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Continuing Education for Certified Health Education Specialists

Mississippi University for Women has been granted approval as a multiple event provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) for Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES)/Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES) through the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. 

Each six-week course earns 20 CECHS with some courses earning advanced level (see below). Registration per course is $65.00 and is non-refundable.  The registration fee includes your CECH certificate. Basic computer skills and high speed internet are required.

Courses currently offered:

Active Classroom: Participants will learn about the positive relationship between physical activity and learning and how to incorporate physical activity in the teaching of academic subjects.

Basics of Nutrition: Participants will learn the tools needed to create healthy eating patterns and how to incorporate this routine in daily food choices.

Collaboration in the Workplace: Participants will learn how to establish shared goals or vision in all areas of your life.

Common Issues Associated with Teaching Sexual Health Education: Participants will explore the common issues impacting sexual education.  Sexuality Education has been around for decades, however, there are many implications/issues affecting the content of what needs are to be addressed in sexuality educational programs.

Communication in the Workplace: Participants will evaluate their current communication skills and determine areas of growth.

Conflict Resolution (Advanced Level Credits Available): Participants will learn more about conflict and how to confront and manage difficult situations with confidence.

Developing Emotional Intelligence: Participants will learn what EI is and how they can develop it in themselves and others to improve relationships reduce stress and achieve great levels of happiness.

Emotional Intelligence and Leadership: Participants will learn the qualities of an emotionally intelligent leader and how to increase their capacity to lead.

Faith-Based Sexuality Education: The inclusion and the exclusion of faith in sexuality education within the public schools is often a difficult area for teachers to navigate.  This course aims to help resolve some of the grey areas associated with sexual health education in the public school and religion.  In order to this it is important for teachers to spend time exploring their own personal values and beliefs.

Food Allergies in the School Setting: Children with food allergies are a growing population in today's schools. This course will seek to inform educators not only of the symptoms and treatment of food allergies, but also how to best serve these students who may be placed in their school. Topics covered include safety, symptoms, and treatment of food allergies, as well as how to make the classroom inclusive and supportive of students with food allergies.

Fostering a Healthy Classroom: Participants will gain a foundational knowledge of health and they will learn strategies to encourage health in their classroom.

Introduction to Sexual Health Education in Mississippi: Public Schools in Mississippi are required to teach sexual health education within secondary education. An introduction to the overall goals and objectives of sexual health education, as well as, an understanding of the different types of sexual health education allowed within the state of Mississippi helps educators become more prepared to teach a course in sexual health education. Participants will develop an understanding of the goal and objectives of sexual health education within secondary schools, the different types of sexual health education in Mississippi and the current terminology associated with sexual health education.

Introduction to Sexual Orientation, Identity, and Expression: Teachers, in all classrooms, have students of different sexual orientation, identity, and expression.  Therefore, it is important for teachers to have a basic understanding of the terminology relating to these topics.  Sexual health education teachers are faced with additional challenges regarding the inclusion of sexual orientation, identity, and expression within sexual health education.  This courses will explore the current terminology and how best to include all students in your sexual health course regardless of sexual orientation, identity, and expression.

Leadership and Effective Use of Community Partnerships (Advanced Level Credits Available): Leaders of the community will develop strategies for developing and maintain healthy partnerships.

Leadership and Generational Differences in the Workplace (Advanced Level Credits Available): Leaders will understand generational differences that affect work styles and explore how to use practices to improve the work environment.

Making a Bully-Free Zone: Participants will learn about the different types of bullying and prevention techniques to help those at risk.

Managing Stress in a World of Chaos: Stressed has become a common descriptive of adults as well as children in our society. This course will seek to inform participants not only of the symptoms and causes of stress, but also how to cope and manage stress. Topics covered include recognizing stress symptoms and stressors, and coping strategies in order to manage stress in the home/classroom.

Moving through Academics: Our bodies were made to move! In this course, we will explore the elements of dance and learn how to use them to teach in the academic setting. We will look at the difference between activities that use movement and activities that are integrated with dance elements. The examples that will be shown focus on Science and Math concepts, but the movement strategies that will be introduced can be modified for any topic or lesson. All of these activities are designed for the academic classroom, and can be adapted for any age.

Multi-Cultural Aspects of Sexual Health Education: Various cultures throughout the world view the teachings of sexual health education as informative, preventative, or even taboo. Teachers have students from all racial, cultural, religious, and ethnic backgrounds, therefore, approaching the topics within sexual health education can become a difficult task. This course will explore the various cultural aspects of sexual health education that teachers will encounter with their culturally diverse students. They will also be able to learn ways in which they can address obstacles and concerns from varying cultural diversities. Participants will learn how to address cultural aspects of sexual health education and varying issues of concern that are most common when teaching sexual health education to diverse groups of students.

Sexual Health Education: Reproductive Anatomy: A general understanding of the reproductive anatomy is required to accurately teach sexual health education.  This course provides an overview of the human reproductive anatomy and provide tips on how teachers can teach reproductive anatomy within a sexual health course.

STIs, HIV, and AIDS: With millions of new cases of STIs, HIV, and AIDs annually in the US, it is important for teachers to provide medically accurate information to students regarding STIs, HIV, and AIDS.  Students often have questions regarding specific STIs and how they are treated.  This course will help provide teachers with the information and resources to answer the difficult questions regarding STIs, HIV, and AIDs.

Strategic Management (Advanced Level Credits Available): This course is about strategic management—the excitement and challenge of providing the vision, developing the mission, and implementing the strategic intent for organizations.

Teaching Methods of Sexual Health Education: To implement a successful Sexual Health Education program, educators need to know how to properly set the learning climate, and also understand how to utilize resources (Including the National Teacher Preparation Standards for Sexuality Education), proper research materials, and support services to create effective learning strategies for sexual health education programs. A well-planned sexuality education program is considerate of the culture within the classroom, sequential, and educationally sound.  Participants will learn about the numerous sexuality education programs that are available to be taught as part of school districts’ curriculum, and how to effectively implement these programs.

Teaching Safe Sex Practices in the Classroom: Numerous forms of contraceptives are available to reduce unplanned pregnancy. Additional barrier methods are available to prevent the transmission of STI’s through sexual behavior. Teaching contraceptives and barrier methods in Mississippi can be difficult given the laws preventing demonstration. Learning skills to properly educate students on these topics is key to reducing unplanned pregnancy and STI rates. Participants will be able to identify different forms of contraceptives used for both STI preventing and pregnancy prevention and learn skills needed to properly educate students on using contraceptives to reduce unplanned pregnancy and STI transmission.

Using Personality Types to Enhance Leadership Skills in the Workplace: Leaders will develop strategies for effectively collaborating with coworkers by using knowledge of personality types.