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Trauma-informed Practice in Education - Continuing Professional Development Certificate - Cert

Course Fact File
Duration12 weeks
Teaching ModePart-Time
NFQ LevelLevel 9
NFQ Award TitleSpecial Purpose Award
Fees€1,125 See Fees and Costs for full details.
Closing Date3 December 2023
Next IntakeJanuary 2024

UCC (including online sessions)



Start DateJanuary 2024

Course Outline

This programme introduces students to trauma-informed practice in education across early years, primary and secondary education contexts.

The programme focuses on both developing understanding of the theoretical principles of the approach and its application to the educator’s specific role. The programme examines the theoretical base of trauma-informed practice in an accessible and applicable way with attention to the stress response system, attachment trauma, mentalising and resiliency theories. The programme also introduces students to implementing trauma-informed practice in the educational context. Students are supported in developing a toolkit of resources to implement the approach in their specific role. The programme also explores students’ critical thinking on the current debates about the implementation of trauma-informed practice in education settings and the impact of vicarious trauma on the educator.

This programme is not a counselling or therapy training. It supports upskilling and career development by developing educators’ capacity to provide trauma-informed practice in their role.

Year 1 Module (with link to ED6079)

ED6079 Trauma-informed Practice in Education: An Introduction

Please see below an introductory video of the course. 

Course Practicalities

This programme is scheduled to run in  academic year 2023/2024 as follows:

UCC Delivery:

The programme will be delivered in a series of weekly 2-hour lectures over 12 weeks, 6 lecturers will be on campus and 6 lecturers will be delivered online via Microsoft Teams. 

Live lectures will take place for two hours (5-7 pm) on consecutive Tuesday evenings during the 12-week January-March/April 2024 semester beginning on 9 January 2024 until 2 April. [Mid-Term//Research & Writing Week – Week of 13 February 2024 (no lectures)] as follows:

  • 9 and 16 January 2024- on-campus
  • 23 January- online
  • 30 January 2024- on campus
  • 6 February 2024- online

12th - 16th February 2024:  School Mid-term break - Reading Week

  • 20 February - online
  • 27 February -on campus
  • 5 March 2024- online
  • 12 March 2024- on campus
  • 19 March 2024- online

25th March – 5th April  2024: Easter Recess – Reading Weeks

  • 9 April 2024 – online
  • 12 April 2024- on campus

To apply for this programme, see details below.

Applications are due to open end September 2023

Who Teaches this Course

This programme was developed and taught by Dr Maria Lotty and Ms. Orna Giblin. Maria has over 20 years of professional social work experience that reflects a comprehensive experience of working with children and families in assessment, therapeutic and project management roles. She is the author of the Fostering Connections: The Trauma-informed Foster Care Programme.  Maria’s research profile is available at this link:

Orna has worked in Deis schools for the past 25 years. Her roles have included Principal of a Traveller Centre, Head of Centre for a second level transition programme which she designed herself and SEN Coordinator. She is currently a Guidance Counsellor in Cabinteely Community School where she contributes to the culture of care, courage and support for all students.


Why Choose This Course

This programme offers educators the opportunity to enhance their understanding of the effects of traumatising experiences on children and young people and introduce them to the application of trauma-informed practice across educational settings.

The programme supports educators to develop understanding of the impact and effects of traumatising experiences on child and adolescent development and its implications for educational settings. It explores the implementation of trauma-informed practice, supporting educators to build a toolkit of resources to implement trauma-informed practice in their specific role. It also gives educators an opportunity to reflect on these concepts and how they impact on their professional and personal experience.


Applicants applying for the CPD (Continuing Professional Development) Certificate should hold:

  • a primary degree and the Professional Master of Education (formerly the Postgraduate/Higher Diploma in Education) with a Second-Class Honours in one (or its' equivalent)
  • or have a Second-Class Honours B.Ed. degree, (or its' equivalent)
  • or have a Second-Class Honours BSc (Education in Physical Sciences), (or its' equivalent)
  • or have a Second-Class Honours Grade I in a primary honours degree (NFQ, Level 8) BA (Hons) Degree in Early Years & Childhood Studies (or its' equivalent)

Professional teaching experience, equivalent to five full years (excluding initial teacher education), will be considered as an honours equivalent.

Furthermore, applicants must also possess a minimum of one year’s post teacher education professional teaching experience, or certified equivalent (e.g., research in schools, voluntary work with schools, working with school teams).

English Language Requirement: All applicants whose first language is not English must have attained IELTS (International English Language Testing System) Level 6.5 or the equivalent TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score with no individual section lower than 6.0.

Fees and Costs


For further information on fees and financial supports please click here

How To Apply

To Apply for this course please follow the steps below:

When you log into the Application Portal:

Click Apply Online

Select Start a new Adult & Continuing Education Application 

Select: Year 2022

On the 2nd tab Academic Level 
Select the following options:
Academic Level: Adult Continuing Education (ACE at UCC)
Course Type:  ACE Part-time Courses
Academic Programme: The course title you are applying for.

During your online application you will be required to upload the following documents:

During your online application you will be required to upload the following documents:

  • Birth Cert or Passport
  • Passport Photograph 
  • English Language Test Report [if applicable]



Contact Details For This Course

Year 1 Modules

Year 2 Modules

Year 3 Modules

Year 4 Modules

For queries regarding course content or timetables please contact