Our Spark*ED online sex educator courses focus on the information, skills, and theory required to deliver impactful and inclusive sex education. Our philosophy towards sex education is at the heart of the Spark*ED curriculum and all course materials have been created with a social justice and racial equity lens and incorporate the latest information and research in the fields of of sexual health, gender, adolescent development, learning styles and behavioral change. Each course has been reviewed by content matter experts, including medical professionals, trainers, classroom teachers, public health workers, and researchers.
This three hour self-paced online training on Abstinence and Birth Control provides an overview of behavioral, hormonal, and barrier birth control methods, including abstinence. You’ll learn to teach about each method and its effectiveness, and how help young people navigate information when deciding what form of birth control might work best for them. The course is divided into four 30 - 45-minute bite-size pieces that encompass a range of learning styles including interactive assessments, videos modeling classroom instruction, and real-life scenarios. After taking the course you will be able to:
- Identify key teaching concepts for abstinence and birth control.
- Explain how to create and adapt inclusive lessons about abstinence and birth control.
- Describe the benefit of teaching about sexual abstinence and why abstinence may not be 100% effective.
- Describe traditional abstinence-only education and why it is both ineffective and non-inclusive.
- Describe different forms of birth control and the effectiveness of each one.
- Identify important factors one should consider when selecting a birth control method.
- Explain how hormonal birth control, barriers, and other methods prevent pregnancy.
- Identify where to find reliable, medically accurate information about birth control.
- Describe how to use a condom in a demonstration.
- Explain why it is important for everyone to learn about birth control, regardless of the type of sex they will or will not be having.