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Graduate Certificate in Hebrew Language Pedagogy

The program is offered through the Joseph & Rebecca Meyerhoff Program and Center for Jewish Studies in the College of Arts and Humanities. The program is designed for working professionals seeking to enhance their theoretical knowledge and practical skills in Hebrew language instruction.

Mentoring and advising are an essential part of the program. Students meet with faculty and the academic program director to ensure that educational goals and career learning and development goals are met. Students should contact the program director, Dr. Avital Karpman, via email:


The Graduate Certificate in Hebrew Language Pedagogy (Z170) is a 12-credit, 4-course graduate program that provides students with theoretical knowledge about modern Hebrew language instruction and hands-on, practical application of classroom teaching methods, meaningful learning, and curriculum development.

  • Trains pre-service and in-service Hebrew instructors, providing them with the most current materials and frameworks in language teaching research and methods while also solidifying their knowledge of Hebrew grammar and linguistic foundations.
  • Equips teachers with hands-on, practical experience and methods to create their own daily lesson plans, teaching materials, and curricula.
  • Designed for working professionals seeking to enhance their theoretical knowledge and practical skills in Hebrew language instruction.
  • Provides professional training to pre-service and in-service Hebrew instructors at K-12 schools and in informal, extracurricular learning settings.
  • Successful graduates may choose to be placed in a teaching position or continue their studies in the Master of Arts in Jewish Studies.
  • Can be completed in nine months of continuous part-time enrollment. See Designation of Full-time/Part-time Status.


Below is a listing of all program courses. For a detailed course description that includes pre-requisites or co-requisites, see The Graduate School Catalog JWST Course Descriptions

Course Number Title
JWST671 Hebrew Language Pedagogy: Fundamentals of Language Teaching
JWST672 Jewish and Israeli Identity and Culture in the Jewish/Hebrew Education Classroom
JWST677 Supervised Instruction (teaching practicum course)
JWST686 Social Media, Content Creation, Audience Engagement and Analytics

Registration Overview

  • See the sample plan of study, below. Students should use this as a guide to develop a plan with the academic program director.
  • Actual course offerings are determined by the program and may vary semester to semester. Students should note if a course has a pre-requisite or co-requisite.
  • Specific class meeting information (days and time) is posted on UMD’s interactive web service services, Testudo. Once on that site, select “Schedule of Classes,” then the term/year. Courses are listed by academic unit.
  • The program uses specific section codes for registration, which are listed on the sample plan of study.

Sample Plan

Semester Year Course Number In Person Section Code Online Section Code Credits
Fall 1 JWST671 PCZ* PLZ* 3
Fall 1 JWST677 PCZ* PLZ* 3
Spring 1 JWST672 PCZ* PLZ* 3
Spring 1 JWST686 PCZ* PLZ* 3


  • Features a blend of in-person instruction and online learning.
  • Uses the semester academic calendar with classes held during fall and spring semester (16 weeks each) and Summer Session (two 6-week sessions).
  • Instruction provided by University of Maryland faculty and professionals in the field.

In Person Instruction

  • Features dynamic and interactive seminar-style in-person learning.
  • Classes meet in UMD College Park campus classrooms, offering a focused, distraction-free learning environment.
  • Students enrolled in a program that features in-person instruction are required to submit the University’s Immunization Record Form prior to the first day of their first semester/term. See Health Requirements.

Online Instruction

  • Using advanced audio and video technology, UMD’s online learning environment delivers dynamic and interactive content.
  • Featuring convenience and flexibility, online instruction permits asynchronous or synchronous participation.
  • Students attend lectures virtually (e.g., use of video technology, such as Zoom).
  • Online lectures (lecture, slides, presentation, and Q&A interactions) are recorded and video-archived for student review.

Upon successful completion, graduates will have mastered the following competencies:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of general applied linguistics theory related to second language acquisition, and variety of teaching methods and Hebrew-specific proficiency levels.
  • Demonstrate the ability to creatively design and conduct classroom Hebrew lessons by applying theory and using a range of appropriate research methods and techniques.
  • Demonstrate written, oral and digital communication skills to report on research in Hebrew applied linguistics and communicate ab out it with specialized and non-specialized audiences.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of advanced Hebrew grammar frameworks.
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