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So this year is my last in High School,and I'm all riled up for University, etc. As things are, I'm trying to become a Librarian, and I've got that all set up and now just need to go through with my schooling. It'll be a great career and one that's really well suited to my personality and interests, with lots of room for improvement. So in that vein I'm pretty solid.
What I want to do, more than absolutely anything else, is to teach Sex Ed. Obviously it isn't realistic to think I'll become one straight out of high school, and I've got around 9 years of volunteering at clinics and gender studies and health courses to go through while I'm in librarian sciences as well.
But just how exactly does one become a sex ed teacher?

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I'm not really all that sure, in all the highschools around where I lived we didn't even really have sex ed, we had health that included like a week of talk about abstinence and that was taught by a coach. So you would have to have some sort of teachers certification, probably to teach health, and you'd also have to live somewhere where there would be a position open. Another option, something that I'm looking into, is not a sex ed teacher in school, but more like a community educator, like public health.
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listlesslise , I was out of town when you posted this, so sorry for the delay.

Big kudos to you, for starters, for going into Library Sciences: librarians are s/heroes!

There are SO many ways to work in sex ed, even as a student. For instance, while still in school, you can organize or get involved in peer-to-peer education. Once you're out of school -- or during -- you can get involved in outreach programs in your area. Getting those positions usually just involves a bunch of trainings or being involved with an organization who does outreach over time.

In terms of in-school sex education, much of the time that either tends to be done by teachers already in those school systems who are teaching other subjects (and there isn't a special cert. for health usually needed: it just tends to be about who wants to do it and following the given curriculum that school has adopted), or through outreach organizations. For instance, Planned Parenthood and the independent clinic I work for part-time will often do outreach through schools as special visits.

Because sex ed isn't a year-long subject at schools, but is usually a mini-immersion, it's not something most teachers are going to have as a full-time position.

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