Award Type and NFQ level : CERTIFICATE LEVEL 9

CAO/PAC code : MH77M

CAO Points :

Closing Date : 30 June 2018

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This Post Graduate Certificate is designed to meet the learning needs of mediators who want to deepen their knowledge and skills for practice in the education sector.

This highly interactive and integrated programme explores how theory applies to practice. Students develop skills through presentations, exercises and role-play. This enables the mediator to integrate their career experience and abilities with mediation and conflict intervention practice.

It prepares mediators for the demanding work of facilitating the resolution of interest based conflict as it arises in education settings.  Students’ complete two modules from five listed below depending on learning needs. Choices will be made in collaboration with the course director. 

From September depending on modules chosen.

  • A primary degree in any subject
  • A written Personal Statement
  • References from two referees
  • Interview

Applicants must have a recognized primary degree which is considered equivalent to Irish university primary degree level.

Applicants without a primary degree may be considered if they have a Maynooth University Diploma in Mediation and Conflict Intervention OR if they have all of the following:

A Certified Mediation Training and a Mediation Competency Assessment (Accredited by the Mediators Institute of Ireland or equivalent)

An extensive career portfolio of at least 10 years in total including at least three years practicing as a mediator

Minimum English language requirements: please visit Maynooth University International Office website for information about English language tests accepted and required scores. The requirements specified are applicable for both EU and non-EU applicants.

National University of Ireland Maynooth's TOEFL code is 8850

Indicators of the module content are list below.

MC615: Mediation Knowledge & Practice: This module is designed to provide knowledge and skills in conflict resolution and mediation. It is compulsory for those students who have not already obtained appropriate certification as a mediator. The Mediators Institute Ireland (MII) has approved this module as a Certificate Training for mediators. It is a highly interactive and integrated programme bringing together the essential knowledge skills and attitudes for the demanding work of facilitating the resolution of emotion and interest based conflict.

Conflict Resolution in Education (MC611): This module covers aspects of conflict resolution in education from skills learning in the classroom through to organizational dispute resolution for schools. Students gain an understanding of the different models of conflict resolution in education and learn how to apply them. Students will learn how to develop conflict resolution education programmes in an educational setting and to analyse conflict and create relevant interventions.

Restorative Practice in Schools (MC616)  This module delivers knowledge and skills students to work restoratively in the school community and with the wider community and families. The programmes focus is on transformative learning relationships with students, parents, staff, Boards of Management and the wider society. Students learn through presentations, discussion, skills practice and critically analysing the principles, theories and philosophy of a restorative approach. A whole school methodology is taken in partnership with members of the school community while also focusing on the transference of these skills to the family and wider community.

Mediation Theory & Conflict Analysis (MC601): Dynamics of conflict, ideologies shaping conflict resolution, processes of negotiation, conciliation and mediation, conflict interveners role, functions and skills, the many ways of intervention, communication in conflict, mediation: art or science, theory informed practice and ideological perspectives.

Values And Relationship In Conflict Intervention (MC606): Core principles guiding mediation practice, problem solving mediation, transformative mediation, conflict coaching, reflective practice, ethical debates.

Course Duration: 1 or 2 years Part-time

Graduates from this programme can expect to use their enhanced mediation knowledge and skills to improve their performance in their current employment with many introducing new concepts to make changes in their own organisation’s approach to conflict. This programme is accredited as two modules of the Masters in Mediation & Conflict Intervention.

Online application only

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Late applications  may be considered if there are places remaining on the course.

The following documents should be forwarded to PAC, 1 Courthouse Square, Galway or uploaded to your online application form:

Certified copies of all official transcripts of results for all non-Maynooth University qualifications listed MUST accompany the application. Failure to do so will delay your application being processed. A written Personal Statement from the applicant and references from two referees are also required. Non-Maynooth University students are asked to provide a copy of birth certificate or valid passport.


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