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Trauma in Educational Communities Experimental Specialization or Certificate

Experimental Specialization

Eastern Oregon University offers the only Trauma in Educational Communities experimental specialization* in the state, designed for teachers with an Oregon license. Specializations denote added value on teaching licenses. This experimental specialization indicates that an educator has obtained additional and specialized preparation to teach and advocate in a culturally responsive and equitable manner for the needs of prekindergarten through grade 12 students and other members of the educational community who have been impacted by trauma.

Recognizing the need and value of educators who deeply understand the impact of trauma on educational communities, EOU crafted an 18-credit program that focuses on a comprehensive understanding of trauma within the context of educational communities. In June of 2020 TSPC granted state recognition for EOU to offer the program as an experimental specialization through May 31, 2022.*


The Trauma in Educational Communities certificate is the same coursework as the experimental specialization; however, it is intended for candidates who do not have an Oregon teaching license.


Available fully online, students can complete the coursework as a stand-alone program and/or as part of the MS in Education.

The following courses are required for the experimental specialization or certificate:
ED 570 Foundations of Trauma & Identity in Education
ED 571 Building a Trauma-Invested School Community
ED 572 Trauma-Invested Classroom Learning Environment
ED 573 Asset-Based Curriculum
ED 574 Technology in Trauma-Invested Communities
ED 575 Clinical Practices: Trauma in Educational Communities

For more information, contact the program coordinator, avillago@eou.edu or 541-962-3950.

*TSPC has communicated to Educator Preparation Providers that the following applies to experimental endorsements and specializations, “[T]here is no guarantee that the resultant credential will be posted on the licenses and recognized by the state as an adopted credential. What we can do with experimental specialization / endorsement programs is offer a letter or certificate that they earned the credential.

If the new specialization becomes a state-approved specialization, we will add it to the list of approved credentials included in rule and make every effort to add it to the completers’ licenses.”