The Master of Arts in Education in Early Childhood Education (MAEd ECE) degree program is intentionally designed to support educators who want to acquire skills and mastery of both Jewish Early Childhood Education theories and practice as well as to hone their leadership and advocacy skills. Our cohort model brings together educators from a diverse group of practitioners in a wide range of programs and philosophies. Together, we learn, grow, advocate, and support the field of Jewish Early Childhood Education. Our learning is framed by the Torah, Hebrew, Israel, and the intersection of our traditions and innovations for learning.

This is an ONLINE program that meets Mondays from 4:30-6:30 PM PT.


Students who complete the program will develop the skills necessary to:

  • Describe, summarize, apply, and critically evaluate and synthesize constructs, theories, and empirical findings pertaining to child development including developmental milestones and processes in the physical, cognitive, and social-emotional domains from conception to adolescence.
  • Demonstrate research knowledge and skills: explain and apply the scientific method; describe, evaluate, and apply research and observation methods used in the study of children’s development; and calculate and interpret basic statistics.
  • Demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills that reflect the ability to summarize, apply, and evaluate/synthesize developmental theories and empirical findings and that are consistent with the professional and ethical standards of the early childhood education field.
  • Use best practices of early childhood education when working with children, families, and the community. This includes developing and demonstrating professional and personal skills and qualities related to the field of early childhood education (e.g. observation techniques, curriculum development/implementation, leadership and teamwork, professional ethics, accountability, reliability).
  • Identify children who may have special needs, and families that may be in crisis, and be able to locate appropriate resources to help guide families through the process of therapy and/or recovery.
  • Manage, supervise, and mentor teachers and future leaders in Jewish early childhood education.


  • Earn your Master of Arts degree in 2 years
  • 38 semester units total completed in-residence and online with AJU
  • 5 semesters total, including two Fall and Spring terms, and one Summer term
  • Tuition information can be found at: /financial-aid/tuition-and-fees


To learn more, contact Early Childhood Coordinator Megan Blicha at blicha.megan [at]

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