Trauma and Resilience (Course Highlight)

Change the course of a student’s life

Support students affected by trauma with a Master’s in Trauma and Resilience from Concordia University

Trauma isn’t diagnosed by a single, clearly defined symptom. And it can come from any type of event — divorce, a medical procedure, and bullying are only a few examples. Chances are you have at least one student — if not more — affected by trauma. The good news is, you can help. Our MEd in Curriculum & Instruction: Trauma and Resilience in Educational Settings was designed for compassionate educators like you. In one year, you can bring life-changing knowledge to your classroom and school, while learning the importance of self-care through it all.

Learn more about our MEd


Learn more about our MEd


Learn more about our MEd

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Next Start Date
MEd – February 17th

What you’ll study

The definition and influences of trauma on children

How to respond to trauma and develop a trauma-sensitive classroom

The characteristics of a school environment sensitive and responsive to trauma and stress

Collaborating with colleagues on creating a trauma-sensitive lens and applying teacher well-being strategies

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Course content addresses the definition, and influences of trauma on children – socially, emotionally, physically, and academically. Topics covered will include 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. Resilience as a factor in responding to trauma will be explored.

Course addresses using social-emotional learning strategies and content for recognizing, understanding, and responding to trauma and toxic stress, developing trauma-sensitive classroom spaces and behavioral practices, and using trauma-informed approaches to foster student, teacher, and family relationships.

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.

Course addresses methods for collaboration with colleagues to implement a trauma-sensitive lens in professional practices and school leadership. Practical application of teacher well-being strategies will be explored. Candidates will analyze an area of interest to improve professional practice with a trauma-sensitive lens.

Why Curriculum & Instruction

Our concentration in Trauma and Resilience in Educational Settings falls under the umbrella of our MEd in Curriculum & Instruction because we want you to have the skills you need to enhance learning in your classroom not just today, but for a lifetime. Designed to help you meet your personal and professional goals, this degree gives you the expertise to plan, implement, and assess what’s best for your students — all while learning how to effectively recognize and respond to trauma.

One Year

In one year, you can earn your MEd completely online, one course at a time.

Scholarships available

We offer up to $3,000 in scholarships, and right now, you may qualify for free textbooks.

Join Our Community of Successful Grads

With this degree, you could potentially become a:

  • Consultant and information source regarding trauma-informed care
  • Advisor to publishers of trauma-informed care textbooks
  • Division or department chair (middle/high school)
  • Trauma-informed care program advisor to local, state, or national policymakers

Here’s what graduates had to say about earning an MEd at Concordia:

95 percent

reported significant gains in professional skills and techniques

93 percent
of our online MEd grads say they are satisfied with their overall academic program experience
of online MEd grads reported strengthened in-depth knowledge of their field or discipline

Why Concordia

As innovators in the field of learning, Concordia University-Portland’s College of Education has been empowering teachers for over a century and continues to influence education from prenatal to the doctoral level. In fact, our College of Education is housed in the flagship school of our new educational model, known as 3toPhD®. The same bold minds behind this innovative prototype are also those shaping our ongoing educational research, and our undergraduate and graduate programs. We’re growing our community of professional educators to advance learning at every stage — join us.

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