Graduate Certificate in Restorative Justice

Restorative justice (RJ) practitioners work with those affected by crime, violence and abuse to identify or create outcomes that heal relationships while holding those responsible accountable for the harms that were done.

Are you a criminal justice professional, an educator, religious leader, or a community organizer feeling burnt out and unclear about how to really help individuals and groups that have been involved in harmful encounters? This certificate may be all you need to revitalize your vision and work.

Are you a restorative justice practitioner or an international transitional justice consultant? This certificate will help you reflect on your work and increase your knowledge and skills.

The certificate is 18 credit hours, which consists of six credit hours in conflict analysis and practice, six credit hours of restorative justice studies, and six credit hours of electives. The certificate can be completed in multiple graduate level courses taken through the annual Summer Peacebuilding Institute or through the combination of one semester on campus and one summer term.

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Curriculum for 18 hour Graduate Certificate in Restorative Justice:

  • PAX 534 Foundations for Justice & Peacebuilding I (or II – PAX 634 – with special permission, based on level student wants to work at and previous experience) – 6 credits
  • PAX 533 Analysis and PAX 503 Practice in SPI – 6 credits
  • PAX 571 Restorative Justice – 3 credits
  • Practice course (PAX 676 Restorative Justice Practices or SPI advanced restorative justice course) – 3 credits
  • Electives with advisor approval. Any CJP course can be beneficial depending on the student’s area of interest. Below are some suggested options – 6 credits
    • Online restorative justice courses (when offered)
    • Justice in Transition/Building Justice (in SPI)
    • Circle Processes (Fall; 1 credit only)
    • Organizational development courses (in SPI)
    • Community Organizing (in SPI)
    • Building Community (in SPI)
    • STAR (in SPI) or Transforming Trauma (Spring)
    • Philosophy & Praxis of Reconciliation (in SPI)
    • Nonviolent Mobilization for Social & Policy Change (Spring)
    • Mediation & Negotiation Skills (Fall)
    • Facilitation (Spring)
    • MA in Education RJ courses (especially for those wanting to work within educational settings)

What makes this program unique?

Unique features of the certificate program:

  • Degree is earned through graduate courses also taken by master’s degree students at CJP
  • Allows working professionals to continue working while completing their studies
  • May complement an existing graduate degree, or build on an undergraduate degree
  • Certificate is issued by Eastern Mennonite University’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding, a recognized leader in the field
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