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Safeguard your school with a holistic approach to school safety.

Your students deserve a safe learning environment. Whether you’re a K–12 educator, support staff, leader, school, or district, this program can help you shape a healthy and safe school in support of building a brighter tomorrow.

You’ll complete a comprehensive and evidence-based course curriculum focused on key topics schools are facing today and explore ways to safeguard your school and community at all levels.

Did you know?

Did you know?

Everyone at school plays a role in health and safety. Certifying your school is the first step towards building a safe and sound school.  You’ll achieve the Johns Hopkins Safe and Healthy Schools Certification badge when at least 70% of teachers and one leader completes this program. All individual learners will also receive digital credentials.

Make your school a safe place to learn.

Keep your school safe

Keep your school safe.

When students feel unsafe, they struggle to thrive at school. Ensure everyone in your school feels safe and secure. Effectively address mental health challenges, violence, and bullying at school using evidence-based best practices.

Training for you and your school

Get training for you and your school.

Foster safer, healthier learning environments with fundamental crisis approaches, guidelines and tools. This program provides education professionals at all levels with specific learning paths tailored for both teachers and school leadership.

Make sound, effective decisions

Make sound, effective decisions.

Empower everyone to make the right decisions.  Learn from flexible online courses designed by interdisciplinary experts from the Johns Hopkins University academic community.  Get the knowledge, resources, tools, and support you need to make sound, effective decisions.

Access the best training online

Access the best training online.

Start the program anytime. Complete 10-50 hours of online asynchronous learning at your own pace and anywhere with WiFi.

About the program

Three levels of certification

For teachers
For leaders
For schools
You’ll complete 10 hours of online training, which includes 5 course modules, earning you 1 CEU, and a digital credential valid for three years.
You’ll complete 50 hours of online training, which includes 5 course modules, earning you 5 CEUs, and a digital credential valid for three years.
When at least 70 percent of your teachers and one leader complete the Safe and Healthy Schools Certification Program your school will earn a digital credential valid for three years upon completion.

Who is this course for?

New teachers

Soon-to-be or recent graduates looking for additional teacher training that may not be included in traditional teacher training pedagogy.

Experienced Educators

Educators seeking additional training to enhance student health, safety, and learning outcomes for ESL, K-12, or higher education and post-secondary students.

School Leadership

Leaders in the school community that are taking steps to safeguard their school and address common issues such as mental health, violence, and bullying.

Course Curriculum

This course aims to help you reflect on your interest in understanding and supporting a comprehensive safe schools strategy and to identify best practices in this regard. 

Beginning with an overview and definition of a safe school, we discuss the rationale for understanding the importance of safe and healthy schools, the Johns Hopkins School of Education SCHOOLWELL model for school resilience and early learning practices that support safe schools and the importance of strong family engagement.

School safety begins with a safe and healthy school. This course will focus on the complex and dynamic relationship between safe and healthy schools and mental health supports for both students and school-based personnel. 

As the national conversation around school safety continues to grow, we must address the growing needs to support students in various situations that can potentially undermine their academic success. In addition, schools face an increasing role in terms of identifying and remediating mental health stressors affecting the performance of classroom teachers and other essential school personnel.

Every child deserves to be safe in school. This course will explain the importance of research-based school interventions that support Safe and Healthy Schools. 

From improving outcomes for students with disabilities to using restorative practices to reduce student conflict to understanding trauma-informed practices and social-emotional learning as an achievement strategy, this course will make the case that schools must first be emotionally safe and nurturing environments to understand the physical dimension of campus safety.

This course seeks to establish a broader understanding of the nuanced relationship between school culture, climate, and discipline. You will consider the disproportionality in school discipline outcomes for marginalized and underrepresented populations in the United States. 

In addition, the sometimes-controversial role of the school resource officer will be examined.

With $3 billion in annual spending on school safety across the country, school administrators are frequently compelled to make high-stakes purchasing choices with marginal information.  

This course will unpack advances in school safety technology, best practices in choosing technology to support safe and healthy schools, and safety training for students. It will also consider the overall impact of gun violence in schools as a mandate for change.

Meet your Course Creators

Johns Hopkins School of Education

Johns Hopkins University Center for Safe and Healthy Schools

At its core, Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Safe and Healthy Schools is driven by the belief that all students deserve to go to school in safe and healthy environments where they can learn and thrive.

The center is focused on taking on the complex, urgent issue of school safety with comprehensive, evidence-based solutions focused on student well-being, safety and learning success. 

Founded and led by the university’s School of Education, the Center for Safe and Healthy Schools has brought together top faculty from across the university. From education, public health, engineering, arts and sciences, nursing and medicine, experts were selected to apply expertise around evidence-based practices, programs, tools and policies integral to safe and healthy school environments.

Often pressing issues such as suicide, trauma, depression, bullying, and gun violence are approached as separate issues. CSHS aims at moving towards a more holistic consideration of how we, as a nation, can make schools safer.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Individual teacher enrollment is $249. 
  • School leadership enrollment is $1,245. 
  • School certification is also available for both educator and school leadership enrollment. Pricing is based on learner enrollment.

To see all program options and to enroll, visit our pricing page

Teacher and leader certification is straightforward. A teacher or leader who completes the learning will receive a certificate of completion and a digital badge. 

To earn the Safe and Healthy Schools certification, 70 percent of teachers and one school leader must complete their respective Safe and Healthy Schools certification courses. 

Both certifications are valid for three years, at which point all staff and leaders must renew their certification by completing the Safe and Healthy Schools refresher course.

Absolutely! You can take the course from anywhere in the world. Although the course content does focus on the US landscape, most, if not all, concepts are applicable internationally.

This course was designed by educators for educators and was peer-reviewed by experts at the Center for Safe and Healthy Schools and the Johns Hopkins University School of Education. 

Many courses and programs that promote similar learning outcomes take a fairly siloed approach to each aspect of school safety instead of a holistic approach that utilizes expertise from multiple areas. The Center for Safe and Healthy Schools brings together top Johns Hopkins faculty from education, public health, engineering, arts and sciences, nursing, and medicine to create evidence-based practices, programs, tools, and policies integral to safe and healthy school environments. 

This program enables teachers, leaders, and communities to ensure everyone in their school feels safe, secure, and can respond effectively to situations such as addressing mental health challenges, violence, and bullying at school using evidence-based best practices.

Schools that complete the learning and earn a credential will become a part of the Safe and Healthy Schools community. There is no additional cost for membership, beyond the price of the learning. The school credential model requires 70 percent of school staff to complete 10 hours (one CEU) and one leadership member to complete 50 hours (five CEUs) of the Safe and Healthy Schools program. 

This helps to ensure the learning is having an impact on the school culture through a collaborative, comprehensive approach to applying the lessons in the context of classrooms and schools.

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