Jewish Childhood Education & Special Education

The only one of its kind, our master's program in Jewish Childhood Education & Special Education, led by Jewish special education expert, Dr. Jeff Lichtman, is geared towards educators in the Jewish community. With a unique focus on Jewish education, you will be prepared to work in a wide variety of teaching and leadership positions in schools and other special education settings. Graduates of this master of science in education program will be eligible for dual NYSED licensure in Special Education and Education, upon completing all NYSED requirements.

This program provides ongoing professional development and support to its graduates as well as career counseling to help each graduate achieve their professional goals in balance with their life goals.

What You'll Learn

Taught by leading practitioners in the field, courses are built on empirically-based theory and innovative practice in educational methodology. Course offerings include understanding learning disabilities and evidence-based intervention; positive and successful classroom management; and methods of effective Judaic Studies instruction. Emphasis is placed on understanding the student and his context, in order to provide meaningful and engaging instruction.

What to Expect

  • When to start: You can start any semester - fall, spring, or summer.
  • Evening classes: All classes offered during the school year meet in the evening so candidates are able to work, and most of our students are working full-time.
  • Two years to completion: The program is typically completed in two years. Taking three courses each fall and spring semester, and one course in winter and summer semesters will complete the program in two years, though you can spread it out to a slower pace over two and a half to three years, as well.
  • One year to completion: If you wish you can finish faster in an intensive one-year program, though typically you would only be able to work part-time while in this intensive program.

Fellowship Program

The SINAI Teacher Fellowship Program provides a unique opportunity to earn your graduate degree from Touro at a greatly discounted tuition, while also receiving full compensation as an assistant teacher at a SINAI school and hands-on training and mentorship from experienced SINAI educators.

Admissions & Contact

Applicants must follow the general admission requirements & guidelines for the Graduate School of Education. Any questions? Please reach out to Dr. Jeff Lichtman, program chair.