Professional Certificate of Restorative Justice - PDD1059

Professional Certificate of Restorative Justice

Professional development short course

Creating and maintaining supportive and safe learning environments

This course is about creating and maintaining safe learning environments and is designed for teachers, pre-service teachers and other educators. You will learn how to pro-actively create these environments while at the same time be responsive to incidents of harm and conflict that occur within these environments.

Teachers often name ‘classroom management’ as their most significant fear, and yet they have access to very few philosophical and practical tools with which to address this fear.  This course provides educators with guidance on how to use a restorative approach to build strong relationships in classrooms and specific processes that aid teachers in working with students through incidents of harm and conflict.

At a glance


The next delivery of this course will be in 2021 - further details will be available in December. Please contact us via the enquire online button to express an interest for 2021 or to discuss tailoring the course for group delivery at your venue.


5.30pm - 8.30pm


Evening classes of three hours per week over 12 weeks.

Independent study: Participants will engage in readings and practical activities throughout the program.


Clayton Campus


$1475 per person (GST free)

$1250 per person (GST free) for two or more participants from the same school

Please contact the Faculty of Education on 9905 2700 to discuss payment options

Topics covered

  • Introduction to supportive and safe learning environments
  • Relationship to self
  • Relationship to others
  • Intentional learning communities
  • Student voice and participation
  • The community outside classroom walls
  • Punishment and discipline
  • Restorative approaches
  • The necessity of conflict and dissent in the classroom
  • Responding to harm
  • Anti-bullying

Learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate enhanced professional knowledge and understanding of how to create and maintain supportive and safe learning environments.
  • Understand the philosophical, historical and ethical basis for various disciplinary and classroom management approaches, including restorative justice.
  • Use a range of strategies to support full student participation.
  • Apply practical understanding of the organisation of classroom activities and space.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of restorative justice as a response to conflict and/or harm and identify criticisms of this approach.
  • Apply restorative approaches within the classroom, both proactively and responsively.


This course is designed for teachers, pre-service teachers and other educators.

Please note that participants must be over 18 years of age on the start date of this program.


  • class participation and attendance (minimum class attendance is required)
  • group reflection
  • personal oral and written presentation of research project
  • written assignment

Participants may choose to submit work for formal assessment.


This course is aligned with the following Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST): 1.1, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 2.1, 3.1, 3.3, 3.5, 3.7, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 4.5, 6.1, 6.2, 6.3 and 7.3.

On successful completion of the course, you will receive a Certificate of Completion from the Faculty of Education, Monash University.

We recognise the course to the value of one unit of credit (12 points) towards further postgraduate study in Education. Please refer to our assessment and credit options.