Certificate Program in Peace Education


The Teachers College Peace Education Center (TCPEC) of Columbia University, New York was established to provide outreach, resourcing, and in-service education in recognition of the unprecedented dimensions and overriding significance of issues of security, war and peace, human rights and social justice, sustainable development and ecological balance in a world of violent conflict.  The Center conducts research, provides curriculum consultations, houses a resource collection, offers a certificate program in peace education, as well as apprenticeship opportunities for degree program students, and a series of colloquia presented by visiting international scholars and national leaders in peace education and the peace movement.  The Center also works in close collaboration with an international network of peace education centers in all world regions. Some of these centers offer parallel certificate programs, providing international study opportunities for those pursuing the certificate through TCPEC.  Others serve as the host institution for the annual International Institute on Peace Education , cooperatively organized with the TC degree concentration in peace education.


The Teachers College Peace Education Center offers an innovative certificate program in peace education designed for classroom teachers, teacher educators, school administrators, program officers of citizen's organizations, activists and church groups, professional associations and other constituencies concerned with issues of peace, justice, and sustainability. The courses provide a substantive basis and training in the pedagogy and methodologies of peace education. The certificate program is intended for non-matriculating students and designed for participants wishing to come to Teachers College for brief periods of study, or otherwise unable to undertake the two to four year duration of a graduate degree program.


The certificate in peace education would be awarded upon completion of five courses, four required core courses, and one selected from two to three special courses to be taught by international visiting scholars.  These courses are offered on a schedule of two courses per semester and four during the two summer terms.  All would involve substantive and curricular participation by staff from the Peace Education Center . The certificate program can be completed in the span of one year, and does not require continual residence.


Certificate in Peace Education Core Courses

The Pedagogy of Peace Education   

This course will offer a concise introduction to the history and theories of the international peace education movement and emphasize practical classroom teaching approaches in a k-12 developmental sequence.  Actual lessons will be demonstrated and materials offered as prototypes to enable participants to develop their own. A portion of the practical demonstrations will be offered in separate groups for elementary, middle and secondary grades.


Conflict and Peacemaking

This course will explore conflict approaches and processes with consideration of their impact toward peace, violence and social change.  Core concepts and pedagogy of peace education provide the framework for understanding sample materials and methodological demonstrations appropriate for elementary, middle and secondary grade levels.


Education for a Culture of Peace & Justice

This course offers an introduction to the international standards of human rights and other normative and conceptual attributes of a culture of peace. It involves participatory demonstrations of curricula and methods for education for social justice, human rights and tolerance in teacher education, elementary, middle and secondary schools.


Curriculum Infusion Models for Peace Education

This course builds upon the theoretical foundations of peace education, allowing students to explore theory and methodology for teaching peace through the traditional disciplines and curricular subjects including science, mathematics, social sciences, history, language arts and other languages.


Requirements for Admission

Admission to the Peace Education Certificate course series requires a bachelor’s degree, or two to three years working experience in a peace related or similar field.  Undergraduate students having completed three years of a four year program in peace studies may also apply. 


To obtain an application, or for more detailed information on the program, please contact the Peace Education Center at (212) 678-8116 or by email at peace-ed@exchange.tc.columbia.edu.  For registration to specific courses apply directly to the Center for Educational Outreach & Innovation at (212) 678-3987 or on the web at www.tc.columbia.edu/ceoi.   

Courses to be offered Fall 2002

Teaching About Conflict Processes: A Holistic Approach

(This course meets the requirements of the “Conflict and Peacemaking” core course)

Educational Planning in IED: ITSF 4094.010  CRN TBD.  Available for 2 credits, non-credit or 2.1 CEUs

Dates: November 15-16, 22-23. Fridays: 4:00 – 9:00pm .  Saturdays: 9:00am – 5:30pm [j1] 

Instructor:  Janet Gerson


This Conflict and Peacemaking core course will explore the spectrum of approaches to conflict toward prevention, resolution and transformation and how these are inter-related.   Core peace education concepts, values, knowledge and skills will provide a framework for understanding.   Specific methodologies and international regional lesson samples suited to elementary, middle and secondary levels will be provided.  Adaptability to students’ learning settings will be emphasized. 


Curriculum Infusion Models for Peace Education : Developing Peace Curricula for the Natural, Physical and Social Sciences

Educational Planning in IED: ITSF 4094.011  CRN TBD.  Available for 2 credits, non-credit or 2.1 CEUs

Dates: December 6-7, 13-14.  Fridays: 4:00 – 9:00pm .  Saturdays: 9:00am – 5:30pm

Instructor: Dr. Leonissa Ardizzone


This intensive course will build upon the theoretical foundations of peace education and allow students to explore theory and methodology for teaching peace through the sciences. Specific attention will be paid to applying peace concepts in the k-12 classroom incorporating the natural – biology and life science; physical – chemistry and physics; and social sciences – psychology and sociology.  Instructional design and pedagogy will be covered, addressing issues of state standards, mixed-ability classrooms and teacher anxiety.



Other Programs and Events Sponsored by the Peace Education Center


Please contact the Peace Education Center by email at peace-ed@exchange.tc.columbia.edu or by phone at (212) 678-8116 to receive notices about special sessions on timely issues and presentations by visiting international peace educators representing regions from around the world. 



International Institute on Peace Education (IIPE)

Since 1982, the Teachers College Peace Education Program, and now the Peace Education Center , has organized the IIPE which is hosted at universities outside the United States .   This unique collaborative learning experience offers educators the opportunity to share various global and regional perspectives on peace education.  IIPE 2003 will take place at Sabanci University in Turkey .  Participation can be on a credit or non-credit basis but does not fulfill any of the requirements for either the certificate or the degree concentration.  Teachers College students may register for 1 credit under ITSF4800.001, summer term to be announced.  Please contact the Peace Education Center for further details.


For more information about any of our courses, programs, or events, please contact us at:


Peace Education Center

Teachers College #171

Columbia University

New York , New York 10027



Phone:  (212) 678-8116

Fax:      (212) 678-8237

Email:    peace-ed@exchange.tc.columbia.edu