Trauma-Informed Instruction (2 Credits)


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Trauma-Informed Instruction – Online Professional Development Course

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LAUSD Course Code: NA-08-12
UMass Global University Course Code: EDUU 9975

Course Description

Every day, an increasing number of students experience trauma that may adversely affect their learning, relationships, and life-trajectories.

According to the Department of Justice, more than half of children in the U.S. were exposed to trauma in the past year, and 40% are direct victims of multiple acts of violence (higher percentages are represented in urban schools). This study also shows that students exposed to violence are more likely to be delinquent, struggle in and drop out of school; as well as to suffer from anxiety, depression, and PTSD, abuse drugs and alcohol, and engage in criminal activities ( Trauma can greatly affect students’ ability to learn. But through trauma-informed instruction, teachers and other educators can be factors of healing towards success, despite these odds. This course guides educators through a paradigm shift, toward deeper understanding, heightened sensitivity, and increased efficacy in teaching students affected by trauma.


“[This] was the best course I’ve taken in a long time and honestly MUCH more useful, better organized and informative than the Leadership and Equity course I took online with Harvard!”

Learning Outcomes

Participants learn to take an informed approach to instruction that can break the cycle of trauma.

This 2-credit online course is approved by LAUSD for salary points and by other districts in California for professional development credits or graduate-level credits available through University of Massachusetts Global. You can check with your school district to find out which professional development credit type you need.

Number of Professional Development Credits / Salary Points

Teachers throughout California and the U.S. can earn 2 professional development credits by completing this online course or 2 graduate level credits (awarded through University of Massachusetts Global, formerly known as Brandman University). This course is also worth 2 salary points awarded by the LAUSD (Los Angeles Unified School District), depending on the credit type you choose.

Target Audience

This course is designed for all types of Pre-K through 12th grade teachers, including: early childhood education teachers, elementary school teachers, middle school teachers, high school teachers, special education teachers, staff, and administrators.

NA-08-12 is the LAUSD course code for Trauma-Informed Instruction which you’ll need to use to get credit for salary points from the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD).

Additional Information/Questions

Here’s additional information about the Trauma-Informed Instruction online professional development course:

  • This course is 100% online – the coursework and interaction.
  • You’ll have six months to complete all of your coursework from the date that you purchase this online course.
  • Once you’ve successfully completed the Trauma-Informed Instruction course, you’ll earn 2 LAUSD salary points, 2 professional development credits, or 2 graduate-level professional development credits.

If you have any questions about the Trauma-Informed Instruction course, or any of our other professional development online courses, please email

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Disclaimer: This online professional development class has been approved by the LAUSD and UTLA Joint Salary Point Credit Committee. Please note, however, that the LAUSD does not endorse this online class provider over any other.

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Take this online course to earn 2 credits.

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2 LAUSD Salary Points, 2 Professional Development Credits, 2 UMass Global Graduate-Level PD Credits

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