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Certified Sexual Health Educator™

Certified Sexual Health Educator™

This certification is open to any professional in Iowa who would like to develop or enrich their skills in providing sexual health to adolescents. The certification process is voluntary and aligns with the National Teacher Preparation Standards. Becoming a Certified Sexual Health Educator allows professionals to competently and comfortably teach age-appropriate, medically accurate sexual health education while following a basic set of ethics.

       Empowering Educators Across Iowa


EyesOpenIowa has designed trainings in order to provide the core competencies to empower educators to provide medically accurate, age-appropriate, free of bias information to the adolescents they teach.

Eyes Open Academy training requirements will leave educators feeling comfortable, confident and awesome in teaching these sensitive subjects!

Certified Educators will demonstrate a high level of achievement in the field of adolescent sexual health.

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Certification Requirements:

Certification will be acquired through reaching the EyesOpenIowa Certification requirements. Initial certification is effective for a two-year period from date of issuance. 


A. Experience

Applicants must document 100 hours of experience working with youth (classroom, one-on-one, small group, counseling, facilitation). Applicants may complete 100 hours of experience while pursuing their certification.

Applicants must also provide a professional resume.


B. Professional Development

It is the professional responsibility of sexuality educators to practice ethical behavior and continue to attain knowledge through a variety of professional development opportunities.

A minimum of thirty-two (32) clock hours will be required for initial certification including the following required courses:

  • Awkward to Awesome aka Sex Ed Boot Camp (14 clock hours)
  • HIV/AIDS/STDS (7 clock hours)
  • Puberty/Reproductive Anatomy/Contraception (7 clock hours)
  • Four (4) clock hours of additional EOI-approved trainings of applicant choosing.

Previous training experience: If you already attended an EOI training you think aligns with the requirements above within the last two years from date of application, please provide EOI with a copy of your training certificate, along with name of trainer(s), date(s) and location. EOI will then determine if this class can be substituted. Providing this information does not guarantee the class will be accepted as a replacement.


C. Education

  • Bachelor’s Degree or higher, or
  • Associates of Arts Degree and an additional 35 clock hours of Sexual Health Education training (approved by EOI).
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is the difference between the Eyes Open Academy and the Certified Sexual Health Educator program?

The Eyes Open Academy is the school that houses all EyesOpenIowa classes. This includes both in-person as well as online classes and coursework. The Eyes Open Academy is open to any individual interested in professional development in the area of adolescent sexual health, regardless of what state they live in.

The Certified Sexual Health Educator program is a voluntary certification process for interested professionals and college students in Iowa. The purpose of certification is to establish a set of standards and assure development of skills, continued growth and ethical practice among professionals teaching sexual education.

Can I take classes within the Eyes Open Academy without becoming certified?

Yes! Classes, workshops and webinars within the Eyes Open Academy are open to any interested professionals. To view current classes and to register please visit the Training & Events website page.

What are the steps to becoming certified?

  1. Review the Certified Sexual Health Educator Handbook which you can download here.
  2. Complete the Certified Sexual Health Educator application. This can be located at the back of the handbook or you can access the online application below. If applying online, you can choose to apply and submit payment at the same time, or you can apply first and submit payment (via check, invoice, or online payment once your application has been accepted).
  3. Submit application, resume, youth experience hours and certification payment to: EyesOpenIowa, Attn: Eyes Open Academy - 4000 Westown Parkway Suite 204, West Des Moines, Iowa 50266, or email application to info@eyesopeniowa.org.
  4. Complete all required trainings as listed in the handbook. (An updated training list can be found on the Training & Events page.
  5. Once applicants have successfully completed all professional development requirements and youth experience hours, they will become certified as sexual health educators. Initial certification is valid for two calendar years.

Why should I become a Certified Sexual Health Educator?

The establishment of standards and a system of voluntary professional certification assures the development of skills, continued growth and ethical practice among Iowa professionals teaching sexual education. EOI’s Sexual Health Education Certification aligns with the National Teacher Preparation Standards for Sexuality Education created by Future of Sex Education Initiative (FoSE).

