Trauma and Resilience Leadership in Educational Settings Certificate Program

As research shows just how dramatically traumatic events can impact a child’s cognitive abilities and their ability to succeed academically, trauma-informed schools, educators, and professionals are increasingly in demand. Concordia’s Trauma and Resilience Leadership in Educational Settings certificate supports those looking to enhance their understanding and use of trauma-informed approaches and resilience-building practices for students, schools, and themselves. Through our trauma-informed certificate program, you’ll learn mindfulness and conflict resolution practices that support educators and students alike with strategies for self-care and resilience. Practical application of teacher well-being strategies as well as restorative justice practices to promote peace and justice in schools will be explored.

Please note that completing this online trauma and resilience certificate program does not lead to state certification or licensure. In some cases, coursework may apply toward the renewal of a teacher’s license.

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September 2nd
Length 8 months
Credits 18 Credit Hours
Cost Per Credit $697
Accreditation NWCCU
Up to $1,000
100% online
100% online (no in-person field work required)
One year
Earn your certificate in less than 8 months, one class at a time
Updated curriculum
Curriculum is up-to-date and relevant
Accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)
Concordia is one of the most respected names in learning today
20,000-strong alumni
20,000-strong alumni network

Trauma and Resilience in Educational Settings Certificate Program Goals

Upon program completion, successful candidates will demonstrate the ability to:
Challenges of Trauma

Challenges of Trauma

Demonstrate understanding for the challenges of trauma on the lives of students, families, teachers, and communities

Trauma-Informed Strategies

Trauma-Informed Strategies

Develop understanding of trauma-informed and resilience building strategies for students, schools, and educators

Tools for Self-Care

Tools for Self-Care

Engage in various methods for self-care, including understanding how to use these tools for building resilience in others

Restorative Justice

Restorative Justice

Identify best uses for strategies that support students in conflict resolution and restorative justice practices for schools


The Trauma and Resilience Leadership in Educational Settings certificate is an 18-credit hour non-licensure/non-endorsement program

Trauma and Resilience Leadership in Educational Settings Certificate
18 credits

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.

Course addresses the concept of mindfulness as an element of school and teacher approaches to trauma and resilience in educational settings. Builds theoretical concepts as well as applications for teachers to use for self-development as well as in classroom management and instruction.

Course identifies practices, tools, and frameworks that support non-violent conflict resolution, including restorative justice practices for PreK-12 educators and others working in educational settings. Analysis of different types of conflict as well as best practices for resolution will be conducted. Restorative justice practices to promote peace and justice in schools will be taught.

Please note that completing this certificate program does not lead to state certification or licensure. This certificate is not designed or intended to lead in any way toward a teaching license, endorsement, or administrative credential.

Concordia offers several certificate programs with licensure and endorsement for those located in Oregon or Washington. See the options here.

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