Peace and Global Education Certificate

Department of Learning and Teaching

Program of Study


The graduate certificate in Peace and Global Education consists of 13 graduate units in both the School of Leadership and Education Sciences and the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies.


Core Courses (7 units)

EDUC 506 Global Peace Education Capstone 1
PJS 550 Analysis and Resolution of Violent Conflict 3
EDUC 589 Peace Education in a Global Context 3

Elective Courses (6 units)

Students must select 3 units from EDUC or LEAD and 3 units from PJS.

EDUC 504 International and Comparative Education 3
EDUC 599 Independent Study 1-3
LEAD 585 Leadership for Change 3
PJS 563 Nonviolence and Peace Education 3
PJS 574 Civil Society, Peacebuilding and Development 3
PJS 582 Transitional Justice and Responding to Mass Atrocities 3
PJS 588 Human Rights Advocacy 3
PJS 594 Interpersonal and Small Group Conflict Resolution 1
PJS 594 Spirituality and Peacebuilding 1
PJS 594 Deliberative Dialogue 1
PJS 599 Independent Study 1-3
EDUC SOLES Global Study Course 3

Frequently Asked Questions

How long will the program take me?

Typically students complete this certificate in 1 year or less. When pursued with the M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction, the total time to completion of both the M.Ed. and certificate will be around 2 years. The time to completion depends on the students' pace.

How many units are included?

The certificate consists of 13 units. When pursued with the M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction, the program of study is a minimum of 37 units total.

When are classes scheduled?

SOLES classes typically meet once per week at 4:00 p.m. or 7:00 p.m. for 2 hours and 50 minutes at a time. Classes in the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies (designated by the code PJS) may take place during daytime hours.

Can I work while completing this program?

It is possible to work full-time while completing this program since much of the coursework take place in the late afternoon and evening. However, some required courses may be offered on a daytime schedule which may require a flexible work schedule.

Is this program offered online?

No, this program is offered on campus at the University of San Diego only. There is no online, hybrid, or distance learning option available.