Trauma informed education studies (ties)

Seminal work done by researchers at the Centers for Disease Control, Emory University, and Kaiser Permanente almost 20 years ago established a distinct connection between adverse childhood experiences and high-risk behaviors in adulthood and early death (V.J. Felitti, R.F. Anda et al, American Journal of Preventive Medicine (1998), Vol 14, 245-258.) This work prompted other questions about the challenges that adverse childhood experiences (e.g., drug or alcohol abuse, violence in the home, one or both parents absent, frequent family relocations, inadequate food, clothing, and housing) might pose for learning. A number of educators have come to realize that the range of the consequences of adverse childhood experiences have not been taken into account in the educational preparation of teachers.

Cheyney University has developed a unique school-based program that addresses the often overlooked needs of adverse childhood experiences by equipping persons on the educational front lines--teachers, principals, counselors, and administrators with strategies for student success. The Trauma Informed Education Studies (TIES) program is a post baccalaureate certificate that prepares educators to identify students living with trauma and trains those educators to effectively address the intellectual development and the social-emotional engagement of students who are exposed to trauma in order to improve academic performance and future options for the student. The common misdirection of students showing misunderstood signs of trauma has an unmeasurable toll on society through early drop-outs, juvenile delinquency, assignments to special education, suspensions, bad and destructive decisions, criminal behavior, and the perpetuation of trauma in the lives of others. The TIES program shifts the landscape of education and trajectory for students in urban and suburban areas by tackling the often unidentified yet damaging effects of trauma. This program is conveniently available with flexible enrollment options.


XTR 501: Trauma Informed Education: A Review of the Literature (3 credits)
XTR 502: Trauma and Academic Performance: Introduction to Trauma Sensitive Practices (3 credits)
XTR 503: Intergenerational Trauma (3 credits)
XTR 504: Non-Clinical Classroom Strategies for Trauma Informed Educators (3 credits)
XTR 505: Policy and Advocacy in Trauma Education (Effectively Communicating with Policymakers and Key Stakeholders about Child Trauma) (3 credits)


If you are applying for the Trauma Education Studies (TIES) Graduate certificate program, please complete the following form. Your most recent official college/university transcript must be mailed to: Cheyney University of Pennsylvania, Office of Admissions, 1837 University Circle, PO Box 200, Cheyney, PA 19319-0200.


Before you register, please review these instructions on how to register using the PowerCampus Self-Service Portal.


1. Development of an increased awareness of Trauma Informed Education
2. Utilization of appropriate pedagogical approaches/strategies to address students’ adverse childhood experiences (trauma) that impact academic success
3. Development of the capacity to increase students’ intellectual and social-emotional engagement, resulting in the improvement of their academic performance, as measured by:

• Increase in students’ class attendance
• Improved students’ academic (grades and standardized tests) performance
• Reduction of interpersonal conflicts
• Increase in school retention rates
• Decrease in the dropout rate
• Increase in the graduation rate
• College readiness and success

For more information, contact:
Dr. Wesley Pugh 
Education Chair 

Office of the Provost