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Teaching Human Sexuality in Education
EEND and MSED-737

  • Template 2016
  • Section TMPL
  • 3 Credits
  • 07/22/2015 to 07/29/2100
  • Modified 11/30/2020

Mission Statement

As a Catholic university rooted in the liberal arts, we are a welcoming community of learners challenged by Franciscan values and charism, engaged in a continuous pursuit of knowledge, faith, wisdom, and justice, and ever mindful of a tradition that emphasizes reverence for creation, compassion and peacemaking. We strive for academic excellence in all programs, preparing women and men to contribute to the world through service and leadership. 


Prepares educators to develop students’ skills in making informed and responsible decisions related to their development and sexuality over their life spans.  Topics of discussion will include an overview of human ecology and health; human growth and development; the emotional, psychological, physiological, hygienic and social responsibilities of family life, including sexual abstinence until marriage; prevention and control of disease; and the transmission and spread of AIDS, as identified as part of a comprehensive health education program.


College of Education Mission

The mission of the College of Education is to prepare competent and caring educators who understand students, serve the community and develop professionally to become ethical decision-makers and leaders.

Understanding Candidates

Candidates will develop skills in addressing essential human sexuality topics in an age-appropriate manner, with sensitivity and attention to fostering a safe and respectful environment for learning.

Serving the Community

Candidates will develop an understanding of what their community, school district, and state agencies identify as accurate, appropriate, and effective educational services, resources, and curricula to provide to their students.

Finding Our Professional Selves

Candidates will develop a strong grasp of human sexuality curriculum content in order to bring informed viewpoints to peer-educator collaborations regarding content presentation to students and future curriculum content development.


Access to standards referenced in this section can be found HERE

By the conclusion of the course, each participant will be able to do the following:

1. Evaluate the appropriateness of sexual education curricula in schools. (HETE: 1c)

2. Disseminate to a variety of audiences information on human sexuality education curricula. (HETE: 1c, 2b, 2c, 3a, 3d, 4a, 4c)

3. Assess the implementation of sexual education curricula in the context of state and/or national standards. (HETE: 1a, 1c)

4. Devise evidenced-based lesson plans on sexual education concepts to reach a variety of audiences. (HETE: 1c, 2b, 2c, 3a, 3d, 4a, 4b, 5d)

5. Assess the appropriateness of strategies used to establish the learning climate for the delivery of sexual education curricula. (HETE: 2b, 5b)

6. Devise strategies to present human sexuality education topics to students in a way that is age-appropriate and sensitive and respectful of where students are in their emotional development. (HETE: 2b–2d, 3a, 3d, 5a, 5b)


Bruess, C. & Schroeder, E.  (2018). Sexuality Education Theory and Practice (7th edition)


Weekly Discussion/Reflection

Candidates will respond to weekly discussion and reflection prompts

  • Course outcomes 1–6
  • Standards 1a, 1c, 2b–2d, 3a, 3d, 4a–4c, 5a, 5b, 5d

Weekly Assignments

Candidates will respond to different human sexuality issues and topics in the educational setting

  • Course outcomes 1, 3, 4, 5, 6
  • Standards 1a, 1c, 2b–2d, 3a, 3d, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 5d

Final Assignment

Candidates will create an 8 day human sexuality unit plan

  • Course outcomes 3, 4, 6
  • Standards 1a, 1c, 2b–2d, 3a, 3d, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 5d

Course Policies

Policies for the College of Education at University of St. Francis

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  • Method of Instruction
  • Expectations of Candidates
  • Online Courses
  • Attendance Policies for Site-Based and Online Courses
  • Minimum Standards for Writing
  • Computer and Digital Information Literacy Skills

Course Evaluations | Surveys

Information gathered through course evaluations and surveys is an important part of maintaining quality and continuous improvement in courses, and it is the University’s expectation that students will thoughtfully participate in this evaluation process.

Institutional Policies

Students should use the USF portal as the first resource for guidance and support on items such as student complaints, safety, security and transportation questions, contact information for various USF departments, student support services such as counseling and academic resources. Information on these resources can be found in the For Students section of the USF portal.

