Restorative Justice Facilitation and Leadership Certificate

3 Courses
9 Units
Online Fixed-Date , Classroom
35 Weeks

Become a Restorative Justice Leader by Developing Skills to Put Into Practice

Restorative justice is a global social movement with growth in a variety of settings including K-12 schools, higher education institutions, workplaces, community organizations, and criminal justice agencies. There is a growing need for skilled practitioners who understand the philosophical underpinnings of restorative justice, its varied applications, and self-reflective, nuanced practice. The certificate combines an academic understanding of restorative justice with experiential learning to ensure skillful facilitation.

This three-course certificate provides a comprehensive introduction to restorative justice facilitation and leadership through both online coursework and a skill-building intensive workshop held at the University of San Diego’s campus*.

*An online version of EDU-X786R will be offered during the 006 cohort. Cohort 006 begins January 2023 with EDU-X785R-006.

The Restorative Justice Facilitation and Leadership Certificate is offered by the USD Center for Restorative Justice, housed in the Leadership Studies Department in the School of Leadership and Education Sciences and facilitated by the Division of Professional and Continuing Education. The certificate is designed for professional practice with the goal of building a new generation of restorative justice leaders.

Click here for more information on scholarships available for the next term. Any questions about the scholarship program can be directed to Justine Andreu Darling at jdarling@sandiego.edu.

Certificate Requirements

Complete the requirements below to earn a professional certificate in Restorative Justice Facilitation and Leadership. The certificate can be completed in less than 9 months. Read Certificate Benefits and Policy.

COHORT SCHEDULE

Course #Required Courses (9 Units)DurationFall 2022 Cohort 005Spring 2023 Cohort 006Fall 2023 Cohort 007
EDU-X785RIntroduction to Restorative Justice: A Global Social Movement
(3 units)
14 weeksOFD
Aug 30 – Dec 12, 2022
OFD
Jan 31 – May 15, 2023
OFD
Aug 29 – Dec 11, 2023
EDU-X786RRestorative Justice Facilitation and Skill-Building Intensive
(3 units)
6 weeks (OFD)
or 5 days (C)
check section for
duration and format
C
Jan 9 – 13, 2023
(5 days)
OFD
Jun 14 – Aug 2, 2023
C
Jan 8 – 12, 2024
EDU-X787RRestorative Justice in Practice
(3 units)
15 weeksOFD
Feb 1 – May 14, 2023
OFD
Aug 30 – Dec 13, 2023
OFD
Jan 31 – May 15, 2023

C = Classroom; OFD = Online Fixed-Date

Schedule & Fees

Courses – Enroll in Individual Courses, or Earn a Certificate with Required Courses (9 units)

All courses from this stream are required for completion of this certificate
Course Date Units Price
Introduction to Restorative Justice: A Global Social Movement [EDU-X785R] See Course Options 3 $1195
See Course Options
3
$1195
Online Fixed-Date
Justine Darling

Online course for professional practice with a goal for building a new generation of restorative justice leaders in K-12 and higher education, business, and the correctional system, that focuses on the Restorative Justice philosophy and practice.

Restorative Justice Facilitation and Skill-Building Intensive [EDU-X786R] See Course Options 3 $1195
See Course Options
3
$1195
Classroom, Online Fixed-Date
Justine Darling

Course for professional practice with a goal for building a new generation of restorative justice leaders in K-12 and higher education, business, and the correctional system, that focuses on the Restorative Justice facilitation and skill-building with the use of dialogue, held at the University of San Diego’s campus.

Restorative Justice in Practice [EDU-X787R] See Course Options 3 $1195
See Course Options
3
$1195
Online Fixed-Date
Justine Darling

Online course for professional practice with a goal for building a new generation of restorative justice leaders in K-12 and higher education, business, and the correctional system, that focuses on implementing Restorative Justice leadership skills learned in previous courses.

$3,585

Learning Method Information

Online Fixed-Date

Online Fixed-Date: Online fixed-date courses offer a convenient, yet rigorous style of learning that enables you to collaborate with your instructor and other students in a shared, online learning environment. These courses have fixed start and finish dates, but as an online student you will have 24/7 online access to your classroom assignments, syllabus and course resources. Our online fixed-date courses allow you to work on your assignments anytime, although you are required to complete the assignments by specific dates.

How is the learning structured? In an online fixed-date course, you and your classmates will proceed through the curriculum together, collaborating in a shared learning experience. Each online fixed-date course is asynchronous, meaning that you can work on your assignments anytime, although required to complete the assignments by specific dates. The course is designed with learning modules where all of the content is grouped into weekly assignments. Each module covers one or more topics. Within each of the learning modules, you can expect the following components:

  • Module introduction that outlines what you can expect to learn in the module.
  • Required readings (textbook, articles, journals, etc.) and presentations (audio and/or video).
  • Assignments with due dates (which may include: written assignments, journal entries, research, blogs, etc.) based on the readings and presentations.
  • Discussion forum where you answer prompts from the instructor and interact with your classmates.
  • Module conclusion to review the topics and what you should have learned.
  • Typically, there is a final project, paper, or exam due in the last module that culminates all of the topics covered in each of the learning modules. You’ll find that the design of the learning modules has a rhythm to help you manage your time in the course.

Classroom

These on-campus courses are offered in a traditional classroom where you can connect with your instructor and classmates in a live setting. This learning environment facilitates communication in real time, enables immediate feedback and fosters face-to-face interaction with the instructor and classmates. Classroom courses have a scheduled start and finish date, and students are expected to attend all course sessions.

Curriculum

Enroll in this certificate program, by enrolling in the first course, EDU-X785R, offered each semester, to earn graduate-level extension credits. Online courses (EDU-X785R and EDU-X786R) are typically scheduled each semester. EDU-X786R is currently offered in both online and in-person, one week intensive face-to-face workshop that spans five days, held at the University of San Diego campus typically in January.  Check each cohort before signing up, for the instructional format for EDU-X786R and the dates, as they vary.

What You Will Learn

Who Should Attend

This certificate program is for people wishing to deepen their understanding of restorative justice, become skillful restorative facilitators, and lead efforts to implement Restorative Justice programs and policies.  This includes K-12 educators, and those working for higher education institutions, workplaces, community organizations, and criminal justice agencies. There is a growing need for skilled practitioners who understand the philosophical underpinnings of restorative justice, its varied applications, and self-reflective, nuanced practice.

The courses in this certificate program receive graduate-level extension credits from the University of San Diego.  These credits are designed for professional growth and salary advancement (if applicable) and are not accepted toward a degree program at the University of San Diego.  USD Undergraduate/Graduate Students:  If you are interested in taking graduate-level courses in Restorative Justice to be applied toward a USD degree program, please contact the Center for Restorative Justice for more information.

To receive information on USD’s Center for Restorative Justice and receive email notifications, please visit the Center for Restorative Justice.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to regulations from the U.S. Department of Education, the University of San Diego is unable to enroll students in its online programs who reside in Alabama, Arkansas, District of Columbia, Georgia, Iowa, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Rhode Island, and Wisconsin. If you are from one of these states/districts, please contact Professor Justine Darling (jdarling@sandiego.edu) for advice about our program.

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What type of credit am I earning?

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I need more time to finish my Self-Paced course, what do I do?

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