Restorative Justice Facilitation and Leadership Certificate

3 Courses
Online Fixed-Date , Classroom
35 Weeks

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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*.

* EDU-X786R is offered in person or fully online depending on which cohort you sign up with. Please check the schedule before enrolling to see which cohort is in the modality you are wanting.

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 [email protected].

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.


Course #Required Courses (9 Units)Cohort 008Cohort 009FEES*
Introduction to Restorative Justice: A Global Social Movement (3 units)
Restorative Justice for Campus Sexual Harm (3 units) only available for cohort 009
Jan 30 – May 14, 2024
Sep 3 – Dec 10, 2024
Sep 5 – Dec 12, 2024
EDU-X786RRestorative Justice Facilitation and Skill-Building Intensive
(3 units)
Jun 4 – Jul 2, 2024
Jan 13 – Jan 17, 2025
EDU-X787RRestorative Justice in Practice
(3 units)
Aug 27 – Dec 18, 2024
Jan 29 – May 7, 2025

C = Classroom; OFD = Online Fixed-Date. *Schedule and fees are subject to change.

Schedule & Fees

First Required Course Option – Choose One (3 Units)

Complete 1 of the following 2 courses 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
Online Fixed-Date
Justine Darling

This seven-module asynchronous online course introduces the history, philosophy, theory and practices of restorative justice. Participants will be introduced to the ethical framework that guides restorative approaches and a variety of applications within the criminal justice system, educational settings, and community organizations.

Restorative Justice for Campus Sexual Harm [EDU-X779R] 05 Sep 202412 Dec 2024 3 $1195
05 Sep 202412 Dec 2024
Online Fixed-Date
Kaaren Williamsen, Alissa Ackerman

This is the first of three courses in the Restorative Justice Facilitation and Leadership Certificate program offered to higher education administrators and staff that focuses on dealing with campus sexual harm misconduct policy and procedures.

Once you have enrolled in your course, log in to your account to access the course Welcome Letter, which includes directions on how to access the facilitated Zoom meetings, and directions on how to submit your final project.

Course Dates:  Thursday, September 5 – Thursday December 12, 2024 with Zoom meetings, Thursdays, 12:00PM – 2:00PM PT.  Please check the Schedule for meeting dates, as not all meetings are weekly, some are bi-weekly.

Courses – Required Courses (6 units)

All courses from this stream are required for completion of this certificate
Course Date Units Price
Restorative Justice Facilitation and Skill-Building Intensive [EDU-X786R] See Course Options 2-3 $1195
See Course Options
Classroom, Online Fixed-Date
Justine Darling

This course is an intensive skill-building workshop in restorative practices. The focus is developing facilitation skills necessary for hosting restorative dialogues. Participants will develop skills for both “restorative circles” and “restorative conferences,” two distinct and commonly used restorative practices. The course is highly experiential with intensive role play and debriefing.

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

This is an online live course that provides an opportunity to put theory and skills into practice. The focus is on implementing restorative practices through the development and delivery of restorative programs or series of facilitated dialogues. Students will propose a project, deliver it, and write a final report summarizing their success.


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.


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.


Enroll in this certificate program, by enrolling in the first course, EDU-X785R or EDU-X779R (choose one), offered each Fall and Spring term, to earn graduate-level extension credits. Online courses (EDU-X785R, EDU-X779R 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 that you prefer 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 ([email protected]) for advice about our program.

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Boost your career by earning Graduate-Level-Extension-Credit and position yourself for salary advancement at your school.


Professional development courses offered by the University of San Diego’s Division of Professional & Continuing Education are taught by faculty that possess a depth and breadth of academic and real-world professional experience.

Careers Outlook

Employment opportunities in the education field — including adult education — are expected to grow by almost 1 million new jobs by 2030 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). With so many new and emerging opportunities, adult learning institutions and programs are going to have to compete heavily to attract and retain the most talented educators.

This makes furthering your education and diversifying your teaching skill set all the more important. By growing your expertise in a wide variety of educational concepts, you will broaden your career prospects and become a valuable asset in any learning environment.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the requirements for completing a certificate program?

Requirements for completing a certificate can be found on the certificate page.

Are the continuing education courses transferable to a master degree program?

Professional and Continuing Education courses that are transferrable to a USD master degree will be stated on the course or certificate page. If you wish to transfer credit, it is your responsibility to confer with the receiving institution before enrolling, as each
individual academic institution decides whether or not to accept USD Professional and Continuing Education credit.

How long do I have to complete the Certificate?

You have five years to complete the certificate.

What are your registration/drop/refund policies?

Click here for complete details regarding our refund, drop and transfer policies

What if I can’t get into a course because it is full?

Prospective students can request to be placed on a waitlist. Should a space open up in a course, those on the waitlist will be notified. We encourage you to register early for courses.

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