JWL professional certificate programmes are typically six-month programmes designed to equip participants with skills to fill needs in their local context. These programmes are certified by Jesuit and other mission-aligned higher education institutions.

 

Learning Facilitator

Learning facilitators are teachers, tutors, or any individual who desires to support the learning of others. Certified by the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, the Learning Facilitator professional certificate is six-month programme which prepares participants to facilitate learning in formal or non-formal classroom settings. It introduces accessible learning technologies that extend the reach of education, and trains the facilitators to integrate best practices of online and onsite learning, to create engaging learning environments.

 

The programme culminates with a final project and practicum experience in which participants apply sound educational principles and practices to meet an identified need within the community.

Course outcomes:

  • Understand the importance of learning facilitation, how to reflect upon and evaluate the Facilitator’s role to motivate, instruct, coach or lead the learning process.
  • Use instructional media and technologies to create learning experiences online and onsite with learning communities and learners.
  • Plan instruction so learners meet learning objectives by drawing upon knowledge of teaching and learning, as well as knowledge of their students and the community context.
  • Use multiple methods of assessment to engage learners, and the students they will teach, in their own growth to measure and monitor learning, and knowledge-based decision-making.
  • Understand and use a variety of instructional strategies to encourage active learning, questioning, and remembering at each of Bloom’s levels of higher understanding.
  • Appreciate individual differences and understand diverse cultures and communities so learners meet high standards in an inclusive and learner-friendly environment.
  • Encourage active learning with children, youth and adults without discrimination regardless of gender, ethnicity, language, culture, religion or learning ability.
  • Work with the learning community to create environments that support individual and collaborative learning, and that encourage positive social interaction, active engagement in learning.
  • Implement positive strategies to manage student behaviour.
  • Ensure the classroom environment supports learning through the physical arrangement, and the use of clear expectations with predictable procedures and daily routines. 

Course delivery

The course consists of the following five units:

 

  • Learning Facilitation
  • Planning for Learning
  • Teaching and Learning Strategies
  • Learning Differences
  • Learning Environments

During the latter half of this course, learners engage in a practicum. This 40-hour experiential learning practicum concludes the work required by the learner. As a competency-based programme, all learners are expected to achieve the learning outcomes.

Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt
The Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt (KU) is the first and only Catholic university in the German-speaking world. Located in the heart of Bavaria, it combines the advantages of being a small university with an international and interdisciplinary perspective.

Timeframe

This 6-month course is comprised of 480 hours of instruction and a practicum of 40 hours.

Youth Sports Facilitator

The Youth Sports Facilitator (YSF) professional certificate course, certified by the Catholic University of Eichstaett-Ingolstadt (Germany) or Metropolitan State University of Denver (USA), trains refugee and host community facilitators to create, manage and sustain a youth sports programme in marginalised communities (with an emphasis on forcibly displaced populations). It introduces participants to the fundamentals of planning, implementing and evaluating a youth sports programme focusing on the development of leadership, collaboration, fairness, tolerance, and responsibility for youth between the ages of 14-24 years in a supportive, fun and healthy environment. Facilitators will engage youth by bolstering their physical, emotional and psychological well-being, building ethical mindsets, teamwork, sportsmanship, and moral character.

 

Participants will learn how to build a sense of safety and security with a focus on protection, inclusiveness of gender, conflict management, psycho-social first aid, understanding referral pathways, and building cross-cultural relationships among youth.

The programme is available in English and Arabic.

Course outcomes

  • Demonstrate an understanding of youth development models, theories, methodologies and approaches for working with youth.
  • Explore the strategies of psychosocial first aid for youth to provide a safe, supportive and healthy environment.
  • Explain how sports can be used as a means for protection and development of youth
  • Examine how sports can be a vehicle to engage and develop character, self-identity, resilience, leadership, empowerment and cross-cultural relationships among youth
  • Develop a strategy to create, manage and sustain a youth sports programme
  • Develop and execute a project management plan
  • Develop skills to create a cohesive working team
  • Examination of personal values and experiences and as it relates to the creation of a youth sports programme
  • Describe an inclusive environment with a focus on gender, disability and LGBTQ
  • Foster community engagement through the development of individual and team youth sports
  • Explore approaches to conflict management and resolutions
  • Examine standards for minimising risk and injury prevention in sports

Course delivery

The course consists of the following 12 sections:

 

  • Introduction to the Concept of Youth
  • Project Management
  • Understanding Youth Issues
  • Getting Started with a Sports Program
  • Working with Young People
  • Building Psychosocial Support and Protection of Youth
  • Sports Approaches and Methods for Development
  • Injury Prevention and Minimizing Risk
  • Community Support and Communication
  • Managing Conflict and Building Peace
  • Sustainability and Program Evaluation
  • Presentation of Final Projects

 

During the latter half of this course, learners engage in a practicum. This 80-hour experiential learning practicum concludes the work required by the learner. As a competency-based programme, all learners are expected to achieve the learning outcomes.

Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt
The Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt (KU) is the first and only Catholic university in the German-speaking world. Located in the heart of Bavaria, it combines the advantages of being a small university with an international and interdisciplinary perspective.

Timeframe

This 6-month course is comprised of 480 hours of instruction and a practicum of 80 hours.
Metropolitan State University Denver
Metropolitan State University of Denver has transformed the lives of more than 90,000 people in Denver and Colorado through affordable degree programs, innovative public-private partnerships and a commitment to diversity.

Ecotourism

The Ecotourism professional certificate programme, awarded by the IQS Ramon Lull University (Spain), addresses the needs of communities all over the world to promote responsible tourism that allows the generation of income, while preserving the community's fragile resources.

Course outcomes

The programme provides both understanding and skills in managing ecotourism resources. It introduces the concepts and principles of tourism and ecotourism and the necessary knowledge and practices to design and promote sustainable tourism-related products and services.

The participants have the opportunity to practice throughout the programme with well-targeted case studies and onsite activities.

Course delivery

The programme is divided into 3 courses, spread across 24 weeks:

 

  • Course 1: Fundamentals of Tourism and Ecotourism: Demand
  • Course 2: The Supply and the Global Sustainable Tourism: Co-Creation
  • Course 3: Design Responsible Tourism Experiences

 

Students much complete all three courses to receive the Professional Certificate. Each course is composed of 8 Units and each unit has a study load of around 25 hours per week. including self-study, completing tasks and two weekly in-class meetings with a local facilitator. 

The programme is designed as a blended learning programme which means it involves both online learning and in-class meetings. Students participate both in a group with peers at their local community learning centre, and in a global community of learners as they will be studying in global virtual classrooms with students from other JWL learning centres across the world. 

IQS
The university's mission statement has two main purposes: Service to the faith, which combines Christian inspiration with academic independence. Promoting justice that develops a sense of solidarity and service; encouraging comprehensive sustainable development (in human, social and ecological term

Timeframe

This programme is divided into 3 courses, spread across 24 weeks/6 months.

Creative Writing and Design

The Creative Writing and Design professional certificate programme, awarded by St Joseph’s College Bangalore (India), equips learners with specific technical skills that will immediately increase their employability, notably their chances to work online or develop their own business.

Course outcomes and delivery

 This 6-month programme is divided into three 8-week courses:

 

  • Creative Writing introduces the participants to creative writing, to enable them to express their thoughts and plans creatively with text.
  • Graphic Design is an overview of the graphic design field. It introduces the participants to expressing their ideas and messages graphically with attractive visuals and appealing designs.
  • Through Web Design, the participants will move one step further and learn how to create their own websites, blogs and other engaging content with a corporate style, combining written and graphical creations.
St Joseph's College
St Joseph's College (Autonomous), Bangalore, is one of the oldest colleges in the state of Karnataka with a history of more than 136 years. It has been conferred College of Excellence by the University Grants Commission (India).

Timeframe

This 6-month programme is divided into three 8-week courses.

eCommerce

In an increasingly connected world where the importance of the internet continues to grow and influence business, the eCommerce course (certified by St Joseph’s College, Bangalore, India) prepares participants to engage in this dynamic environment.

Course outcomes & delivery

After having completed the course you will:

 

  • Understand the qualities of an effective Web business process.
  • Understand Web marketing approaches and elements of branding.
  • Explain the concepts underlying accounting, record of finance statements, Non-profit Organisation.
  • Use information to support business processes and practices, such as problem analysis and decision making.
  • Understand various Business opportunities, Entrepreneurship as Innovation and Problem Solving.
  • Understand Business Arithmetic and Resource Mobilisation

This 6-month programme consists of three courses of 2 months/8 weeks each:

 

  • E Commerce course
  • Accounting course
  • Entrepreneurship course
St Joseph's College
St Joseph's College (Autonomous), Bangalore, is one of the oldest colleges in the state of Karnataka with a history of more than 136 years. It has been conferred College of Excellence by the University Grants Commission (India).

Timeframe

This 6-month programme consists of three courses of 2 months/8 weeks each.

eEducation Tools

The eEducation Tools programme enables participants to improve their teaching by using digital teaching methods which work even in contexts with unstable power supply and internet connection. Over eight weeks, the course participants will get to know different teaching methods and their implementation along with digital tools. The focus is on the parallel, direct implementation of what has been learned in order to make the students' learning more effective and sustainable for their teaching practice. The course therefore introduces tools and focuses on the direct testing of what has been learned in practice.

