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Online: Masters in Education with a concentration in Restorative Justice in Education

Class Type:
$489 per credit hour
Next Start Date:
Summer 2021
Program Options:
MA in Education
Credit Hours
Years (Avg.)

Accepting applications for Summer or Fall 2021 enrollment

Making a difference in educational settings


Be empowered to transform your school into a healthy, respectful educational community equipped with restorative approaches to conflict and discipline.

EMU's restorative justice in education program offers a master's degree and a 15 credit graduate certificate option that can be tailored for K-12 teachers, administrators or other school leaders, community leaders, and social workers or school counselors. Along with a variety of electives, these can help you learn the skills you need to:

  • Promote positive student behavior and increase student achievement and attendance;
  • Replace suspensions and expulsions with strategies that work; and
  • Improve relationships and school climate while increasing instructional time.

MA in Education: Restorative Justice in Education (36 credits)

EMU’s Graduate Teacher Education program is proud to offer an interdisciplinary concentration in Restorative Justice in Education (RJE). Practitioners focus on helping teachers, administrators, and other school personnel to develop skills in relational and restorative ways of teaching and leading.

Program core (15 SH)

  • EDCC 501 Creating Cultures of Change (3)
  • EDCC 521 Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation (3) +
  • EDCC 531 Social and Ethical Issues in Education (3)
  • EDCC 551 Action Research in Educational Settings (3)
  • EDPC 611 Action Research Project in some area of RJE (3)

Concentration area courses (12 SH)

  • EDRJ 551 Foundations of Restorative Justice in Education (3) +
  • EDRJ 581 Analyzing Conflict in Educational Settings (3)
  • EDRJ 601 Facilitating Circle Processes (3) +
  • EDRJ 621 RJE Principles and Practices for Schools (3) +

Elective* courses (9 SH) 

9 Credit Hours to be selected from the following or other approved courses by adviser.

Ed (MA in Education) courses - Recommended Electives

  • EDDA 501 Fostering Resilience through School & Community Partnerships (3)
  • EDDA 571 Trauma, Restoration and Resilience in Educational Environments (3)
  • EDDA 631 Research in Risk and Resilience (3)

Center for Justice & Peacebuilding courses

  • PAX 533 Analysis: Understanding Conflict (3)
  • PAX 540 STAR: Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience (3) 
  • PAX 571 Restorative Justice: Principles, Theories and Applications (3)
  • PAX 615 Leading Organizational Change (3) (has pre-reqs)

MA in Organizational Leadership courses

  • MOL 600 Developing Healthy Organizations: Team Building and Collaboration (3)

*Decisions are made in collaboration with your academic adviser.

+Required as part of the graduate certificate program.

Courses are available in a variety of formats for practicing local and regional school personnel, community leaders, social workers, school counselors, international candidates, and persons serving in informal educational settings.

Learn more about the core curriculum of EMU’s master of arts in education.

Concentration Course Descriptions

Upcoming Courses  

The following online courses will start this summer/fall:

Summer 2021: EDCC 521 Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation Judy Mullet
Online Synchronous sessions via Zoom. Select either Section A, L, or O to fit your schedule.
EDCC 521-Section A - June 14-25, Monday-Friday, 9:00am-1:00pm
     or EDCC 521-Section L - July 19-30, Monday-Friday, 9:00am-1:00pm
     or EDCC 521-Section O - July 5-16, Monday-Friday, 9:00am-1:00pm

An introduction to the theories and processes of conflict transformation and peacebuilding within educational contexts.  Creating a culture of peace in education goes beyond solving problems.  The goal is to nurture peaceful, just and caring relationships within communities through active processes of tending, friending and mending.  As such, educators, nurses and counselors will examine educational systems and relational literacy approaches, as well as their own personal beliefs, conflict resolution style(s), relationships, communication skills, curriculum and instructional strategies, discipline systems and classroom organization processes.  Participants will learn restorative teaching approaches and conflict resolution strategies and develop culturally sensitive peaceable curricula (modeling integrated, infused, or direct instruction) for specific classroom, clinical or community settings.

Summer 2021: EDRJ 601 Facilitating Circle Processes (3 SHChristy Norment
Online synchronous sessions via Zoom, July 6-16, Monday-Friday, 9:00am-1:00pm
Explores the use of circle processes to build and sustain healthy learning environments in schools or other educational settings. Theoretical foundations and core assumptions will be discussed as well as different ways circles can be utilized to build community, resolve conflict, create safe learning spaces, and promote social and emotional competency. Participants, including educators, administrators, school counselors, or other school based personnel, will learn how to design and implement Circles in education related contexts. 

Fall 2021: EDRJ 551 Foundations of Restorative Justice in Education Kathy Evans and Aundrea Smiley
Online synchronous classes meet Thursdays 4:30-7:30 p.m. (EST) from September 2-December 16
Introduces Restorative Justice in Education (RJE) as a culture and a set of practices that are implemented to facilitate learning communities, supporting and respecting the inherent dignity and worth of all. Viewing RJE as a holistic approach, this course examines the three core components of RJE: creating just and equitable learning environments; nurturing healthy relationships; and repairing harm and transforming conflict. Class focuses on the underlying values of RJE and the foundational beliefs that guide RJE, and includes application of case studies and situations provided by class participants.

Fall 2021: EDCC 501 Creating Cultures of Change Don Steiner
Online synchronous classes meet selected Tuesdays4:30-6:30 p.m. (EST) with additional asynchronous instruction from August 31-December 14
Emphasizes concepts such as reflective practice, student centered learning, and processes for transformative change. Applying a constructivist perspective, participants will learn how to become meaningful change agents in classrooms and educational settings. Emphasis will be placed on integrating theory with practice as participants work through models of change utilizing their first-hand experiences within their own classrooms and educational settings.

Admissions Process


Applications are reviewed on a rolling admissions basis throughout the year. The Teacher Education Admissions Committee (TEAC) makes admissions decisions and annually reviews admissions policies. Note that a course may be taken before admission to program is granted. Complete the single course registration if interested in just one course.

Admission application procedure

  1. To apply, complete your application today.
  2. Provide evidence of one year of licensed teaching in a public or private school setting (preferred), or evidence of one year of successful work with youth in a public or private school setting pursuant to employment with a non-school entity (e.g., – a non-profit organization). This is required for admission and can be documented on the application in #1.
  3. Request official transcripts (not student copies) from the college or university you  attended showing your highest degree earned. The official transcripts should be sent by email to: or  mail to Graduate Teacher Education Program, Eastern Mennonite University, 1200 Park Road, Harrisonburg, VA 22802.
  4. Schedule an interview with the director of the program. 

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