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  Graduate School–New Brunswick 2010–2012 Programs, Faculty, and Courses Jewish Studies 563 Certificate Program  

Certificate Program

The certificate in Jewish studies is available to students enrolled in master's-level and doctoral-level programs at Rutgers University. These include degree candidates in professional programs such as library and information science (L.I.S.), education, and social work, along with those seeking master of arts (M.A.) and doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees in the humanities and social sciences.

The certificate in Jewish studies requires four courses in relevant subjects. Courses taken at the 400-level must be taught by professorial-level department faculty, with the expectation that additional work will be required in order to receive graduate credit.

In addition to courses offered in Jewish studies, certain courses taught in other departments or graduate programs (e.g., German, history) may count towards the certificate. These will be listed at the Jewish studies website, along with the Jewish studies courses offered each semester.

Special note about social work students

By special arrangement with the School of Social Work, master of social work (M.S.W.) students will need to take only three courses in Jewish studies at the graduate level. In lieu of the fourth course, their yearlong second-year field placement will take place in a Jewish organization or agency.

Special note about education students

There are two routes to the master of education (Ed.M.) degree. 1) Students enroll in the five-year teacher education program, in which case they graduate from Rutgers with both a B.A. and an Ed.M. 2) The Ed.M postbaccalaureate program, which earns the students the master's degree only (obviously these students enter the program with a bachelor's degree).

Regardless of which route, Jewish studies works almost solely with students seeking the Ed.M. degree leading to certification in social studies education K-12. Students in the first track have no electives in the graduate component of their program, so they would need to take the Jewish studies graduate courses either in their fourth year at Rutgers or as additional courses in their fifth year at Rutgers. Students in the second track, on the other hand, have three electives built into their program, which could be fulfilled through Jewish studies, and then they would need to take only one additional course to fulfill both their Ed.M. requirements and the Jewish studies Jewish studies certificate.

Note: the term "certificate" bears a special technical meaning in the field of education (associated with state licensure and so on). Accordingly, the students in the Ed.M. program earn a "concentration" in Jewish studies.

For additional information, contact RU-info at 732-445-info (4636) or
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