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!





3 course series starting again in July of 2024. Fill out the pre-registration form to be placed on the waitlist. 


EDU 170: Introduction to Trauma-Informed Schools & Communities   


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 271: Best Practices for Trauma-Responsive Educational Environments   


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 272: Diversity & Social Justice, No Equity Detours Allowed   


This course will analyze the concepts of diversity, social equity, and social justice. It will examine these concepts as they relate to school structure and organization, to curriculum development, to classroom management, and to considering our own personal ideologies and philosophies. It will identify and examine different types of curriculum audits used by schools; and equity audits used by businesses, organizations, and communities. Participants in this class will come together to explore hard and uncomfortable concepts with the goal of making childcare centers and schools versatile and robust learning environments for all learners.




These courses are free to students and are funded in partnership with Maine Jobs & Recovery, Harold Alfond Center for Advancement, and Washington County Community College.

Please contact WCCC’s Workforce & Professional Development Department at if you have any questions about the courses. 








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. 



This program is funded in partnership with 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.