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

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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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