Graduation Date

Spring 2020

Document Type



Master of Arts degree with a major in Education

Committee Chair Name

Mary Dingle

Committee Chair Affiliation

HSU Faculty or Staff

Second Committee Member Name

John Y. Lee

Subject Categories



Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), consist of the negative and traumatic events that have happened in the early years of a person’s life. The focus here is on childhood trauma. There are many types of trauma, including, physical, sexual and emotional abuse, physical and emotional neglect, exposure to domestic and general violence, as well as household substance abuse, mental illness, racism, parental separation/divorce, and others. Trauma produces both physical and psychological challenges and can disrupt the brain’s development from birth through 18 years of age, causing permanent damage and issues, which we will discuss throughout this thesis. This thesis will explore the role of trauma in early childhood education from the perspective of the teachers who work with children who have suffered significant trauma in their lives.

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