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Planned Parenthood University is a professional development program offering a nationally recognized certificate program in sexuality education.

Program Overview

Planned Parenthood University (PPU) teaches essential skills for community educators in sexuality and reproductive health. Our distance learning program model develops excellence in three domains:  

  • Teaching and Learning in Sexuality Education
  • Implementation and Evaluation of Sexuality Education
  • Practicum in Sexuality Education

PPU is designed for working professionals, providing online distance learning and a supervised practicum experience to be completed in their local community. PPU is facilitated by Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands and endorsed by Planned Parenthood Federation of America. To obtain a certificate in Sexuality Education, participants complete a series of four courses. For additional information, please contact [email protected]



SE1: Comprehensive Introduction to Sexuality Education
Participants review the biological, psychological, and sociological aspects of human sexuality and apply this knowledge to the current and historical contexts of sexuality education.

SE2: Teaching and Learning in Sexuality Education
Participants continue to develop their skills to support sexual health decision-making and provide sexuality education. Skill development includes integrating and understanding several models and methodologies of teaching and learning into their practice.

SE3: Implementation and Evaluation in Sexuality Education
Participants further develop the skills introduced in SE2, ensuring that all teachers and trainers have the requisite skills to work effectively in their communities with a variety of students.

SE4: Practicum in Sexuality Education
The certificate program culminates with the practice and application of knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviors covered throughout the preceding courses. Participants will demonstrate their ability to skillfully design and teach lessons, analyze lesson design and critique presentation skills. Participants present a lesson under local observation and receive feedback and coaching by the course instructor.


Academic Calendar

Summer 2016
SE3: Implementation and Evaluation in Sexuality Education
Registration Deadline: 6/1/16
Classes Begin/End: 6/13/16-9/5/16

Fall 2016
SE4: Practicum in Sexuality Education
Registration Deadline: 8/15/16
Classes Begin/End: 9/5/16 – 12/5/16

Winter 2017
SE1: Comprehensive Introduction to Sexuality Education (New program begins)
Registration Deadline: 12/1/16
Classes Begin/End: 1/2/17-3/27/17

Spring 2017
SE2: Teaching & Learning in Sexuality Education

Summer 2017
SE3: Implementation and Evaluation in Sexuality Education  

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Credit and Grades

What credit is granted? By what institution?
Three hours of continuing education/professional development credit are granted for each course by PPU. The certificate program includes 3 courses and a practicum (for a total of 12 credit hours).

Can I apply the credits toward a degree program?
Students matriculating in undergraduate or graduate degree programs can petition to use these continuing education course credits to satisfy elective or independent study requirements, as permitted by their institution. Transcripts and program descriptions can be provided for students as needed. Documentation will be supplied upon request.

How will grades be given?
All courses are as Pass/Fail. Students can access the course grade book online. Students who do not complete all required work by the end of the academic quarter will receive a grade of Incomplete and are asked to submit outstanding assignments before the close of the following quarter. At that time, the grade will default to whatever grade the completed work merits.


What is tuition? Are there additional fees?
Each 3-credit course is $475 for Planned Parenthood staff and $625 for those from outside Planned Parenthood. Additional costs include all required texts.

Are there discounts for group registration? Are scholarships available?
Not at this time. The tuition for Planned Parenthood staff has been set as low as possible, to support affiliates with limited training budgets to access these programs. Some affiliates have found grant assistance to support staff attendance.


Must I register for the entire certificate program?
The first course can be taken as a stand-alone; it is the prerequisite to the subsequent courses. Since this certificate program works toward national standards (so that the understanding of what constitutes competencies in these areas is truly portable between Planned Parenthood affiliates and related family planning agencies) we hope participants will decide to complete the entire sequence.

Are there deadlines for registration?
Yes, to make sure students are registered and have timely access to the online course materials, registration must be completed several weeks prior to the beginning of each course.

Is there any limit to the number of people admitted into the program?
There is no registration limit for these courses, but where registration is greater than15 students for an online course, students may be grouped in virtual learning teams with separate instructor contacts.

How do I register?
Registration forms will be posted in November 2016 for the 2017 cohort. Download the registration form and send it to [email protected] or fax it to 206-568-2006.

Technical Requirements and Orientation

What kind of computer equipment do I need?
You will need a computer that gives you access to the Internet. In order to complete and submit assignments, you will need word-processing capability – MS-Word is preferred, but other programs can work as well. You will probably want to print out many of the online resource materials.

How will I learn to use the online program?
When you are first registered for these courses, you will receive a login and password for the online course management program, and access to an online tutorial. Ongoing technical support with the program is available throughout the course through instructor and PPGNHI support staff.

Program Content, Instructors, Outcomes

What level of sexuality educator is this program for?
Our students have included educators ranging from relatively new PP community education staff to extremely experienced Education Directors. While the content may be freshest for the most recently hired staff, a number of students with more experience have found that they received substantial new or in-depth information and material. The course may be very appropriate for someone whose training was generally on-the-job.

Who are the instructors?
Courses are taught by experienced professional master teachers from the education and training departments of Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands and other affiliates nationwide.

What other organizations recognize these certificates?
We have received formal endorsements from PPFA, AASECT and SIECUS. AASECT accepts the Sexuality Educator certificate in partial completion of their credential in the area of sexuality education.