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M.Ed. in Trauma and Resiliency

Understand trauma and its impact on students and the educational environment. Develop essential social-emotional instructional strategies for the classroom and beyond.

Meet students at the source of their struggle.

More than ever, teachers are finding that their students have been exposed to trauma. The National Survey of Children’s’ Health found that 35 million children in the United States have faced at least one type of trauma in their childhood. The Childhelp organization found that a report of child abuse is made every 10 seconds. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that suicide was the second leading cause of death among children ages 12-17. As a student of SAU’s Master of Education in Trauma and Resiliency, you’ll learn to help K-12 learners build resiliency and work through personal trauma that affects classroom behavior and performance. As a trauma-sensitive educator, you’ll be able to create a safe, orderly and predictable environment that ensures student wellbeing and success.

Program Stats

30 credit-hour-program
100 percent online
7-1-7 course model
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Empowering and equipping our students.

To ensure our educators are best prepared to build resilience, Spring Arbor University and Starr Commonwealth have partnered to offer the online Master of Education in Trauma and Resiliency. Starr Commonwealth has more than thirty years of experience in training education professionals. Combine that with SAU’s dynamic education programming and faculty, and the M.Ed in Trauma and Resiliency program will position graduates to reach all children regardless of backgrounds or adversity they have faced.

I knew I wanted to pursue a master’s degree that would propel my career and allow me to help create safe and supportive environments in which all staff and students could thrive. I believe this program is the perfect fit for my personal and professional goals. The way the instructors intentionally discuss real-life applications of the trauma-informed mindset will be extremely beneficial upon graduation.

-Anthony Allen, M.Ed. Trauma and Resiliency student

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The M.Ed. Trauma and Resiliency program is 100% online!

Start Dates

The M.Ed. Trauma and Resiliency program offers multiple start dates each semester. Fill out an Inquiry Form and an admissions representative will contact you about upcoming start dates.


The M.Ed. Trauma and Resiliency program does not lead to MDE certification, endorsement, or licensure.


M.Ed. Trauma and Resiliency graduates are qualified to serve in the following capacities:

  • School Administrators
  • K-12 Teacher (with state teaching license)
  • Behavioral Specialist
  • School Support Staff

Key Courses

As a M.Ed. Trauma and Resiliency student, you’ll take the following course sequence:

  • EDU 571 Impact of Trauma on Student Cognition (3)
  • EDU 503 Advanced Instructional Strategies (3)
  • EDU 572 Building Resilience-Focused Schools (3)
  • EDU 530 Values, Ethics, Worldview (3)
  • EDU 573 Strategies for Healing and Resiliency (3)
  • EDU 640 Research Methods (3)
  • EDU 574 Skills for Emotional Regulation (2)*
  • EDU 584 Emotional Intelligence (1)*
  • EDU 575 Self-Care for Educators (3)
  • Elective (3)**
  • EDU 645 Action Research Project (3)**

This program follows a 7-1-7 format. The duration of each course is seven weeks. A one-week break will be held between each course.

*EDU 574 and EDU 584 are taken concurrently.
**Students may choose to complete EDU 645 before their elective.

Find a complete list of M.Ed. Trauma and Resiliency courses in the graduate catalog.


All courses within the M.Ed. Trauma and Resiliency program are taught by SAU faculty members within the School of Education and Departments of Counseling and Social Work.

Admissions Requirements

To gain admission into the M.Ed. Trauma and Resiliency program, applicants must have the following:

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • A GPA of at least 3.0 (a GPA of 2.7-2.99 will be considered with a written petition)
  • Conviction Disclosure Form and Two Recommendation Forms (If GPA is under a 3.0)

The M.Ed. Trauma and Resiliency program does not require the GRE or a writing sample for admission.

Applications for the M.Ed. Trauma and Resiliency program are due two weeks prior to the desired start date.

Tuition & Financial Aid

View current tuition rates and fees for the M.Ed. Trauma and Resiliency program on our Graduate Tuition & Aid page.

Learn more about applying to the M.Ed. Trauma and Resiliency program and obtaining financial aid on our Graduate Admissions & Aid page.