Sexual Health Educator Training
Mississippi University for Women's (The W) Professional Learning Academy is offering three courses and a Sexual Health Educator certificate provided by The W's Department of Health and Kinesiology and Mississippi First. Funding for the training has now concluded. However, courses can still be purchased through the Professional Learning Academy for $59.00.
Each six-week course is completely online and self-paced through Outreach & Innovation's Professional Learning Academy. A total of 2 CEUs, 1 OSL, or 15 SEMIs can be earned. Mississippi maintains one of the highest teen pregnancy rates and sexually transmitted infections rates in the nation. By law, each MS school district must have a Sexual Health Education policy. HB 999 requires school districts to select teachers to assist with the implementation of this law. By taking three designated sexual health educator courses, a participant can apply for a Sexual Health Educator Certificate for a charge of $50.00. See below for class list:
Introduction to Sexual Health Education in Mississippi: Public Schools in Mississippi are required to teach sexual health education within secondary education. An introduction to the overall goals and objectives of sexual health education, as well as, an understanding of the different types of sexual health education allowed within the state of Mississippi helps educators become more prepared to teach a course in sexual health education. Participants will develop an understanding of the goal and objectives of sexual health education within secondary schools, the different types of sexual health education in Mississippi and the current terminology associated with sexual health educatio
Multi-Cultural Aspects of Sexual Health Education: Various cultures throughout the world view the teachings of sexual health education as informative, preventative, or even taboo. Teachers have students from all racial, cultural, religious, and ethnic backgrounds, therefore, approaching the topics within sexual health education can become a difficult task. This course will explore the various cultural aspects of sexual health education that teachers will encounter with their culturally diverse students. They will also be able to learn ways in which they can address obstacles and concerns from varying cultural diversities. Participants will learn how to address cultural aspects of sexual health education and varying issues of concern that are most common when teaching sexual health education to diverse groups of students.
Teaching Safe Sex Practices in the Classroom: Numerous forms of contraceptives are available to reduce unplanned pregnancy. Additional barrier methods are available to prevent the transmission of STI’s through sexual behavior. Teaching contraceptives and barrier methods in Mississippi can be difficult given the laws preventing demonstration. Learning skills to properly educate students on these topics is key to reducing unplanned pregnancy and STI rates. Participants will be able to identify different forms of contraceptives used for both STI preventing and pregnancy prevention and learn skills needed to properly educate students on using contraceptives to reduce unplanned pregnancy and STI transmission.