Conflict is pervasive in our everyday lives. As human beings we inherently have conflicting viewpoints on a variety of personal and professional levels. We must first understand conflict in order to effectively resolve it in an educational setting. This concentration is designed to build the confidence and capacity of learners to understand, analyze, and intervene in multiple conflict situations. Once you acquire this useful skillset, you’ll be capable of leading within your classroom, school system, and community more efficiently while positioning yourself for indefinite career success.
The challenge of addressing conflict is especially true in education because of multiple stakeholders involved at the state, federal, and district administration levels, as well as, school based colleagues and students. This concentration, combined with the core courses, will enable students to develop personal capacity to engage with intrapersonal conflict situations. Students will also be exposed to group conflict engagement and management skills that are applicable across a range of professional situations in education.
Required Courses (30 credits):
- Organizational Structures
- Research for School Improvement
- Ethical Issues in Education Administration
- Conflict Resolution and Consensus Building
- Negotiation and Mediation
- Consensus Building and Facilitation Theory
- Culture and Conflict
- Leadership, Identity and Development
- Education and Conflict Practicum A: Negotiation and Mediation
- Education and Conflict Practicum B: Facilitation and Consensus Building
For detailed curriculum, degree requirements, and course descriptions, please visit the AUM catalog.
In any career area individuals must interact with other individuals. Therefore, the ability to understand and engage in conflict situations enhances all other professional knowledge. It is essential to the fields of education, management, and human resources because of the intense, consistent, and sometimes high stakes involvement of multiple stakeholders.
This graphic was developed by Katie Mansfield and John Paul Lederach of the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies. It shows the general career paths of students in the field of Peace and Conflict Studies.
This concentration is also available as a graduate certificate only.