Course outcomes

After having completed the course you will be able to...

  • explain the purpose of the lesson phases and the most important aspects of each phase.
  • schedule an engaging lesson according to the lesson phases model.
  • apply an engaging method for each lesson phase in your own lessons.
  • know various digital tools and their use cases which can be used in your lessons.
  • design digital activities according to the needs of your learners.
  • create a digital communication concept for your lessons by using several communication tools.
  • produce interactive digital learning materials.
  • evaluate the ideal mix of methods and tools for your lessons.

Course delivery

The following units will be covered over eight weeks:

  • Unit 01: Basic concepts in digital learning environments
  • Unit 02: Getting a lesson started, raising interest and checking previous knowledge
  • Unit 03: Communication in digital learning environments
  • Unit 04: Content presentation & independent working methods
  • Unit 05: Deepen the knowledge
  • Unit 06: Initiate reflection on the learning process
  • Unit 07: Flexible use & analysis of eEducation tools
  • Unit 08: Toolbox - eEducation tools
Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt
The Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt (KU) is the first and only Catholic university in the German-speaking world. Located in the heart of Bavaria, it combines the advantages of being a small university with an international and interdisciplinary perspective.

Timeframe

Eight units are covered over a period of 2 months (eight weeks).

Creighton English Teacher Training

The Creighton GEL Teacher Training certificate course introduces students to methodologies for teaching English as an International Language (EIL) to speakers of other languages. Through course readings, discussions, lectures and reflection, students examine the beliefs and principles of a Jesuit education. They learn about different English teaching theories and methods, curriculum development, how to teach the different language areas (speaking, listening, reading, writing, grammar and vocabulary) effectively, classroom management, use of technology and how to create a student-centred classroom.  The primary purpose of the course is to prepare new TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) teachers and provide professional development for experienced TESOL teachers in the international English classroom.

Course outcomes and delivery

  • Discuss the spread and impact of English and the forces (political, social, economic) that contribute to the continued globalisation of English today.
  • Identify ideology, culture, and theory in curricular products.
  • Match English language instruction to student needs.
  • Understand different English teaching theories and methods, curriculum development and classroom management.
  • Understand how to effectively teach the different language areas (speaking, listening, reading writing, grammar and vocabulary).
  • Use relevant existing technology to facilitate learning.
  • Design instruction according to research on effective TESOL pedagogy.
  • Students learn together globally in the virtual classroom and in smaller online discussion groups. Course facilitators all possess at least a Masters degree in teaching English, with several years’ experience teaching English to non-native speakers at university level both in the United States and other countries around the world.
Creighton University
Creighton’s nine schools and colleges, which include multiple health sciences degree programs, deliver a powerful education and have partnerships with many international organizations such as JWL. Creighton is the first Jesuit university to offer online BA and BS scholarships for degree completion f

Timeframe

This 8-month course is comprised of 150 hours of instruction.

Peace Leader

The Peace Leader professional certificate course, certified by Hekima University College (Kenya) is an applied, 6-month blended learning introduction to the role and practices of a peace leader. The programme endeavours to integrate selected best practices from peace and leadership studies. As peace leaders in training, students will examine and practise personal and communal skills and values that are foundational for nurturing a culture of peace. The course is designed around three core themes of Self-awareness and Cultural awareness; Conflict resolution and reconciliation; and Servant-leadership. Each theme is presented with theory and applied exercises designed to enhance the student’s awareness, skill, and familiarity with foundational methods and practices for Peace Leader development. The programme culminates with a final project in which students apply Peace Leader principles and practices to address a collective concern within a local community.

Course outcomes

  • Assess and identify the cultural context in which conflict exists
  • Articulate the values of a Peace Leader
  • Demonstrate skills for self-awareness practices in peace leadership
  • Evaluate the issues within the conflict for possible resolution
  • Determine possible resolutions, and models for change
     
  • Use conflict analysis tools and skills
  • Identify resources needed to carry out resolve conflicts
  • Provide guidance and strategic planning to mitigate the existence of conflict
  • Develop coaching, mediation and conflict resolution skills

Course delivery

The course consists of the following four units:

 

  • Introduction to Peace Leaders in Training
  • Self-care and Conflict Coaching as a Peace Leader
  • Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation
  • Forming an Integrative Peace Leader Disposition

 

During the latter half of this course, learners engage in a practicum. This 40-hour experiential learning practicum concludes the work required by the learner. As a competency-based programme, all learners are expected to achieve the learning outcomes.

Hekima University College
Hekima College aims to enhance intellectual formation, dynamism and action-oriented education in the search for constructive social change and peace through instruction, policy research, conflict monitoring, advocacy and publication.

Timeframe

This 6-month course is comprised of 480 hours of instruction and a practicum of 40 hours.

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