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Sexual Health Educator Training

Mississippi maintains one of the highest teen pregnancy rates and sexually transmitted infections rates in the nation. By law, each Mississippi 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.  After taking three designated sexual health educator courses, a participant can apply for a Sexual Health Educator Certificate for a charge of $50.00. 

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.

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Common Issues Associated with Teaching Sexual Health Education

Participants will explore the common issues impacting sexual education.  Sexuality Education has been around for decades, however, there are many implications/issues affecting the content of what needs are to be addressed in sexuality educational programs.

Faith-Based Sexuality Education

The inclusion and the exclusion of faith in sexuality education within the public schools is often a difficult area for teachers to navigate.  This course aims to help resolve some of the grey areas associated with sexual health education in the public school and religion.  In order to this it is important for teachers to spend time exploring their own personal values and beliefs.

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

Introduction to Sexual Orientation, Identity, and Expression

Teachers in all classrooms have students of different sexual orientation, identity, and expression.  Therefore, it is important for teachers to have a basic understanding of the terminology relating to these topics.  Sexual health education teachers are faced with additional challenges regarding the inclusion of sexual orientation, identity, and expression within sexual health education.  This courses will explore the current terminology and how best to include all students in your sexual health course regardless of sexual orientation, identity, and expression.

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.

Sexual Health Education: Reproductive Anatomy

A general understanding of the reproductive anatomy is required to accurately teach sexual health education.  This course provides an overview of the human reproductive anatomy and provide tips on how teachers can teach reproductive anatomy within a sexual health course.


With millions of new cases of STIs, HIV, and AIDs annually in the US, it is important for teachers to provide medically accurate information to students regarding STIs, HIV, and AIDS.  Students often have questions regarding specific STIs and how they are treated.  This course will help provide teachers with the information and resources to answer the difficult questions regarding STIs, HIV, and AIDs.

Teaching Methods of Sexual Health Education

To implement a successful Sexual Health Education program, educators need to know how to properly set the learning climate, and also understand how to utilize resources (Including the National Teacher Preparation Standards for Sexuality Education), proper research materials, and support services to create effective learning strategies for sexual health education programs. A well-planned sexuality education program is considerate of the culture within the classroom, sequential, and educationally sound.  Participants will learn about the numerous sexuality education programs that are available to be taught as part of school districts’ curriculum, and how to effectively implementing these programs.

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.


Mississippi University for Women's Professional Learning Academy Sexual Health Educator certificate was developed by The W's Department of Health and Kinesiology with the support of Mississippi First. Funding for the training has now concluded. However, courses can still be purchased through the Professional Learning Academy for $65.00.


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