The purpose of this certification process is:

  1. To demonstrate professionalism, knowledge and comfort when teaching sexual health education.
  2. To promote respect for individuals, families and cultures when teaching sexual health education.
  3. To provide education in a manner that is age-appropriate, medically accurate and factual.
  4. To establish a basic set of ethical practices for sexual health educators.
  5. To promote delivery of material that that aligns with the Iowa Human Growth and Development Mandate.
  6. To implement effective teaching strategies and techniques when teaching sexual health education.

Can I substitute past trainings in place of required trainings for certification?

If you have already attended an EOI training that you think aligns with the required courses please submit a copy of your training certificate, along with date(s), name of trainer(s) and location to info@eyesopeniowa.org. Trainings must have been completed within two years of application date. Providing this information does not guarantee the class will be accepted as a replacement for a required training. Applicants will receive verification if training(s) qualify for substitution.

How often will the required trainings be held?

Required trainings will typically be held twice a year, with the possibility of regional trainings. Larger groups may request an individual training by contacting info@eyesopeniowa.org. The training calendar is located under the Training & Events Tab on www.EyesOpenIowa.org.

Do curriculum trainings count toward certification and recertification hours?

No. Our sexual health certification is geared toward the development of core skills for sexual health education. Curriculum trainings focus of the theoretical framework, lesson content, and teaching methods of specific curriculums instead of the core skills that certification focuses on providing.

Does the EyesOpenIowa annual conference or special events count towards recertification hours?

Yes, all EOI instructional events count towards recertification hours. Hour credits will be posted on event programs and certificate of attendance will be issued as applicable.

Can I turn in my Certified Sexual Health Educator application and paperwork before submitting my payment?

Yes. However, applicant will not receive certification until EyesOpenIowa has received full payment.

Can I use trainings from other agencies to count towards certification and recertification hours?

To ensure we can monitor the quality and content of trainings and to promote uniformity throughout our training school, we require certification hours to be completed through EyesOpenIowa. These hours can be achieved through a variety of ways including: in-house trainings, online coursework, virtual roundtables, and the EyesOpenIowa annual conference. If you have any questions or concerns about your ability to complete hours, please contact info@eyesopeniowa.org.

What if I don’t have 100 hours of youth experience?

Applicants can complete youth experience hours before submitting their application or while they are completing required trainings. For this purpose a “youth” is considered a person between the ages of 10 and 19.

How long do I have to complete the certification process?

Applicants have one year from the date of application to complete the certification process.

How long is my certification valid?

The initial certification period encompasses two calendar years, commencing from the first day of the month which follows initial certification. Dates of validation will be clearly printed on the sexual health educator’s certificate. Applicants will not become certified until all required trainings are complete, experience hours are complete and all payments have been made.

How many hours are required to recertify?

Applicants have two years to complete 32 clock hours of additional trainings approved by EyesOpenIowa.

Do I have to be from Iowa to participate?

No. EyesOpenIowa welcomes educators from any state. In fact, other educators from outside Iowa regularly attend EyesOpenIowa’s trainings.

If I have a large group that needs certified, such as a school district, can EOI present trainings at our location?

Yes, EyesOpenIowa is happy to provide trainings onsite for groups 12 or more. Please contact us for details.

Does EOI provide these trainings outside of Iowa?

Yes! EyesOpenIowa partners with agencies across the country. Contact us for details!

Where should I send my application and payment?

Applications and payment may be sent to:

EyesOpenIowa- Attn: Eyes Open Academy,
4000 Westown Parkway, Ste 204,
West Des Moines, Iowa 50266

Applications may also be emailed to info@eyesopeniowa.org.

Schedule of fees


Initial Certification (2 years, cost of classes are additional) - $1,000 fee

Recertification (2 years, cost of classes are additional) - $150 fee

Replacement Certificate- $25

 

In-Person Trainings

  • Awkward to Awesome - $450
  • Puberty/Reproductive Anatomy/Contraception + HIV/AIDS/STDs - $375
  • EyesOpenIowa Annual Conference - $249* (2018 rate, subject to change annually)
 

Eyes Open Academy (online training school)

  • Curriculum Overviews - $199
  • Essential Skills -$199
  • 1-Hour Online Course - $45
  • 1-2 Hour Online Course - $70
 

*prices subject to change. Grant funding fluctuates but often scholarships for classes may be available. If you are in need, please check with EyesOpenIowa.