A complete listing of university policies and procedures can be found in the University of St. Francis Catalog and Student Handbooks. 

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity requires that all academic work be wholly the product of an identified individual or individuals. Collaboration is only acceptable when it is explicitly acknowledged. Ethical conduct is the obligation of every member of the University community, and breaches of academic integrity constitute serious offenses. Since a lack of integrity hinders the student’s academic development, it cannot be tolerated under any circumstances. Violations include but are not limited to: cheating, fabrication, facilitating academic dishonesty, plagiarism, and denying others access to information or material. See the University of St. Francis Catalog for further clarification and information on grievance procedures.

Services and Accommodations for Students with Disabilities (ADA)

The University strives to be in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA). A student who requires special accommodations or arrangements due to a disability should contact the Office of Disability Services. This contact preferably should occur no later than the first week of classes. Early contact before the semester starts is encouraged to allow sufficient time to provide accommodations. Extra time is needed for some types of accommodations such as sign language interpreters or special text formatting. Should a need arrive after the start of a semester; the student is encouraged to contact the Office of Disability Services as soon as possible. Note that accommodations are not retroactive. Each case will be reviewed on an individual basis to determine reasonable and appropriate accommodations.

USF is committed to ensuring the full participation of all students in its programs, regardless of the course format. If you have a documented disability and need a reasonable accommodation to participate in a course, complete course requirements, or benefit from the University’s programs or services, please contact the Office of Disability Services at 815-740-3631 or [email protected] . The Office of Disability Services is in the Academic Resource Center (ARC) and is located on the second floor of the LaVerne and Dorothy Brown Library in room L214. Consultations are welcome, please contact the Office of Disability Services for an appointment.

Technology Support

  1. The Department of Academic Technology (DAT) administers the learning management system Canvas. If you are experiencing any difficulty using Canvas or need technical assistance, you have several options to receive support, including:
  1. 24x7 Live Canvas Support. If you experience technical difficulties or have a question about Canvas, you can receive support 24 hours a day 7 days a week through the Canvas help menu. From the help menu, select Chat with Canvas Support for a “live” text-based click-to-chat session,
  2. select Report a Problem to send an email support request, or speak to someone directly by using the toll-free number listed under the Canvas Support Hotline.

NOTE: Responses to Canvas’ email-based Report a Problem request system will go to your USF email account, NOT your personal email.

2. Online Self-Service Help Resources. A student user guide and other resources for solving issues related to Canvas can be found at LearnItNow

3. Telephone Support from DAT. You can also phone the Department of Academic Technology for personal help at (815) 740-5080 or (866) 337-1497 (toll-free) between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Central Standard Time, Monday through Friday.

For any technical support issues that are not related to Canvas, please contact the USF Technology Support Center (TSC). You can reach them via:

Notice of Copyright

This course may contain copyrighted materials that are intended to support the learning experiences of students currently enrolled in the course. No student may retain or further disseminate any copyrighted materials, in their entirety or any portion thereof, under penalty of law.

Academic Support Services

The Academic Resource Center (ARC) located in Room L214 in the Library (815-740-5060) offers various types of academic services.  Online and distance learning students can contact ARC for appropriate resources.  ARC serves students who need tutoring in many areas of study including writing and math.  Library services include a number of online services and full text databases.  Call the Library at 815-740-5041 for additional information.  If you need academic-related resources or assistance, please contact the Academic Resource Center.

Additional Items

Course References

Kendall, N. (2013). The Sex Education Debates. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Boston Women’s Health Cook Collective. (1998) Our Bodies, Our Selves for the New Century. New York: Simon & Schuster

Additional Websites:

Sexual Education Resource for Teachers

Sex Information Council of the United States

Guidelines for K-12 Curricula for Sexual Education

Site for young people to make informed decisions about their sexual health

Neglected Heart Article
DCFS Illinois safe haven handout

Erin’s Law task force report

Alan Guttmacher institute

American Sexual Health Association

Gay, Lesbian and Straight Network

CDC’S Ado;escent and School Health Information

Sex etc is an site written by teens for teens for information about sex

Go Ask Alice, Provides answers to sexual health questions