Trauma in Educational Communities

Trauma in Educational Communities

Trauma-Informed Practices Specialization

The Trauma in Educational Communities program at Eastern Oregon University, designed for teachers with an Oregon license, is the only program in the state to offer a Trauma-Informed Practices Specialization program. 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. TSPC has not yet created a process to add this specialization to licenses. Instead, upon completion, candidates will be provided a Certificate of Specialization Completion that can be presented to district HR departments.


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.


This program is available fully online. Students can complete the coursework as a stand-alone program and/or as part of the MS in Education.

For more information, contact the program coordinator, Karyn Gomez at either or 541-962-3312.