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Post-Baccalaureate Certificate 
in Trauma-Informed 
Educational Practices 

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Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Trauma-Informed Educational Practices

Kids experiencing trauma are more likely to fall behind in class, get into trouble, or exhibit behavior issues. Trauma-informed teaching promotes an understanding and support of the whole student, helping create a positive learning environment, better student engagement, and improved academic outcomes.

You’ll explore the fundamentals and motivations behind a trauma-informed approach to education, how trauma manifests in different populations, specific trauma-informed strategies for the classroom, and practices for strengthening resilience among both students and educators.

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Admission Requirements 

A baccalaureate degree or higher from an accredited college or university.


For the Post-Baccalaureate certificate in Trauma-Informed Educational Practices, you must complete four courses and 12 credit hours. The estimated time needed to complete this certificate is 9 months.

Course Details

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In this foundational course about trauma-informed educational practices, you’ll explore trauma from your own individual experience and perspective, as well as the collective perspectives held by our society. Part of the foundations you’ll examine include the differences in how children and adults respond to trauma, and how different types of trauma manifest in learners, instructors, and administrators across multiple educational environments. You’ll also consider which behaviors and dispositions might reflect underlying trauma, and the principles that can guide appropriate responses.

This course examines the different educational settings in which trauma can occur or manifest among different populations. You’ll consider issues of diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice as you investigate specific groups that are more likely to experience trauma and identify practices that can minimize the risk of secondary trauma. You’ll also explore the impact of trauma within specific educational settings, paying particular attention to those educational practices that can exacerbate trauma.

This course studies the intersection of social-emotional development and trauma-informed educational practices that support a nurturing environment for educators and learners alike. This examination will include specific classroom elements, the language used by educators as they interact with students, and the content of curriculum and other instructional materials. The course teaches how to modify instructional strategies to align with trauma-informed educational practices, and it recommends instructional tools to support learners who may have been exposed to trauma. You’ll also learn effective techniques for de-escalating behaviors that may be rooted in trauma.

In this course, you’ll explore how the general concepts of individual and community resilience relate to broader trauma-informed practices across different educational settings. Understanding this relationship includes comparing the theoretical foundations of resilience and strengths-based approaches to teaching, training, and learning. You’ll interpret characteristics that reflect resilience, explore how self-care can strengthen resilience, and recommend instructional strategies that strengthen resilience among learners. You’ll also examine some challenges to resilience from the perspectives of educational equity and social justice.

Learning Outcomes

Students earning the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Trauma-Informed Educational Practices will learn to:

  • Apply the concepts and practices of early childhood education
  • Effectively communicate and conduct sound, open-minded research
  • Address educational issues critically and reflectively
  • Create solutions to problems based on knowledge, research, critical thinking skills, and collaboration
  • Respect diverse cultures and backgrounds
  • Demonstrate a commitment to the highest ethical and professional standards through accreditation
  • Foster effective discussion of theoretical problems within the educational profession
  • Nurture a commitment to life-long learning

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