Resiliency-Based Approaches with Families, Schools, and Communities CGS

All students must meet the Requirements for the Certificates of Graduate Study

Overview

The program is built to address the growing need to improve workforce capacity for professionals who can successfully implement resiliency building strategies addressing the heightened incidence of trauma and adverse childhood experiences.

Students in the program gain a deep socio-ecological understanding of the structural solutions inherent in equity, culturally sustaining partnerships, and resilience; the impact of trauma and adversity; and a toolbox of skills for fostering resilience through building and restoring relationships with families, schools, and communities.

Along with core coursework, students can specialize in either of two pathways:

  • Trauma-responsive and Restorative Practices (TRP)
  • Family-school-community partnerships and interprofessional collaboration (FSC)​

All coursework is online, though some electives may be met with on campus courses.

The CGS can stand alone as a defined certificate of graduate study or can stack into a master’s degree program in Counseling, Curriculum & Instruction, Educational Leadership, Social Work, and Special Education, or a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. To be a stackable credential, students must apply and be accepted into the CGS before the last 9 credits are taken. Students then apply to an appropriate master’s or doctoral program to use the CGS credits towards that degree.

Specific Requirements

REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMISSION TO GRADUATE STUDIES FOR THE CERTIFICATE OF GRADUATE STUDY

  • Completed bachelor’s degree
  • Official transcripts from each college or university where credit has been earned
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • A personal statement of purpose
  • Test scores for English proficiency for applicants whose native language is not English
  • Application fee of $20

How to Apply

All applications and materials must be submitted through the UVM Graduate Admissions online application. Please carefully review the instructions before completing the application.

FOR EXTERNAL APPLICANTS TO THE CERTIFICATE PROGRAM: Applicants seeking to enroll in only a Certificate of Graduate Study program must complete the online UVM Graduate Application and all associated requirements. This application will need to include official transcripts from an accredited university as well as 3 letters of recommendation. A bachelor's degree is required for admittance.

FOR CURRENT UVM GRADUATE STUDENTS: Students currently enrolled in a UVM master's or doctoral program must complete the online UVM Graduate Application. Letters of recommendation and transcripts are not required, and an application fee waiver can be provided.

MINIMUM DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

To earn the certificate of graduate study, students must complete 15 credits including 6 credits of foundational courses, 6 credits of applied courses in a specialization pathway, and a 3 credit of capstone course. Students choose one of the following specialization pathways: Trauma-responsive and Restorative Practices (TRP) or Family-school-community and Interprofessional Collaboration (FSC). The capstone will apply skills and learning from earlier coursework.

Foundational Courses (2 required)
EDSP 330The Trauma Lens3
EDSP 332Resilnce Equity&Intrprof Prac3
EDCI 331Society, Stress and the Brain3
Trauma-responsive and Restorative Practices Pathway:
EDSS 200Contemporary Issues (Social Justice Education)0-6
EDSP 333Trauma Informed System Change3
EDSP 334Restorative&Trma Pract w/Child3
Family-School-Community & Interprofessional Collaborations Pathway:
EDSP 387Collaborative Consultation3
EDSP 299Global Resilience Fam-Schl-Com3
ECLD 205Fmly Schl & Cmty Collaboration3
EDSP 332Resilnce Equity&Intrprof Prac (If not taken as foundations course)3
Applied Coursework/Capstone Course
EDSP 333Trauma Informed System Change3
EDLP 459Mixed Method Research3
SWSS 316Integrative Appr Transform SW3
CNSL 389Counseling Internship1-3
Other courses may be approved with permission of CGS core faculty
Students must take 3 of the following courses: EDSP 330; EDSP 332; EDSP 333; EDSP 334