Master of ArtsEducation Online (MAEd), Trauma-Informed Practices

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The Master in Education (MAEd) program prepares you to become a Teacher Leader in this field.

  • Master’s degree at end of program
  • Summer cohort start
  • Four semesters
  • 30 credit hours (10 courses)
  • Online and asynchronous
  • No GRE required

The Trauma-Informed Practices Education cognate-only program prepares educators to address essential components of trauma-informed practices, classrooms, schools and professional leadership.

  • 12 credit hours (4 courses)
  • The first course is offered each summer
  • One course is taken per semester
  • Rolling application deadline
  • No GRE exam required
  • 100% online and asynchronous

Career Pathways

  • Expert Teacher in Trauma-Informed Practices
  • Trauma-Informed Practices Educator
  • Instructional Coach
  • Informal Educator
  • Curriculum Coordinator
  • Curriculum Developer
  • Expert Counselor
  • Expert Social Worker

Trauma-Informed Practices Education Coursework

The Trauma-Informed Practices Education program is comprised of four courses which prepare educators to address essential components trauma informed practices, classrooms, schools and professional leadership. The courses, taken in sequence, are:

EDUG 675: Foundations of Trauma Informed Practices and Wellness

Course Description: This course content addresses the types of trauma and the influences of trauma on K-12th grade students –socially, emotionally, physically and academically. Topics include trauma’s effect on brain development, indicators of trauma in students, the impact of violence and other stress on learning, trauma stewardship, the risk of secondary trauma and burnout, tools for coping, and other strategies that support teachers. Exploration of resilience as a factor in responding to trauma is addressed. Additionally, practical application of teacher and student wellness strategies is explored.

EDUG 676: Trauma Informed Classrooms

Course Description: This course addresses the use of sensorimotor and affective (social-emotional) strategies to recognize, empathize and proactively plan for classroom level behaviors associated with K-12 students who have experienced trauma. In the course, candidates develop trauma-informed; behavioral practices, instructional practices, and approaches to build healthy, effective relationships with students, peer educators, caregivers and health care providers. Safety messages are applied to the classroom setting. Application of appropriate universal screeners at the classroom level is examined. Finally, practical application of student and teacher wellness strategies in the classroom setting is explored.

EDUG 677: Creating Trauma Informed Schools  

Course Description: This course is designed to explore research-based practices and systems to create a trauma-sensitive school. The course addresses characteristics of a school environment sensitive and responsive to trauma and toxic stress, staff development and professional support for teachers and staff, and the role of families and community partners in developing a trauma sensitive school. Practical application of student and staff wellness strategies in a school-wide setting is explored.   

EDUG 678: Advocacy for Wellness and Trauma Informed Care

Course Description: This course addresses methods for collaboration with colleagues to implement a trauma-sensitive lens in professional practices and school leadership. The practical application of teacher and student well-being strategies are reviewed. Candidates analyze an area of interest to improve professional practice with a trauma-sensitive lens. In addition, the candidate explores ways to advocate for the needs of students and the benefits of a trauma-informed environment.



All initial and advanced-level teacher education programs at Bellarmine University's Annsley Frazier Thornton School of Education are recognized by the Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board, and are fully accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation.


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Contact Information

Rosie Young, Ed.D.
Chair, Advanced Education, Graduate Programs