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TRAINING REQUIREMENTS


Required Core Trainings include:

 

Awkward to Awesome (14 clock hours) - This high intensity two-day training is full of engaging activities and discussion around various sexual health topics. This training will help lay the building blocks for new educators and is a great refresher for those already in the field. This training will heighten the comfort level of adults teaching sexual health including; values clarification, boundaries, ethics, answering sensitive questions, facilitation including role plays, and creating a safe space for LGBTQ youth to name a few.  Participants will leave this training feeling confident and “awesome” about teaching such an important topic to adolescents!

HIV/AIDS/STDS (7 clock hours) - This engaging training will help participants increase their knowledge of the basics of HIV, AIDS and STDs. Participants will learn about the history of these diseases, testing, treatment and prevention. The most up-to-date research will be shared with participants along with tools to relay these messages to adolescents. 

Puberty/Reproductive Anatomy/Contraception (7 clock hours) - This dynamic training is a fun way to learn about puberty, reproductive anatomy and contraception. Participants will learn how to teach these topics to youth by engaging in numerous, easy to recreate activities. Participants will leave this training with not only a better understanding of the topic area, but also resources to use with youth.

 

Additional trainings:

Initial certification requires at least four (4) clock hours of EOI-approved trainings. Participants may choose to attend more than four hours at their own cost. Trainings are being consistently added, please visit the Training & Events page  for the most up-to-date list of trainings. Examples of topics covered include:

 
  • Alcohol/Tobacco/Drugs and Sexual Health

  • Classroom Management and Session Planning
  • Community Relationship Building
  • Consent 101
  • Healthy Relationships and Dating Violence
  • How to Teach Puberty
  • LGBTQ and Sexual Identity
  • Managing Controversy
  • Teaching Boys
  • Teens and Technology
  • The Adolescent Brain
  • Working with Pregnant and Parenting Young People
  • Working with Special Populations
 

EOI annual conference also counts towards recertification hours. Workshops and keynote credit hours are documented on conference materials. 

To inquire if a training or class qualifies for credit, please email info@eyesopeniowa.org 

 

APPLY FOR CERTIFICATION


You can apply for certification online, and select to either pay the certification fee immediately, or pay after you have started the application process. If you pay immediately, you will be prompted to enter your credit card details. If you select to pay in the future, you can pay via credit card or check, and we can send you an invoice if required.

Once you have completed the online form for application, you will be prompted to email your resume and additional documentation to us directly. If you have any questions about the process, please email info@eyesopeniowa.org.

Alternatively, you can download the  CHSE handbook and print out the form and return it to us with all the required materials (resume, documentation and fee) by mail. 

 
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IS YOUR CHSE CERTIFICATION EXPIRING SOON?

DO YOU NEED RECERTIFICATION?


How to Recertify:

To maintain certification, sexual health educators must apply for recertification every two years after the initial certification period.
(Example: Initial certification: January 1st, 2014, recertification January 1st, 2016, 2nd recertification January 1st, 2018). 


An application for recertification should include:

 

A. Complete an “Application for Recertification”, which can be accessed below or you can download the  CHSE handbook and print out the form and return it to us with all the required materials (documentation and fee) by mail. 

B. Complete thirty-two (32) clock hours of additional trainings approved by EyesOpenIowa. These trainings may be a mix of in-person and online course work as well as conference workshops and virtual roundtables. The cost of recertification trainings will be the responsibility of the applicant.  All trainings must be approved by EOI to count toward continue education hours and documented on “Application for Recertification Form.”

 It is the responsibility of the applicant to track course hours and provide documentation

Recertification fee does not include the cost of classes, which are an additional fee.

C. A fee of $150 is required at the time of recertification and is due no later than 30 days after certification expires.

 

APPLY FOR RECERTIFICATION


You can apply for recertification online, and select to either pay the recertification fee immediately, or pay after you have started the application process. If you pay immediately, you will be prompted to enter your credit card details. If you select to pay in the future, you can pay via credit card or check, or we can send you an invoice if required.

Once you have completed the online form for recertification, you will be prompted to email your additional documentation to us directly. If you have any questions about the process, please email info@eyesopeniowa.org.

Alternatively, you can download the  CHSE handbook and print out the form and return it to us with all the required materials (documentation and fee) by mail. 

 
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