I want to be certified or receive certification in restorative practices. Should I get a Master's Degree, a Graduate Certificate or become a Licensed Trainer?
These are very different but related options:
Our Master of Science in Restorative Practices is an advanced degree that will prepare you to make systemic changes in your work environment and community. This is our most comprehensive and intensive learning option.
Our Graduate Certificate will prepare you to become an expert practitioner in your setting. This program establishes a foundational understanding of how restorative practices work.
Our Licensed Trainers are qualified to teach basic restorative practices skills, from circles and restorative conferences to more informal everyday practices in their school or region using IIRP’s licensed materials and training scripts. The Training of Trainers event does not require enrollment in the IIRP Graduate School, but IIRP certificate and master’s degree holders are eligible to attend the Training of Trainers at no cost as an alumni benefit. You must attend one of our Training of Trainers events to earn a license.
All three options require you to attend our Basic Restorative Practices professional development event.
I am matriculated. How do I register for courses?
As a matriculated student your Transparent Tuition is already established in your Student Portal at the reduced rate.
In order to register for the in-person portion of a blended course – i.e., a professional development event or a conference – without making additional payment, Student Services will issue you a discount code to apply at the time of registration. This way you can select the professional development event that you want to attend and complete the registration on your own.
I have a payment plan. How do I register for courses?
Your monthly payments include registration costs for the professional development and online registrations needed to complete your coursework.
In order to register for the in-person portion of a blended course without making additional payment – i.e., a professional development event or a conference – Student Services will issue you a discount code to apply at the time of registration. This way you can select the professional development event that you want to attend and complete the registration on your own.
Do you offer scholarships?
We offer Transparent Tuition which allows for an 8% tuition discount for our matriculated students.
Can courses taken for the Graduate Certificate be applied toward the Master of Science degree?
Yes, all of the courses will count toward your degree. Should you choose to complete the Graduate Certificate first, all courses will apply toward the degree upon admission.
How soon can I start?
- Students who have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited U.S. institution, or the international equivalent as verified by World Education Services (WES), may matriculate at any time throughout the year and begin their studies almost immediately.
What is my first step?
- Let's get you started! Contact Student Services at 610-807-9221 or schedule a dedicated time to speak with us, using our Calendly app.
If I attended an event at my school or organization, does that count as part of the graduate course?
The IIRP and our licensed trainers are often invited to bring our professional development events to schools and other organizations for inservice trainings. If you have attended a full day of IIRP training, that may be a professional development event that is part of our graduate school curriculum and counts toward seat-time in our course work.
Please request a Certificate of Attendance from the instructor of the event to document the name of the event and the date of your attendance.
Then contact Students Services to see if there is an online graduate course that can be paired with your learning experience.
Can you tell me about transfer credits?
- The IIRP Graduate School focuses on a single discipline with pre-set courses tailored to a specific degree. Therefore, transfer credits from outside of the IIRP are not accepted. (The exception is IIRP coursework offered as ORLA 5340 and taught by IIRP faculty at the Summer Principals Academy, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, New York.)
- However, as an accredited graduate school, our courses have been recognized by other higher-education institutions, depending upon the requirements of the receiving institution.
As someone who lives outside of the United States, what are the travel requirements?
The only required in-person event is our Basic Restorative Practices four-day event, which can be taken in locations across the U.S. and around the world. Otherwise, you may complete all your coursework online. Other blended courses may be taken as electives.