Mediation Certificates

Mediation Certificates

Two separate certificates of completion are available to students who are interested in mediation. One is the Mediation Certificate which is awarded to students who successfully complete PACS 4000 - Mediation and PACS 4060 - Practicum in Mediation and Dispute Resolution. The first of these courses introduces students to conflict management and the use of mediation in a variety of settings. The second course gives students an opportunity to gain hands-on experience by observing sessions conducted by professional mediators and to test their understanding of mediation by analyzing what they have observed. The Mediation Certificate serves as evidence that the student has completed the training contemplated by Texas law for court appointments as a mediator.

The other is the Family Mediation Certificate which is awarded to students who complete another course in addition to the two listed above. Students seeking this certificate must also successfully complete PACS 4010 - Family Mediation. This course addresses the advanced skills associated with mediating in divorce and child-custody disputes. The Family Mediation Certificate serves as evidence that the student has completed the additional training contemplated by Texas law for court appointment as a mediator of disputes relating to the parent-child relationship.

It is important to note that most successful professional mediators also have training in other areas such as law, accounting, finance, real estate, construction, psychology, or counseling. However, the skills acquired in these certificate programs are great preparation for any number of careers.

Beginning Fall 2014, the Mediation and Family Mediation certificates will only be issued to students who complete all of the required ADR coursework at UNT in Denton or at the Collin Higher Education Center. Students who have completed ADR courses at UNT Dallas prior to Fall 2014 are eligible to apply for these certificates.