Paper Type

Doctoral Dissertation


College of Education and Human Services

Degree Name

Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership (EdD)


Leadership, School Counseling & Sport Management

NACO controlled Corporate Body

University of North Florida. Department of Leadership, School Counseling & Sports Management

First Advisor

Dr. David Hoppey

Second Advisor

Dr. Suzanne Ehrlich

Third Advisor

Dr. Christian Winterbottom

Fourth Advisor

Dr. Tes Tuason

Department Chair

Dr. David Hoppey

College Dean

Dr. Jennifer Kane


This research recruited ten early childhood personnel within a public elementary school and attempted to gain insight into their beliefs and attitudes directly related to the principles of universal design for learning and the tenets of trauma-informed educational practice. Through this qualitative study, the researcher posited the importance of explicit professional learning and a supportive and openly communicative school environment to support the implementation of a combined trauma-informed universal design for learning (Ti-UDL) framework. Such a model has implications not only impacting personnel and student relationships, but those occurring amongst school-wide personnel of all levels. This research employed multiple phases, including an introductory survey (Attitudes and Beliefs about Trauma – ABaT), individually conducted semi-structured interviews, a synchronous professional learning session on UDL and TIEP within schools, journal writing, and a student-facing classroom observation for those participants primarily assigned to the classroom setting. Lastly, this research will review recommendations for the future and alterations supported by the researcher to support the successful replication and generalization of this study.