Trauma-Informed Education and Intervention

Volume 1: 2020.2021

Effective 1 June 2020 through 31 May 2021

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Advanced Graduate Certificate
18 Credit Hours

This program is offered by the School of Education and is only available at the St. Louis home campus.

For information on the general requirements for a certificate, see Certificate Program Policies and Procedures under the Academic Policies section of this catalog.

Program Description

The advanced graduate certificate in trauma-informed education and intervention is designed for practicing teachers, school-based mental health specialists, counselors and other related services professionals who are interested in expanding their expertise in advocating and working with children who require specialized, targeted or one-to-one services. This offers an advanced program of study in the identification, assessment and evaluation, psychoeducational intervention and instruction of children and youth who have experienced trauma as well as severe emotional and behavioral disorders. 


The following coursework is required:

  • SPED 5500 Socio-emotional Development: Children with Special Needs (3 hours)
  • SPED 5315 Identification and Assessment of Children with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders (3 hours)
  • SPED 5285 Understanding and Responding to Trauma in Schools (3 hours)
  • SPED 5317 Psychoeducational Interventions, Curriculum, and Strategies for Students with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders (3 hours)

Choose two (6 credits) of the following:

  • SPED 5220 Topics in Special Education (topic appropriate to emphasis) (1-3 hours)
  • SPED 5250 Behavior Management for Children with Special Needs (3 hours)
  • SPED 5314 Children and Youth with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders (3 hours)
  • SPED 5350 Enhancing Social Competency in Children with Special Needs (3 hours)
  • SPED 5331 Working with Difficult Students (3 hours)
  • COUN 5160 Issues in Counseling: Psychodrama Therapy (1-3 hours)
  • EDIN 5620 Mindfulness (3 hours)
  • EDIN 5622 Restorative Justice: Learning Communities (3 hours)
  • EPSY 5150 Resilience and Self-Concept Development (3 hours)
  • EPSY 5890 Psychology of Stress (3 hours)
  • EPSY 5952 Children, Culture and Violence (3 hours)


Students who are interested in applying to this program should see the Admission section of this catalog for general requirements.

Admission Requirements

  • Students seeking this advanced graduate certificate must have earned a recognized master's degree with a graduate cumulative GPA of 3.0.

Send all admissions materials to:

Office of Admission
Webster University
470 East Lockwood Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63119