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Online: Restorative Justice in Education Graduate Certificate

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 graduate certificate option that can be tailored for PreK-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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Graduate Certificate: Restorative Justice in Education (15 credits)

The following five courses meet the requirements for the graduate certificate in restorative justice in education.

  • *EDCC 521 Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation (3)
  • *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)

* Either course should be the initial course in the program. Certificate curriculum can be used towards the degree program should you decide to pursue your master's in education. 

Course Descriptions

Summer & Fall 2022

The following online courses will start this summer/fall:

Summer 2022: EDCC 521 Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation Judy Mullet
Online synchronous classes meet weekdays 9:00-1:00 p.m. (EDT) from July 11-22
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.

EDRJ 601 Facilitating Circle Processes (3 SHMartha Brown
Online asynchronous and synchronous, July 18-29, synchronous sessions via Zoom, 1-5pm July 19-22 & 25-29
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 2022: EDRJ 551 Foundations of Restorative Justice in Education Aundrea Smiley
Asynchronous and Synchronous; TBA
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.

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. Complete the Application for Admission to the Graduate Teacher Education Certificate Program
  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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Phone: (540) 432-4142

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