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Mediation & Dispute Resolution

The study and use of alternative dispute resolution processes has increased rapidly over the past two decades in the public and private sector. Courts, business owners, employers, HOAs, realtors, and universities as well as government agencies are using mediation to help improve working relationships, cut legal costs, and increase productivity.

The Mediation and Dispute Resolution Certificate is designed for those wishing to enhance their knowledge and practice of dispute resolution process, for people pursuing a career in dispute resolution, and those seeking to improve their communication skills for personal growth. The curriculum explores the history of dispute resolution and merges a theoretical grounding with a practical application of collaborative problem solving to offer a solid educational experience.

Completion of the program shows evidence to a prospective or current employer of recent professional-level training and development in this field for career advancement and/or salary increase purposes. Participants will receive Continuing Education Units for program courses completed and courses may fulfill continuing education requirements for specific professions.


Dennis Thompson

Dennis Thompson,
Mediation and Dispute Resolution Certificate Program

"I completed the Mediation Certificate Program at UTA in the fall of 2010. I chose this program because I liked the affordability of the courses and the fact that classes were offered over several weeks, which allowed me time for additional reading and study between sessions. Completing the entire Certificate Program gave me exposure to all types of mediation, i.e. civil, family, and workplace, as well as negotiation and transformative mediation training. Having been trained in each of those disciplines allows me to use a combination of techniques to settle civil and family disputes. I have now mediated more than 130 cases in the two years since I completed the program. I recently co-authored an article with Kay Elkins-Elliott entitled "Closing the Case" published in the fall 2012 publication of the Texas Mediator, a publication of the Texas Association of Mediators. Whether you are considering these classes as a pathway to becoming a full-time credentialed mediator, or simply enhancing your professional resume, UTA's program fits the bill."


Certificate Requirements

Candidates must successfully complete 4 required courses, 2 electives, and a practicum. The program may be completed in 18-24 months; however, candidates have three years from the date their first course ends to complete the program.

Mediation Practicum

Participants who complete the Basic Mediation Course are eligible to participate in the Mediation Practicum designed to bridge the gap between the classroom training and real mediations. Please contact Stephanie Broughton at broughtons@uta.edu or 817.272.2581 if you were completing your practicum at DMS or you need to set up your Mediation Practicum.

Required Courses
Civil Law and Mediation
40 hours
$389
Introduction to Negotiation
40 hours
$389
Basic Mediation
40 hours
$389
Transformative Mediation
20 hours
$330
Mediation Practicum

Two Electives
Advanced Family Law and Mediation
30 hours
$369
Mediation in the Employment Sector: Workplace Conflict
24 hours
$349
Advanced Mediation for Corporations
30 hours
$369

To further enrich your mediation experience, we offer these complementary courses:

New Category Icon Alternative Dispute Resolution for Appraisal Review Board Determinations
Want to get on the Texas Comptroller's Arbitrator Registry? UT Arlington now offers a course that meets the 30-hours of training in arbitration and ADS required for Texas-licensed attorneys, real estate brokers or salespersons, real estate appraisers, and CPAs. Click here to be taken to the course website for more information and to register.

New Category Icon Advanced Alternative Dispute Resolution for Property Tax Appraisal
And for those already on the Arbitrator Registry, this course satisfies the Texas Comptroller's requirement that renewals complete at least 8 hours of continuing education. Click here to be taken to the course website for more information and to register.

Upon successful completion of the required courses, electives, and payment of the non-refundable Mediation and Dispute Resolution Certificate fee, students must notify the Continuing Education office. After verifying the student's completion status, a certificate will be mailed to the student's address on record.

Currently Scheduled

Course NameMeetsBeginsEndsFeeNew
Mediation in the Employment Sector: Workplace ConflictM & W : 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM, 8 Sessions09/21/1510/14/15349.00
Advanced Mediation for CorporationsW & M : 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM, 10 Sessions11/04/1512/09/15369.00
Basic Mediation Weekend TrainingSu, F, Sa : F, 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM; Sa & Su, 8:00 AM - 6:30 P09/11/1509/20/15489.00
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Mediation in the Employment Sector: Workplace ConflictM & W : 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM, 8 Sessions08/29/1609/26/16349.00
Basic Mediation TrainingM & W : 6:30 PM - 9:50 PM, 12 Sessions02/01/1603/09/16389.00
Advanced Mediation and Family LawM & W : 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM, 10 Sessions03/21/1604/20/16369.00
Civil Law and MediationM & W : 6:30 PM - 9:45 PM, 12 Sessions05/09/1606/20/16389.00
Introduction to NegotiationM & W : 6:30 PM - 9:45 PM, 12 Sessions07/11/1608/17/16389.00
Basic Mediation TrainingF : 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM, 5 Sessions10/23/1511/20/15389.00
Alternative Dispute Resolution for Appraisal Review Board DeterminationsW & Th : 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM, 2 Sessions10/28/1510/29/15495.00
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Advanced Alternative Dispute Resolution for Property Tax AppraisalF : 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM, 1 Session10/30/1510/30/15195.00
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FREE Mediation and Dispute Resolution Certificate Program Information SessionTh : 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM, 1 Session11/05/1511/05/150.00

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Not Currently Scheduled

These courses are not currently scheduled, but may be offered at a future date. Click the course Title link for more information.

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