Some other popular certifications offered by this organization include the following: AIDS educator (lifetime membership), AIDS trainer, HIV prevention educator, sex information resource counselor, sexual health therapist, and volleyball instructor. If you are interested in becoming an AIDS educator or counselor, you will need to pay an application fee. Application fees are non-refundable. After your application fee has been paid, you will be sent a kit which contains the application form, teacher materials, and study guides needed for the certification exam. All materials will be provided by the American Association of Sexuality Educator for free. Your application fee is only a part of the cost of this course.
There is also a lifetime membership option for those who wish to become sexually oriented educators and counselors. If you choose this option, you will be required to pay an exam fee as well as periodic renewal fees. Renewing your membership gives you the ability to recertify each year. To become a member of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, you must complete and submit an application. You will need to provide a personal history, your name, address, phone number, height, weight, and date of birth. The information you provide here will help the sexual health clinic or school to determine if you qualify for certification.
If you complete the program, you will have the opportunity to take the state test and be certified in Sexual Health and Behavior Studies. This certification will allow you to teach and work in a variety of settings such as schools, community organizations, and health care facilities. There is no limit on the number of credentials you can have related to sexual education. The American Association of Sexuality Educators offers a Sexuality and Relationships Curriculum and Trainings program to support educators across the country.
To be successful in this program, you must be committed to your students and the program itself. It’s important to consider the needs of your students when you are designing your curriculum and how the program will be administered. This program requires a high level of involvement from the student and community members. Sexual health educators must work closely with their community partners and participate in local sexual health fairs. Participating and contributing to a community driven sexual education program adds validity and will allow you to build valuable community connections.
Sexuality and Relationships Education is an excellent profession for educators willing to develop relationship skills that will positively impact their students. Sexual health educators are an invaluable resource for persons of all ages who are sexually active. This program will benefit them as they strive to become more informed and passionate about the issues surrounding sex and relationships. By participating in this program they will also be introducing their own students to the vital information needed to make healthy decisions about sex.
For those considering this profession there are numerous certificate programs available to choose from. These programs range from a one-year associate’s degree to a master’s program. A one-year certificate program will allow the teacher to be familiar with basic concepts and methods used in sexual health education. A two-year program will allow the educator to be familiar with advanced methods and strategies that will be used in the professional setting.
There are currently several Sexuality and Relationships curricula and training courses being taught throughout the United States. Students interested in this profession can find a number of certificates, diplomas, and on-the-job training programs at schools, community colleges, hospitals, and even businesses. Most employers expect sexual health teachers to have a bachelor’s degree. The American Association of Sexuality Educators offers courses that are designed to prepare teachers for state licensing exams, certification examinations, and continuing education. By participating in the organization’s sexual education program teachers will be prepared for the career opportunities that will be available in this growing field.