Trauma-Informed Teaching Strategies for All Learners

(Grades PreK-6) / Flex Course

PDI Course Number: 147T02 / UCSD Course Number: EDUC42431

Course Description

Do you wish you had strategies to offset the effects of trauma in the lives of your students? This online course is specifically designed for teachers in grades PreK-6 who are looking to dig deeper into the principles of trauma-informed teaching and how effective strategies such as restorative practices, strengthening student-teacher relationships, designing a safe classroom, and encouraging pro-social behaviors can make a difference. Teachers are provided with thorough background information on the foundations of trauma-informed teaching, as well as a wide variety of strategies to facilitate the process of healing from trauma. The five core competencies of social-emotional learning are discussed, and teachers are provided multiple strategies to deliver social-emotional learning through a trauma-informed lens. Specific strategies that educators can implement within their own classroom environment to foster a culture of safety and encourage pro-social behaviors are also shared. Finally, teachers will learn what it truly means to embody the characteristics of a trauma-informed teacher and how to prevent secondary traumatic stress and burnout in their own lives by cultivating resilience and mindfulness. By the end of this course, teachers will be well prepared to implement critical trauma-informed practices to offset the effects of trauma in their students’ lives. This course is worth 3 ⅓ semester units/5 quarter units (50 hours of training) from University of California San Diego (UCSD) Division of Extended Studies. For detailed information on university credit, click here.

"I have enjoyed this course and all of the resources that were provided. It gave me a renewed feeling of teaching students with trauma and without, reminding myself that everyone deals with different events and how those events affect people is individualized. I appreciate the experience." - Dana Drysdale

Enrollment Options

Course Only

$120 with the discount

Course with Credit from UCSD

$304 with the discount

This course is worth 3 ⅓ semester units or 5 quarter units of graduate-level credit from UCSD.

You have up to one year from the date you are enrolled to complete a flex course.

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UCSD Course Number: EDUC42431
Unit One
  • Defining Trauma
  • Trauma in the Lives of Students
  • The Principles of Trauma-Informed Care
  • Assignment #1: Write an autobiography
  • Test #1
Unit Two
  • What is Trauma-Informed Teaching and Learning?
  • Trauma-Informed Teaching Pedagogy
  • Embracing Trauma-Informed Instructional Strategies with Social-Emotional Learning
  • Assignment #2: Article reflection
  • Test #2
Unit Three
  • Empowering Students through Restorative Practices
  • The Power of Relationships
  • Strengthening the Classroom Community
  • Assignment #3: Share your expertise
  • Test #3
Unit Four
  • Safe Classroom Environments: An Overview
  • Strategies to Foster a Culture of Safety in the Classroom
  • Whole School Model
  • Test #4
Unit Five
  • Supporting Pro-Social Behaviors to Offset the Effects of Trauma
  • Establishing a Classroom Behavior Management Plan
  • Strategies to Empower Students to Offset the Effects of Trauma
  • Test #5
Unit Six
  • A Portrait of the Trauma-Informed Educator
  • Secondary Traumatic Stress and Cultivating Resilience
  • Mindfulness Strategies for Educators
  • Assignment #4: Respond to classroom scenarios
  • Assignment #5: Course Reflection

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