Catholic Teaching on Chastity, Family Life, and Human Sexuality Education

Course Level: Basic

Course Summary

In their 2007 Chaste Living Guidelines the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) stated that chastity education"”teaching the proper use of sexuality within relationships"”should be mandatory for all Catholic schools, religious education programs for children, and youth ministry programs. While many dioceses today have a chastity/human sexuality/family life requirement in their catechetical guidelines, few have a course of instruction to prepare teachers and catechists to teach the topic. For this reason, many teachers and catechists feel unprepared, and so are reluctant to teach this part of the Church's message. The lack of qualified teachers also limits the number of parishes and schools who can even offer such a course of study.

This three-session course will introduce teachers and catechists to the Church's documents pertaining to chastity education, help them to understand what is expected of a teacher in chastity education, and offer appropriate teaching methodologies for teaching such a course of study. Included in this course is pertinent information a teacher or catechist will need if he or she is responsible for teaching a child-safety educational component.

Successful completion of this course earns 1.5 CEU's.

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