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Purpose
To prepare highly qualified smicha students for teaching positions in Jewish day schools and yeshivot across the country. The program offers candidates a unique opportunity to earn a Master of Science in education while earning rabbinic ordination concurrently. This program is an approved co-requisite for RIETS students.

Structure
Students in the Smicha Student Master’s Program pursue their educational studies in years three and four of smicha. Students in smicha take two night classes in the fall and two in the spring of their third year. They take two methods electives during the summer (available online). During their fourth year, students complete four more evening classes (two and two), along with PEP. Though the coursework is in the evening, PEP takes place during the day on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays in pre-determined school placements. Student teaching runs until 2:00 p.m., and students are free to attend Afternoon Seder from 3:00-6:00 p.m.