparing them for the classroom in practical ways.
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