Online Class:  

Trauma Informed Teaching: Trauma's Effects on Students and What Teachers Can Do

Instructor: Krista Geffre

Through this course, you will understand trauma’s effect on a student’s brain, behavior, and readiness to learn.  Develop empathy and explore strategies for supporting students and developing healthy relationships for both you, the teacher, and the trauma-affected student. The course text (details below) and supplemental resources will prepare you to start implementing new, effective ideas today!

For K-12 Teachers

This class is offered for 3, 4 or 5 Quarter Credits.


Choose the text(s) that match your grade level and credit option.

For 3, 4, and 5 credits select one of the following texts:


Required text For 4 and 5 credits:

Please note:

This course and Trauma Informed Teaching: Building a Classroom Culture of Safety may each be taken as a stand alone course, together, or one at a time. You may take them in any order or individually. 

Trauma Informed Teaching: Trauma's Effects on Students and What Teachers Can Do provides an understanding of how trauma affects students as well as gives actionable ideas and strategies for working with and supporting students. 

Trauma Informed Teaching: Building a Classroom Culture of Safety focuses on classroom community and creating a positive learning environment that supports the whole child.  

Register Anytime!  You can start your course TODAY!

1. Click "Registration" below.  Our site will redirect you to an SPU registration page where you will pay both the TINT and SPU fee with a credit card. 

2. You will receive an email from SPU with your receipt and a link to the coursework. 

3. You have a year to complete the work at your own pace.  Your grade will be posted on your transcript within a few weeks (and often sooner) of you finishing!


Option 1:  Non-Credit/Audit TINT Tuition Fee (30 PDUs): $525


Option 2:   3 Quarter Credit (60 PDUs) = TINT Tuition Fee: $525

+ $165 SPU Credit Fee (Click here for SPU Info) = $690


Option 3:  4 Quarter Credit (80 PDUs) = TINT Tuition Fee: $625

+ $220 SPU Credit Fee (Click here for SPU Info) = $845


Option 4:  5 Quarter Credit (100 PDUs) = TINT Tuition Fee: $715

+ $275 SPU Credit Fee (Click here for SPU Info) = $990

Student Testimonials:

I loved the readings in this class. I feel that I learned so much and appreciate the timing of the class at this time in my career. It really has helped me shape some goals that I have around doing my part to create a trauma-sensitive school. I also appreciate not only your selection of text materials but your kindness and input. SO many of us are struggling as humans today and the allowance of grace and kindness goes so far. 

TINT Student

Your courses are amazing. I love that I can read and respond at my own pace and that the questions are very oriented to reflect on what we need to reflect on. Thank you for your hard and clear work. You make my educational time enjoyable.

TINT Student

This class has allowed me to reflect on my teaching, while at the same time learn so many new beneficial strategies. I have not only learned more about my teaching, but I have learned a lot more about myself in general. I believe that I have become a better teacher already because of the things I have learned in this class. My expectations are 100% met, if not more. I have really enjoyed this class, and I am excited to keep on learning as well.

TINT Student

Understanding why children behave as they do was an important takeaway.   I feel driven to intercede and positively impact their brain development by helping them understand how their brain works and what tools they can use when feeling stressed, nervous, and overwhelmed.  I was so motivated and changed by this course I created a Donor Choose project so that my students can develop connections and hopefully develop deep empathy for each other.  Thank you for this fantastic course; it has given me back the passion I had lost. 

TINT Student

The most beneficial aspect of this class is the real-life application of strategies and the situations described in both of these texts.  I really learned a lot from this class, it directly applies to the demographic of families and students where I teach.  Thank you for the thoughtful selection of the texts and articles!

TINT Student

I found the readings to be informative and interesting.  My copy of Susan E. Craig’s book is full of notes, and highlighted passages.  It will definitely be a book I refer to often.  I felt like the articles you had sourced deepened and enforced the concepts Craig was covering.  I too will be returning to these articles on occasion.  I particularly enjoyed Dr. Daniel Siegel’s videos.  While I love to read, watching and listening to a presentation is an effective learning method for me. I am so grateful for the Collected Course Resources packet that you provided.  This is a huge gift and a valuable resource.  Thank you!  This class met my goals and expectations.  The material was interesting and I learned so much.  I felt like the assignments were meaningful,  your responses to my assignments were encouraging, and I really appreciated how quickly you replied to my assignment submissions.  Thank you!  This was a great class!

TINT Student


Thank you so much for teaching this class, it truly was everything I needed and honestly the best class I've ever taken. This class should absolutely be a requirement for all Education Programs!

TINT Student


I can honestly say, this course has changed my mindset more than I imagined. It has been the most applicable course to my current position and I’m SO glad I decided to enroll. Thank you so much for teaching this course, it truly has changed my perspective on how to do my job and really connect with my students.

TINT Student


“Trauma Informed Teaching” has been an inspiring class, and it definitely has been worth the time.  It exceeded my expectations.  Even though I got delayed and totally overwhelmed in 2020, I was happy to learn from the text and to gather a lot of information from so many resources.  You provided us with way more resources than expected, and I feel empowered by the ability to review the TED Talks and articles, etc., as I progress through new years of teaching and new challenges with students who have experienced multiple childhood ACEs.  Thank you for the resources.  I also enjoyed the text because it’s informative and not daunting.  Some texts feel way too heavy to read while teaching full time (especially while teaching full time on-line)!  In addition, I felt that your feedback was specific and helpful, and I enjoyed the way you set up the course.  I have had only positive experiences with TINT classes. Thank you for all you do and for encouraging me to be the best teacher I can be (while being an emotion scientist)!  Thank you for everything.

TINT Student


I have greatly enjoyed this class.  I feel it has provided me with insights I didn’t have before or I had a sliver of.  Now I feel I have new tools in my toolbox to offer to my students and colleagues when situations arise. I really appreciate your feedback on assignments.  It is apparent that you truly read what we write rather than just giving a cursory glance.  I appreciate your follow up questions.  They make me think.  This has been an enjoyable experience. 

TINT Student