2016-2017 Graduate Catalog

EDUA 5766 When Death Impacts School Community

Every year, thousands of children and teens in the United States experience the death of someone they know. Coping with a death can have profound emotional, behavioral, social, and academic impact on a child’s development. Teachers, who typically spend more time with students than anyone else but their families, are in a unique position to support a grieving student and help them work through their grief in healthy, effective ways.

This course introduces teachers to the nature and impact of grief on pre-adolescents and adolescents and provides ways for teachers to facilitate the grieving process. It covers both deaths that occur outside of the school environment as well as what happens when a member of the school community dies. After finishing the course, teachers will be equipped with a wide array of strategies for helping students move through the healing process and thrive despite their loss.

Note: This course does not cover school shootings or death due to other school-related violence.