Master of Education in Trauma-Informed Education

Application Deadline: April 20, 2020.  Apply Today! 

The Master of Education in Trauma-Informed Education will provide candidates with an understanding of how childhood trauma, mental health, and poverty impact students’ ability to learn.   Candidates will also be equipped to establish trauma-sensitive practices in their classrooms to promote changes both school wide and district wide.  

Historically, educators and social workers train separately and do not have opportunities to collaborate and learn how both professions impact one another.  Current nationwide statistics show an increase in the prevalence of childhood trauma, mental illness, and poverty rates in PreK-12th grade.  The MEd in Trauma-Informed Education blends education and the helping professions to prepare educators, school counselors, administrators, and daycare workers for the diverse needs of students. 

This program is pending by SACSCOC approval.

Program Highlights

  • Learn about childhood trauma and how it can impact brain development, learning, and behavior regulation.
  • Learn about the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) study, and the implications for learning and long-term effects on America’s students. 
  • Learn about attachment and psychological disorders in children and adolescents and their impact in classroom settings.
  • Learn about the effects poverty may have on learning and how educators can create safe and supportive environments. 

100% Online Program

  • Degree may be completed within one year.
  • 100% online classes can be accessed anywhere, anytime
  • The cost is $480 per graduate credit hour and $2,880 per module. All courses are 3 semester hours except Action Research (4).
  • Designed to accommodate full-time working professionals
  • Prepare students to adapt and succeed in a rapidly growing field

Required Courses (31 credits)

  • EDU 500-Overview of Childhood Trauma 
  • EDU 505-Trauma Informed Practices in Education
  • EDU 510-Mental Health Informed Practices in Education
  • EDU 515-Living in Poverty
  • EDU 787-Action Research I
  • SOWK/EDU 520-Social Emotional Learning
  • SOWK 500-Child Maltreatment
  • SOWK 505-Attachment and Psychological Disorders in Children and Adolescents
  • SOWK 510-Impact of Society and Technology in Children and Adolescents
  • SOWK 525-Home, Community, and Classroom Partnerships

Online Graduate Program Schedule


Shirley Huisman, Associate Professor of Social Work.
B.A., Dordt College; M.S.W., Syracuse University; Ph.D., University of South Carolina.

Jennifer Dollar, Lecturer of Social Work
B.S., Carson Newman College. M.S.W., University of South Carolina

Jenny Johansson, Director of Teacher Education
B.A., Columbia College. M.Ed. Lesley University

Amanda Stefanski, Assistant Professor of Special Education
B.A., Queens University of Charlotte; M.S., University of Miami; Ph.D., University of Maryland


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