Faculty of Graduate Studies and Continuing Education
Dean: Prof. Moshe Itzhaki
The Faculty of Graduate Studies provides the highest level of academic and professional development and growth, addressing a range of educational, pedagogical, and social issues. Programs are designed to address the central educational issues in Israel and the demands of local school systems. Master’s degree programs are for individuals who seek professional and intellectual advancement with emphasis on practical implementation, in the fields of education, teaching, and social welfare. The Faculty aims to develop graduates who are knowledgeable, intellectually curious, mature and socially responsible, and have the highest personal ideals and values.
Oranim offers the following master’s degree programs:
Multidisciplinary Studies in the Humanities (M.Ed.)
Graduate Program Director: Dr. Yael Guilat
This program helps teachers to address questions regarding multi-disciplinary teaching from both a professional and institutional perspective. The program is designed for students in the humanities, social studies, and the arts; it helps them to develop a discourse on cultural values and their dilemmas and prepares them to create and implement new multidisciplinary programs. The program examines culture and the way it shapes people’s world view, and explores the interplay between various subjects taught in schools. It asks questions about culture and values and seeks new ways to teach these concepts. Graduates acquire broad knowledge needed to lead school teams and are challenged to be involved in social, cultural, and community frameworks.
Guidance and Counseling (M.Ed.)
Graduate Program Director: Dr. Tsameret Ricon
In every school in Israel, educational counselors are responsible for preventing problems and dealing with personal dilemmas and challenging issues. Counselors work directly with pupils, parents, and teachers, in order to identify and resolve both personal and system-based problems. They also help improve the school environment through personal, classroom, and school-wide interventions. The program equips counselors with deeper insight and understanding of pupils’ and teachers’ behavior and provides teachers with tools for their work. Once they graduate, they aid and counsel individual pupils who are in distress or undergoing a personal crisis, and they take on a leading role in developing effective comprehensive responses for these children, which are implemented by teaching staff and the schools as a whole.
Foreign Language Education: English, Arabic, and Hebrew as a Second Language (M.Ed.)
Graduate Program Director: Dr. Mila Schwartz
There is a great demand in Israel for highly qualified language teachers in English, Arabic, and Hebrew, all official languages in the country. The program responds to this need by equipping teachers with advanced skills in classroom teaching, curriculum development, and leadership of language programs and departments in their schools. The program prepares English, Arabic, and Hebrew teachers from elementary and secondary schools, as well as others within the educational system, who are responsible for curriculum development and teacher supervision. It provides them with advanced knowledge in a range of areas, including speech, vocabulary, language theory, language–based learning disabilities, and sociolinguistics.
Inclusive Education (M.Ed.)
Graduate Program Director: Dr. Laura Sigad
This master’s program is the first and the only one in Israel to offer advanced training to teachers and related professionals, such as counselors, principals, and youth workers, to work with children at risk and excluded youth. It provides the knowledge and skills needed to work in schools, build empowering learning models, and use pedagogical assessment tools adapted to different needs among pupils. It helps educators develop a higher level of understanding, awareness, and sensitivity, as well as a social, psychological, and educational perspective on youth at risk and excluded youth. It empowers professionals who cope well with complex educational-pedagogical issues. Graduates serve as mediators and interact with professionals in different intervention and authority positions. They are skilled at using dialogue to create change and reshape educational environments to become more inclusive educational frameworks.
Educational Leadership (M.Ed.)
Graduate Program Director: Dr. Hanna Kurland
This program develops leaders and educators with strong principles and values that are expressed and reflected in their professional work. They acquire broad knowledge of the field of education, and are able to identify, analyze, evaluate, and manage educational processes. Students come from a range of professional backgrounds, including teachers, informal educators, counselors, supervisors and academics with prior management experience. As key educational figures, they learn to develop, empower, lead, and support their students, peers, and management teams, and to reach a deeper, holistic perspective of their work. They provide educational leadership to parents and the community. There are two specializations: Educational Management and Pedagogy, and Evaluation and Assessment.
Secondary School Science Education (M.Ed.)
Graduate Program Director: Dr. Yehuda Roth
This program provides expert academic and pedagogical training in the fields of math, physics, biology, chemistry, and technology for secondary school teachers. It trains them to be expert teachers, skilled in curriculum development, and heads of science programs in schools.
This program of studies is intended to develop school teachers’ professional capabilities. Students in the program gain up-to-date knowledge and deep understanding, while acquiring effective study and teaching skills. Studies integrate theory and educational practice and provide a shared foundation for teaching science, technology, and mathematics, enabling a school-wide dialogue using language and concepts common to the entire science faculty. The program focuses on developing ways of thinking and teaching that emphasize scientific scholarship and enrichment within the discipline, while at the same time studying and gaining experience in various approaches to research in science, technology, and mathematics education, and developing educational leadership in these areas.
The program is for experienced teachers who have a bachelor’s degree in teaching science and/or mathematics in secondary school, are interested in professional and personal development, and aim to continue to improve their teaching, to advance to new positions, and to become educational leaders and department heads.
The program is built around two areas of knowledge: 1) Together, all students gain the broad educational-pedagogical basis necessary for teaching science, technology, and mathematics, studying in depth the world of concepts and terms that are common to all of these fields. 2) Each student chooses a specialization in secondary school education: mathematics, biology, physics, chemistry, or science and technology, in which the student gains up-to-date knowledge for his or her profession.
Elementary School Mathematics and Science Education (M.Ed.)
Specializations: Mathematics or Science
Graduate Program Director: Prof. Yair Caro
The M.Ed. program for teaching mathematics and science in elementary schools provides up-to-date knowledge in the field. The program helps teachers develop the skills necessary to teach students how to think, respond to diverse students, and
incorporate online teaching. The program promotes cooperation among teachers of mathematics and teachers of science, while emphasizing the connections between the two disciplines in everyday life.
The program’s objectives are:
- Promoting elementary school mathematics and science education that is based on helping students develop critical thinking skills and facilitating learning experiences that are relevant to the students’ lives.
- Developing methods for addressing the heterogeneity of the student population.
- Gaining broader and deeper knowledge of the discipline, on the basis of the most current research.
- Training teachers to develop curricula that are appropriate for students’ ages and cognitive abilities.
- Encouraging teachers to do research and to use their practical knowledge in developing theories of education.
- Developing teaching practices for creating positive learning environments, research projects, and problem-based learning.
- Integrating online teaching and using technologies appropriate for the elementary school.
Early Childhood Education (M. Ed.)
Graduate Program Director: Dr. Smadar Dolev
This program enables an open exchange of opinions and ideas, facilitates cross-cultural encounters, and creates an experiential learning space based on pluralism. Studies build on and enrich the knowledge students have gained from their experience in the field, while strengthening students’ critical thinking and reflection skills and developing a shared professional language. Students study up-to-date theory and research in the areas of educational content and pedagogy, curriculum development, and evaluation and testing. They also examine a wide range of developmental and educational approaches to young children (from birth to age six), and deepen their understanding of the young child’s ways of thinking and learning. The program focuses on working with parents of young children and early childhood education in a multicultural environment.
Graduate Program Director: Dr. Ayala Zur
This program is for motivated students with B.A. or B.Sc. degrees, who seek a career move into education and teaching. It is designed to attract a cadre of young, idealistic professionals into education, and help raise the level of teaching and leadership in secondary schools. It offers a master’s degree in teaching and a teaching certificate within two years. Specializations are: curriculum and learning environments, teaching gifted children, teaching children with learning disabilities, youth at risk, and marginalized children. Graduates are excellent teachers, with expertise in their chosen discipline, and advanced skills and knowledge in teaching and education.