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PO College announces new specialization: Early childhood trauma studies

October 6, 2014

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Published: October 6, 2014

PASADENA, CA – Pacific Oaks College’s School of Education announces a new program specialization in Early Childhood Trauma Studies launching January 2015. The specialization will be offered at both the bachelor’s and master’s level.

“Early childhood providers work in a variety of settings which include preschools, foster centers, adoption centers, non-profits, where they work with children who may have been exposed to trauma. Our program will offer these educators an advantage over other early childhood education graduates in that they will have a focused area of study that allows them to acknowledge the life experiences of children, attend to children’s needs, and assist in finding the right help for children and families in crisis,” explains Jayanti Tambe, Pacific Oaks’ School of Education Professor.

Today’s young children can face an enormous amount of trauma in their lives which is why it is more important than ever that early childcare education providers understand how to detect the signs and symptoms of trauma stemming from life events. Pacific Oaks’ Early Childhood Trauma Studies Specialization will equip students with the knowledge, tools, and techniques to help guide and support children facing tremendous strain at a highly impressionable time in their lives.

The curriculum will address a selected scope of topics, including family violence, child abuse, separation, family deployment, death, culture, divorce, immigration, effects on early development, and family incarceration. Students will study the law that impacts children and families (both state and federal), the biases and social justice issues that cause trauma, and the families impacted by such trauma.

Pacific Oaks College is dedicated to the fundamental Quaker principles of inclusion, social justice, and the valuing of every human being. Pacific Oaks College is a nonprofit, accredited higher education institution offering bachelor’s-completion, master’s and certificate programs in human development, marriage and family therapy, education, early childhood education, and teacher credentialing. It offers classes at its main campus in Pasadena and at a number of convenient off-site locations throughout California, as well as online. Since 1959, Pacific Oaks has been accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). For more information, visit

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