Restoring Community

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When you are ready to register for your first course, your next steps are:

  • Create a Student Portal.
  • Complete an application for one of our programs.
  • Once accepted to the program, register for the course in your Student Portal.

You may register for one course, without applying, at our discounted Transparent Tuition rate by contacting Student Services after creating a Student Portal.

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Blended courses consist of an in-person professional development event followed by online instruction.

Depending on the timing of the in-person event, the online instruction sometimes occurs during a subsequent term.

First - Register and complete a professional development event near you.

  • Pay attention to the timing. You must have attended the event prior to the start of the graduate course.

Then - Register for the associated course in your Student Portal.

  • Call Student Services if you need support.

Applications are accepted year-round.

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

No GRE required.

Each student applying to our Master of Science program is given personal consideration. Please email all application materials (except transcripts, which must be official) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

We do not accept transcripts forwarded by the applicant. Official transcripts must be sent by institutions directly to the IIRP. Transcripts should be sent by:

  • Mail to IIRP, 531 Main Street, Bethlehem, PA 18018-5837 USA
    Our office location is temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 crisis; to expedite your application, please submit all documents electronically if possible.
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Admitted students must enroll within the academic year for which they have been admitted.

Note to international students:
Students from abroad may visit the U.S. on a tourist visa, if applicable, to attend the required in-person portion of our blended courses. The IIRP does not participate in SEVIS (Student and Exchange Visitor program).

Transfer Credits

Due to the specialized nature of the Institute’s programs, transfer credits will not be accepted, with the exception of IIRP coursework offered as ORLA 5340 and taught by IIRP faculty at the Summer Principals Academy, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, New York, which will be accepted until the conclusion of academic year 2023-2024.

Registration is open for Fall 2020.

View schedule for:

Fall 2020

Note about academic terms: Fall Term runs September through December, Spring Term runs January through May, and Summer Term runs June through August

Fall 2020 Course Offerings

Registration for Fall 2020 begins 06/02/2020.

IIRP graduate courses are three credits and consist of 42 hours of direct instruction delivered in-person and/or online. Courses with final exams have an additional three hours of instruction time. Students should plan to spend approximately two hours preparing for each instructional hour; this may include reading, research and other assignments.

Registration:  Course registration deadlines are posted under the registration tab of the student portal and are course specific. While the final registration deadline is one week prior to the start of a course, we strongly recommend completing the registration process no later than 30 days before the course begins.

Late Registration Fee: Students who choose to register after the applicable deadline will pay the Late Registration Fee of $25.


Foundational Courses
(online courses show start and end dates)


RP 500 Basic Restorative Practices

Credits: 3| Delivery mode: Blended | Course duration: 4 weeks (18 hours online) | Prerequisite: None

*Before taking this course, students will need to have attended IIRP professional development experiences:  Introduction to Restorative Practices and Using Circle Effectively (in-person) or Restorative Practices for Educators (online) and either Facilitating Restorative Conferences (in-person) or Restorative Justice Conferencing (online).

This course explores the fundamental principles, philosophy, theories, practices, models and skills of restorative practices. Special emphasis will be placed on proactive and responsive circles, restorative conferencing and the informal application of these processes. Issues critical to the development of restorative practices, such as models of human interaction, theories of behavior and current research will be considered. Students will assess the role of human emotion, especially shame, in social relationships.
500.01 Online Portion Wed Sep 09 through Tue Oct 06
Registration Deadline: Wed Sep 02, 1:00 pm EST
500.02 Online Portion Wed Nov 04 through Tue Dec 01
Registration Deadline: Wed Oct 28, 1:00 pm EST

RP 504 Foundations of Restorative Practices

Credits: 3| Delivery mode: Online | Course duration: 10 weeks | Prerequisite: None
Students in this course will learn about the foundations of restorative practices as an evolving field of study.  They will explore the emotional, relational, and ecological theories underpinning restorative principles, and the importance of engaging with others in equity-oriented relationships. Students will develop explicit restorative practices skills for application in their own personal and professional lives.
504.01 Online Course Wed Sep 09 through Tue Nov 17
Registration Deadline: Wed Aug 12, 1:00 pm EST

RP 525 Restorative Practices in Action

Credits: 3| Delivery mode: Online | Course duration: 10 weeks | Prerequisite: RP 500 or RP 504
or Attendance at Introduction to Restorative Practices and Using Circles Effectively taken after January 1, 2009 (in-person) or Restorative Practices for Educators (online).

Students will implement and evaluate a restorative practices project that builds on their previous experience. Students will acquire restorative skills through readings, lecture, self-assessment and an interactive online process.

