Graduate Certificate in Restorative Practices

The Graduate Certificate provides foundational knowledge in how to engage people to positively influence behavior and improve how organizations function. You will earn a credential that demonstrates your professional skill and bring added value to your workplace with the option to become an IIRP-licensed trainer at no additional charge.

Earn your certificate in less than one year.

Choose to get started with an online course or by attending a professional development that can be applied to hybrid coursework.

There is no application and no GRE requirement to enroll into this program. 

Our curriculum provides opportunities for learning, self-evaluation and professional growth. You will have the support of experienced faculty and an engaged student body exploring this new social science.  While you learn you will also develop a new network of professional colleagues around the world.

Personalize your program (4 courses/12 credits)

Theory and practice are introduced in two required courses:

RP 500 Basic Restorative Practices (hybrid)

This cornerstone course is a hybrid of four days of professional development (offered at a growing number of locations around the world) in which you directly experience basic restorative practices. This is followed by online study in which you examine the fundamental principles of restorative practices, including readings about human emotion and behavior.

RP 525 Restorative Practices in Action (online)

Restorative Practices in Action enables you to create a project to try out the basics of restorative practices in your own setting. You will refine your skills and enhance your understanding, while interacting online with a peer group of enthusiastic fellow students.

Electives broaden your knowledge:

Select two additional hybrid or online graduate courses to complete your Graduate Certificate. Electives will help you tailor your program to your interests, whether you are a teacher wanting to improve classroom management and academic outcomes, a principal charged with improving school climate, a counselor seeking to thwart bulling, a professional administrator honing conflict-resolution skills, a lawyer committed to restorative justice, or a civic leader working in a faith-based or community organization.  Our Graduate Certificate will help you improve your professional skills and provide you with a basis for further growth.

If you continue on and earn a Master of Science in Restorative Practices, all 12 graduate credits are transferred toward your master’s program.

Become a licensed trainer

While anyone who has attended the prerequisite professional development may attend the Training of Trainers, alumni of the Graduate School, both degree and certificate recipients, are eligible to do so at no cost. This is part of our commitment to extend a restorative ethos beyond the Graduate School and support our alumni in implementing restorative practices in communities around the world. The Training of Trainers is also open to experienced practitioners who want to learn how to deliver IIRP professional development events.

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