Sexuality Educator Certification Under Special Circumstances
AASECT recognizes that professionals can achieve competency as a sexuality educator through avenues other than the one described in the basic AASECT Certification process. The typical AASECT Certification requirements of sexuality education, specialty training in sexuality education, including intensive hours of supervision, help to ensure that AASECT Certified professionals have appropriate knowledge, skill, experience, and ethical standards to provide quality service to the public. ‘Special circumstances’ do exist, however, in which it is possible to definitively verify that a candidate’s knowledge, skill, experience, and ethical standards meet the AASECT standards for competency without having the candidate undergo the basic AASECT Certification process.
Sexuality Educator Certification ‘Under Special Circumstances’ is available to professionals who are recognized by their peers locally, regionally, or nationally as a highly competent sexuality educator and who can meet the following criteria:
I. Membership in AASECT
The applicant may hold Professional, Retired, or Life Membership in AASECT.
II. AASECT Code of Ethics
The candidate has read the AASECT Code of Ethics and documents in writing agreement to be bound by the AASECT Code of Ethics.
III. Academic and Professional Experience
The candidate has earned a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and has completed a minimum of fifteen hours of graduate work. The candidate has also accrued ten (10) years of professional experience (post Bachelor’s degree) as an educator (20 hours/week x 50 weeks/year = 1,000 hours/year). Only coursework from accredited institutions and/or AASECT approved or sponsored courses will be accepted to fulfill content requirements for certification.
IV. Human Sexuality Education
By means of transcripts, professional endorsements, or documented professional activity, the candidate demonstrates a thorough and broad-based knowledge of human sexuality.
V. Sexuality Education Training and Experience
By means of transcripts, professional endorsements, or documented professional activity, the candidate demonstrates competence in providing sexuality education, with experience of not less than 500 hours of providing direct service education on sex, sexuality, or sexual topics to students.
VI. Attitudes and Values Training and Experience
By means of professional endorsement or documentation of attendance at a SAR, the candidate gives evidence that he or she has explored his/her own feelings, attitudes, values and beliefs regarding human sexuality and sexual behavior so that they do not interfere in the provision of care. Attendance at an AASECT-approved SAR is highly recommended.
VII. Application and Approval Process
In addition to the appropriate application fee ($300), which is non-refundable, the candidate will submit 1 copy in English of the following:
All documentation will become the property of AASECT.
Upon receipt of a complete application package, AASECT will forward the application to the Sexuality Educator Certification Committee for action and approval.
- Cover Sheet including:
- Candidates name and address.
- AASECT certification being sought.
- Academic degrees.
- Certifications (other than AASECT) and/or licensure.
- An official transcript from program(s) where degree(s) were earned.
- Copy(ies) of state certificate(s) and license(s).
- Curriculum Vitae.
- A letter outlining the candidate’s work and training in the field of sexuality education. (Further documentation should be supplied upon request).
- A letter stating that the candidate has read the AASECT Code of Ethics and agrees to be bound by the AASECT Code of Ethics.
- Two letters of recommendation from professional colleagues (at least one letter must be from a current AASECT Certified Sexuality Educator). Letters should attest that:
- The candidate is recognized locally, regionally, or nationally as a competent sexuality educator.
- The educator’s professional conduct is ethical.
- All certified members are required to comply with the ethical standards established by AASECT as expressed in the AASECT Code of Ethics.
- Upon approval of the Sexuality Educator Certification Committee, the successful applicant will receive a certificate in recognition of having met AASECT requirements for certification in the area of sexuality education. This certificate shall be subject to renewal for the first time in three (3) years, and every three (3) years thereafter.
- Each AASECT Certified Sexuality Educator will be listed in the AASECT Membership Directory.
- Membership in AASECT will be maintained on an annual basis to retain the AASECT certification status. If membership in AASECT lapses, certification will also lapse.