Pathways in Education


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Pathways in Education explore the concept of trauma-informed and trauma-responsive schools through practical guidance, using Trauma Informed Care (TIC) principles and Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) indicators. WCCC’s pathways offer learning and development opportunities for college students, childcare providers, teachers, coaches, school administration, employers, Ed Techs, community members, and parents.






The National Survey of Children’s Health (NSCH) reports that nearly 50 percent of the children in the United States have experienced “at least one or more types of serious childhood trauma.” Understanding trauma and how it impacts young learners helps educators serve the emotional needs of their students, helping trauma-survivors thrive in classrooms.


There are many career paths in education and Washington County Community College will meet you where you are to explore your interests and reach your career goals!







EDU 170: Introduction to Trauma-Informed Schools & Communities   

March 20 – May 14, 2022

Online 3-credit course introducing the concept of trauma-informed and trauma-responsive schools and how traumatic life events impact the human brain and behavior. Together we will investigate, discuss, and try various approaches to building safe, supportive, trauma-sensitive learning environments that help ALL students learn and thrive.



EDU 171: Best Practices for Trauma-Responsive Educational Environments   

May 21 – July 16 2022

Hybrid 3-credit course that will apply what you have learned about trauma, ACEs, and the stress response system, providing practical guidance for strengthening learning environments. You will combine knowledge with practice to plan, create, and implement therapeutic creative arts in a variety of real-world environments. Prerequisite: Introduction to Trauma-Informed Schools & Communities is a prerequisite for this course.


EDU 172: Diversity & Social Justice, No Equity Detours Allowed   

September 6 – October 29, 2022

More details coming soon!




The cost of tuition is $400 per course, including textbooks, or $1,000 for all three courses: Introduction to Trauma-Informed Schools & Communities, Best Practices for Trauma-Responsive Educational Environments, and Diversity & Social Justice. Please contact WCCC’s Workforce & Professional Development Department at to see what funding options are available to you as an individual, or as an employer seeking funding for professional development for your employees.         








Contact WCCC’s Workforce & Professional Development today @ (207) 454-1040 or to see what funding options are available to employers through the Harold Alfond Center for Advancement of Maine’s Workforce. 



COMING YOUR WAY THIS FALL – Educator Symposium featuring Social and Emotional Learning through Creative Arts….

Learners will explore social and emotional learning through creative arts to gain upon gaining an understanding of the importance of student voice, play, and creativity. Creative expression can be used by classroom teachers and school counselors for trauma-responsive social and emotional learning. It can also be used to enhance community and family understanding of Social and Emotional Learning.


This program is funded in partnership with Maine Quality Center, Harold Alfond Center for Advancement, Maine Jobs & Recovery, and Washington County Community College.


Washington County Community College does not discriminate on the basis of color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age or marital, parental, or veteran’s status in its programs and activities.