Human Sexuality and STD Prevention Education

Course Number:  EDU 5515 C44 (Graduate)
Instructor: Krystina Fernandez
Location: Online
Dates and Times: June 25 - Aug 10, 2018
Credits: 2 credits
Tuition: $1,060

Note: Please register directly with the Vermont Higher Education Collaborative (VT-HEC). VT-HEC will then give the link to Castleton's online registration form.

Course Description

This participatory, project-based course will provide teachers with the knowledge and skills to deliver effective standards-based sexuality education curriculum, instruction, and assessment. Vermont’s focus on proficiency based learning and teaching and the health education classroom will be addressed. Coursework will allow students the opportunity to explore a broad perspective on sexuality education, including what research indicates is effective, adolescent brain development, cross cultural sexual expression and behavior, attitudes and social norms, barriers to change, and communication skills all within the context of positive, healthy sexuality.

Audience: Current and Aspiring Health Educators

This course addresses the following content competency requirements per Vermont Standards Board for Professional Educators Rule 5440:

  • Personal Health (social, mental physical, emotional health maintenance including the development of responsible personal behaviors, safety, etiology of disease progression, diagnosis and prevention of disease, and healthful stress maintenance.
  • Disease (etiology of diseases, including their progression, diagnosis, treatment and prevention. Course work should include HIV?AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections).
  • Family health and comprehensive sexuality ed (issues of human growth and development families, relationships, reproductive health, abstinence, premature sexual activity, contraceptives, adolescent pregnancy, childbirth, adoption and abortion, including HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections).
  • The impact of societal values, norms and priorities on health education practice and the application of a variety of strategies to deal with controversial health issues.

Course Objectives/Goals

Course Goals:

To improve school-based sexuality education informed by research and theory in sexuality education and increase competence and confidence addressing contemporary sexuality topics and trends.

Course Objectives: Upon successful completion of this course the student will be able to:

  • Apply concepts, skills, and theories in the teaching of sexuality education:
    • Basic reproductive health anatomy and physiology, risk behaviors that lead to unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infection.
    • Accurate and updated information related to methods of preventing birth and sexually transmitted infections.
    • Skills that enable young people to avoid risks related to sexual behaviors. 
  • Analyze cultural forces related to sexuality:
    • Interpret the significance of family planning and explain effective methods of contraception.
    • Compare and contrast the influences of culture on sexual expression, gender identity, and sexual behavior
    • Examine the impact of technology on communication and sexual expression
  • Plan for effective school-based health education:
    • Identify standards, key concepts and characteristics of effective sexuality education.
    • Identify a variety of topics related to sexuality and suggest classroom integration strategies.
    • Analyze controversial issues facing teachers, parents, school administrators and policy- makers related to sex education in schools.
    • Analyze federal and state laws and local district policies pertaining to sexual health education.
    • Develop sexuality education content, teaching methodologies and assessments appropriate to diverse student populations.

Required Texts

Costs for required texts, if any, are not covered in the course tuition. Please contact VT-HEC with any specific text-related questions. 

National Health Education Standards: Achieving Health Literacy, by Joint Committee on National Health Education Standards Achieving Health Literacy

National Sexuality Education Standards Tools; Future of Sex Education Initiative; 2012.  

Vermont Health Education Sample Graduation Standards and Performance Indicators, by the Vermont Agency of Education, 2014. Health Education Sample Graduation Proficiencies 

The Sexual Health Module within the Health Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (HECAT), developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2012. 

Vermont Department of Health. Youth Risk Behavior Survey, 2015. 2015 Vermont YRBS

Sorace, Danene.; “Addressing Sexual Health in Schools: Policy Considerations.” Advocates for Youth, 2013. 

Rights, Respect, Responsibility: A K-12 Sexuality Curriculum, by Advocates for Youth; 2016. 

Kirby, Douglas. Ph.D.; Reducing Adolescent Sexual Risk: A Theoretical Guide for Developing and Adapting Curriculum-Based Programs; ETR Associates; 2011.

For additional course information

Krystina Fernandez

For additional registration information

Julie Medose

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