525.01 Online Course Wed Sep 09 through Tue Nov 17
Registration Deadline: Wed Aug 12, 1:00 pm EST

RP 610 Evaluation of Research

Credits: 3| Delivery mode: Online | Course duration: 10 weeks | Prerequisite: RP 525 and either RP 500 or RP 504
This course teaches students to be knowledgeable consumers of research so that they can understand and critique what they read. Students will explore approaches, methods and techniques through online group discussion and readings of research that they choose based on their own areas of interest.
610.01 Online Course Wed Sep 09 through Tue Nov 17
Registration Deadline: Wed Aug 12, 1:00 pm EST

RP 680 Designing Restorative Practices Research

Credits: 3| Delivery mode: Online | Course duration: 10 weeks | Prerequisite: RP 525

Students in this course will develop skills and competencies to design scientific inquiry in restorative practices. Students will review research concepts and principles and explore research designs and methods appropriate for answering different types of restorative practice questions. Students will select a topic intended to advance the restorative practices field of study and conceptualize and design a research project. Students also will learn essentials of writing research proposals.

680.01 Online Course Wed Sep 09 through Tue Nov 17
Registration Deadline: Wed Aug 12, 1:00 pm EST


Electives


RP 506 Restorative Practices: The Promise and the Challenge

Credits: 3| Delivery mode: Online | Course duration: 10 weeks | Prerequisite: None

This course introduces students to a wide range of possible applications for restorative justice and other restorative practices in varied settings including criminal justice, education and youth services, higher education, social work and workplaces. Students explore the potential, as well as the limitations, risks and obstacles to restorative practices through reading, online videos, interactive online discussion and writing assignments.

506.01 Online Course Wed Sep 09 through Tue Nov 17
Registration Deadline: Wed Aug 12, 1:00 pm EST

RP 515 Restorative Leadership Development: Authority with Grace

Credits: 3| Delivery mode: Blended | Course duration: 7 weeks (30 hrs. online) | Prerequisite: RP 500 or RP 504

*Before taking this course, students will need to have attended the IIRP Professional Development experience: Restorative Leadership Development: Authority with Grace event.

An intensive group experience, this course will immerse students in a culture of restorative practices in class. The course will emphasize self-assessment of both personal and professional styles and growth in restorative practices. Students will also learn to facilitate and implement a professional learning group. Students will complete 30 hours of coursework online after attending the Restorative Leadership Development: Authority with Grace event.

515.01 Online Portion Wed Oct 21 through Tue Dec 08
Registration Deadline: Wed Oct 14, 1:00 pm EST

RP 550 Transforming Relational Harm

Credits: 3| Delivery mode: Online | Course duration: 10 weeks | Prerequisite: RP 500 or RP 504

This course explores a deeper application of restorative practices as it relates to emotion and harm. Students will use group process, emotional dynamics, compassionate witnessing and mindful practice to address a wide continuum of harm.  Students will explore neuroscience and how harm impacts the brain. Through the learning process, students will begin to understand how harm, human neuroscience and emotional experiences affect relationships.


This course requires participation in synchronous skill-building experiences with the instructor and a willing participant with whom to practice compassionate witnessing.

550.01 Online Course Wed Sep 09 through Tue Nov 17
Registration Deadline: Wed Aug 12, 1:00 pm EST

RP 556 Restorative Practices for Community Health and Well-Being

Credits: 3| Delivery mode: Online | Course duration: 10 weeks | Prerequisite: RP 500 or RP 504
or Attendance at "Introduction to Restorative Practices" and "Using Circles Effectively" taken after January 1, 2009 (in-person) or Restorative Practices for Educators (online).

Students in this course will learn about the synergy between restorative practices and the field of community health. They will understand how restorative practices can improve social factors that are known to influence health and well-being, including connectedness and belonging, personal and collective efficacy, sense of community, resilience, and flourishing. Students will learn how restorative practices can strengthen community health efforts by fostering meaningful and sustainable cross-sector collaborations and developing the community’s capacity to advance the well-being of its members. Individual plans will be created to use restorative practices to address these social determinants of health within a community of the student’s choice.

556.01 Online Course Wed Sep 09 through Tue Nov 17
Registration Deadline: Wed Aug 12, 1:00 pm EST

RP 625 Restorative Practices in Life Space Crisis Intervention

Credits: 3| Delivery mode: Online | Course duration: 10 weeks | Prerequisite: RP 525 and RP 500 or RP 504

This course focuses on the basic communication process in problem management and crisis intervention. Life Space Crisis Intervention, which helps individuals identify patterns of self-defeating behavior, is viewed through a restorative lens. Role plays of restorative responses facilitate an understanding of the process. Students will learn to apply Life Space Crisis Intervention with individuals in the moment of crisis.

 

This course requires participation in synchronous skill-building experiences with the instructor and a willing participant with whom to practice questioning skills.

625.01 Online Course Wed Sep 09 through Tue Nov 17
Registration Deadline: Wed Aug 12, 1:00 pm EST

RP 662 A Restorative Approach to Educating the High-Risk and High-Need Student

Credits: 3| Delivery mode: Online | Course duration: 10 weeks | Prerequisite: RP 525 and RP 500 or RP 504
Every classroom, whether mainstream or specialized, contains students who experience poverty, trauma, persistent adversity, addiction/substance abuse, neglect or other risk factors at some point in their lives.  This course goes beyond “behavior management” to focus on a restorative framework and techniques for instruction that meet the unique cognitive and emotional needs of these learners.
662.01 Online Course Wed Sep 09 through Tue Nov 17
Registration Deadline: Wed Aug 12, 1:00 pm EST



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