If you’re looking to deepen your knowledge about restorative justice while learning new tools and techniques for helping victims and offenders in your community, you may want to consider a Graduate Certificate in Restorative Justice. A graduate certificate allows you to build credentials and learn new skills when you don’t have the time or money for a master’s degree.
The Graduate Certificate in Restorative Justice is for anyone who works with individuals or groups who’ve been affected by crime, violence or abuse. Whether you’re a criminal justice professional, educator, religious leader or community leader who is unsure how to help the individuals and groups you serve, this certificate may be just what you need to spark new meaning into your career. If you’re already working in the restorative justice field, the certificate can help you grow in your career as you develop new skills and gain a fresh perspective on your work.
Whether you’re a criminal justice professional, educator, religious leader or community leader who is unsure how to help the individuals and groups you serve, this certificate may be just what you need to spark new meaning into your career.
Topics covered in the program include human trafficking, community policing, juvenile justice, restorative justice programs for drug offenders and more.
The Graduate Certificate in Restorative Justice is a 12-hour program that can be completed 100% online or in a hybrid format. Courses are 16 weeks long in spring and fall and eight weeks long in summer. Certificates like these are just one way OU Extended Campus strives to create innovative, service-oriented solutions to help students attend school in a way that works for them.
While most students take two courses in the spring and fall and one course in the summer, your course load is up to you. You can discuss your options with your advisor.
Here are a few things you need to know if you’re considering the program:
You can complete the Graduate Certificate in Restorative Justice while enrolled in a graduate degree program, or you can apply for direct admission into the certificate program after earning a bachelor’s degree. Credit hours used to complete your certificate program can be applied to a graduate degree.
If you’re applying for admission to pursue the certificate, the admission requirements and process are the same as degree-seeking students. However, you can’t be admitted on a conditional status to a certificate program.
After being admitted into the program, you’ll complete 12 hours of coursework. Required courses are Ethical Decision-making for Criminal Justice (three hours) and Victimology and Restorative Justice (three hours).
You’ll also choose two three-hour electives. Choices include Human Trafficking, Community Policing, Juvenile Justice and more.
When you earn a graduate certificate from OU Extended Campus, you’ll gain valuable skills and bolster your resume with credentials from a respected university without the time and expense required for a master’s degree. You’ll also learn from top-notch professors while interacting with other students in online forums or on campus.
If you’re ready to transform your career with a more specialized understanding of restorative justice, or show employers you’re ready for a leadership role in your field, it might be time to pursue the certificate program.
Learn more by visiting our Graduate Certificate in Restorative Justice information page.