Online Course for School Professionals

The Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey and Rutgers University Division of Continuing Studies have partnered to develop an online course which provides information about working with students with brain injury. Successful completion of the course provides New Jersey educators with 10 professional development hours (Provider #2782) and 1 Rutgers University CEU.

Did you Know?

Each year in the United State approximately 475,000 traumatic brain injuries occur among children ages 0 to 14 years, and brain injury remains the leading cause of death and disability in children and adolescents. The causes of brain injury are many, but the consequences are similar. Causes can include, but are not limited to, concussions, motor vehicle crashes, blast injuries, falls, assaults, strokes, infections to the brain, aneurysms, brain tumors, loss of oxygen to the brain.

The Purpose of this Course is to…

      • Increase awareness and understanding of the causes and types of brain injury
      • Increase awareness and understanding of students with brain injuries
      • Assist educators in understanding the unique characteristics that make students with brain injury a challenging and interesting population
      • Assist educators in how to assess and teach students with brain injury
      • Assist educators in understanding the unique characteristics of students with concussion returning to the classroom while still experiencing post-concussion symptoms
      • Assist educators in how to assess and teach students with concussion

Who Should Take this Course?

This course, created by the Children & Adolescents Committee of the Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey, is intended for general and special education teachers, school psychologists, educational consultants, social workers, guidance counselors, principals, speech and language pathologists and other professionals who work with students with brain injuries. The Children & Adolescents Committee is a long standing committee of the Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey dedicated to improving supports and services for children and adolescents affected by brain injury.

What is the Cost?

FREE! There is no cost for taking the course, and successful completion of the course provides educators with 10 professional development hours.

What is Included in the Course?

The contents of this course include information about brain injury, including: types and causes of brain injury, consequences of brain injuries, anatomy of the brain, and assessment and teaching strategies. Participants will complete three sections of the course that include required readings, a video lecture, and follow-up assessment quizzes.


Unit 1 – Brain Injury In Students

This unit provides a formal foundation for better understanding how brain injury affects students, and how school professionals can help students with brain injury, including an overview of sports concussion, how brain injury affects a student’s learning, and accommodations and strategies for working with students with brain injury.

Unit 2 – Concussion in the Classroom

This unit provides a formal foundation for better understanding how concussion affects students, and how school professionals can help students with concussion as they transition back to the classroom, including an overview of sports concussion, how concussion affects a student’s learning, and accommodations and strategies for working with students with concussion.

Unit 3 – Concussion in Youth Sports

This unit provides an overview of concussion, including information on the New Jersey Concussion Law, the New jersey Department of Education’s model policy, signs and symptoms of concussion, the risk of secondary injury (including the risk of second impact syndrome), and guidelines for return to play and return to the classroom following concussion. This unit is optional for those interested in learning more about concussion in youth sports.


Why should I take this course?

Educators will gain an increased awareness and understanding of students with brain injuries and their families. With an increase in the identification of students with brain injuries in schools, educators become vital resources for students, colleagues and families. This course will help educators understand the unique characteristics that make this a challenging and interesting population.

How do I register for the course?

To register for this online course, visit the Rutgers Continuous Education website and follow the instructions for registration. If you experience difficulty registering for the course, please contact the Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey at 732-745-0200 or contact us.

Click here for a PDF version of the Online Primer Course flyer.