National teacher preparation standards for sex education

Toolkits & Guides
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The updated National Teacher Preparation Standards for Sex Education are divided into seven standards: Standard 1: Professional Disposition. Teacher candidates demonstrate comfort and proficiency with, commitment to, and self-efficacy in teaching sex education. Standard 2: Racial, Reproductive, and Social Justice and Equity. Teacher candidates demonstrate respect for individual, family, and cultural characteristics and experiences that may influence student learning about sexuality and demonstrate a commitment to racial, reproductive, and social justice and equity, and the intentional inclusion of all genders, racial/ethnic identities, and sexual orientations. Standard 3: Content Knowledge. Teacher candidates have accurate and current knowledge of the biological, emotional, social, and legal aspects of human sexuality. Standard 4: Legal and Professional Ethics Teacher candidates make pedagogical decisions on current federal and state laws and policies, school district rules regulations, as well as professional ethics. Standard 5: Planning. Teacher candidates plan age- and developmentally appropriate sex education that is aligned with best practices, standards, and laws and policies; emphasizes skill development; and reflects the diversity and needs of the school community. Standard 6: Implementation. Teacher candidates use a variety of effective instructional strategies to teach sex education based on current research, evidence, and pedagogical theory. Standard 7: Assessment. Teacher candidates implement effective and culturally responsive strategies to assess student attitudes, knowledge, and skills to improve sex education instruction.