Restoring Community

 

Student-centered and learner-driven.

Graduate education at the IIRP will help you maximize the power of relationships, manage conflict and guide organizational change. Each course convenes a learning community, where you will engage with the subject matter, fellow students and faculty. Our students find their graduate experiences useful and meaningful in their daily lives: your knowledge and competency will grow throughout your studies.

We now offer the option to complete your degree fully online!
  • Blended and online coursework geared toward working professionals allows you to study where you live and work.
  • Tailor your plan of study to meet your learning goals.

A bachelor's degree or equivalent is required for all our academic programs.


Graduate Certificate in Restorative Practices

This program will help you establish a firm understanding of how restorative practices works to distinguish yourself as a practitioner in your setting.

Four courses:

  • Two required courses and two electives.
  • You may complete your certificate within a year.

All courses taken for the Certificate can be applied toward a Master of Science degree after completion.


Master of Science in Restorative Practices

This advanced degree will prepare you to make systemic changes in your work environment and community.

Ten courses:

  • Four required courses and six electives.
  • Supported by faculty and fellow students, course assignments help you put your learning into practice.

Most students complete the program in two to three years.

Thesis Option

We offer a thesis option for students in our Master of Science degree program who wish to expand knowledge of restorative practices by conducting original research. A faculty chair will guide students to design relevant research that can be completed within a one-year time frame.

Learn How to Apply

We practice what we teach.

Students have the opportunity to personalize their studies and focus on their greatest professional goals and challenges. Students learn through faculty-guided exploration and reflection, as well as through engaging learning experiences with their fellow students around the world. Our faculty are scholars and practitioners who enjoy teaching and learning with others most of all.

Educational Philosophy

The IIRP Graduate School offers graduate degrees and professional development programs that promote learning, personal growth and social responsibility among its students by integrating the core concepts of restorative practices in all teaching and learning activities.

We believe that every human being has intrinsic value, deserves to be treated with respect, is capable of changing and growing and is inherently motivated to learn. We also believe that learning occurs best within a participatory learning community with students actively engaged in their own learning and interacting with their fellow students, and that learning should not only build capacity for the future, but should address current problems and challenges facing individuals and society.

Graduates will be thoughtful practitioners, able to advance in their profession and committed to developing their own capacities through habits of exploration and reflection. They will be effective communicators and will have a well-developed capacity to engage in lifelong inquiry and learning. They will have an understanding of healthy interpersonal and organizational relationships and will work well with others in responding to new and unexpected challenges that arise in their organizations and communities.

Lastly, the IIRP Graduate School’s aim, as suggested by Albert Einstein in a speech in 1936, “is the training of independently acting and thinking individuals who, however, see in the service of the community their highest life problem.”

Serving the Mission

Our students' learning process is measured in every course, to ensure we serve our mission. Students will find that each course has a learning outcome and objective, linked with program goals, institutional learning goals, institutional goals and the mission.

Institutional Learning Goals

  1. Critical Thinking: Members of the IIRP learning community will analyze, synthesize and interpret texts, experiences, feedback and other information.
  2. Communication skills: Members of the IIRP learning community will write and speak well in different contexts.
  3. Self-Directed Learning: Members of the IIRP learning community will take initiative and responsibility to manage and assess their own learning activities.
  4. Ethical Awareness: Members of the IIRP learning community will identify and analyze ethical issues associated with restorative processes and the effect on others.
  5. Information Literacy: Members of the IIRP learning community will be able to locate, analyze and use information appropriately.

Master of Science Program Goals

  1. Verify knowledge and skill in restorative processes, from basic to advanced and from informal to formal.
  2. Analyze and evaluate history, philosophy, theory and significant research about restorative practices and apply it appropriately to area of concentrated study.
  3. Apply strategies for self-evaluation and professional growth in a variety of increasingly complex situations.
  4. Critique area of concentrated study as it relates to restorative practices.
  5. Identify a problem or problems within an area of concentrated study and determine a restorative approach to addressing the identified problem.
  6. Demonstrate proficiencies in technological capabilities and information literacy appropriate to the graduate study of restorative practices.

Graduate Certificate Program Goals

  1. Verify knowledge and skill in restorative processes, from basic to advanced and from informal to formal.
  2. Analyze and evaluate the history, philosophy, theory and significant research about restorative practices by completing various restorative projects.
  3. Apply strategies for self-evaluation and professional growth in a variety of settings.

Each class provides an intensive learning experience.

Courses at the IIRP include both face-to-face interaction and online instruction that offers you the flexibility of learning with minimal travel. Our participatory classes address all types of learning styles through readings, lecture, reflection, videos, role play, discussion, group exercises and case studies.

All courses taken for the Graduate Certificate can be applied toward your Master of Science degree.

Required Courses for Certificate Required Courses for Master's Degree Required Courses for Master's Degree with Thesis Option
RP 500 Basic Restorative Practices
or RP 504 Foundations of Restorative Practices
RP 500 Basic Restorative Practices
or RP 504 Foundations of Restorative Practices
RP 500 Basic Restorative Practices
or RP 504 Foundations of Restorative Practices
RP 525 Restorative Practices in Action RP 525 Restorative Practices in Action RP 525 Restorative Practices in Action
Plus 2 Electives RP 610 Evaluation of Research RP 610 Evaluation of Research
  6 Electives 4 Electives
  RP 699 Integrating Seminar RP 680 Designing Restorative Practices Research
  RP 685 Data Analysis for Restorative Practices Research
  RP 699 Integrating Seminar
  RP 707 Thesis Seminar

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View the Graduate Course Schedule.