According to statistics gathered by the Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network, ten percent of the population is gay, bisexual, or transgender. These students come to school with the needs of any other student. They have a right to feel safe and accepted in order to learn. When a child senses that they are not accepted by their peers, they often seek the advice of someone they can talk to in a confidential setting, and teachers need to be prepared to help a student in this situation. This course is imperative as it will enable any counselor or educator to be a reliable source for those youth who feel marginalized due to their sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. There will be many supplemental sources and websites that will enrich the knowledge of all who take this course.
Carlow University ED 611 • Notre Dame College ED 630 A • The College of Saint Rose EDT 675
The required text for this course is The Right to Be Out: Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in America's Public Schools, 2nd ed., by Stuart Biegel.
Graduate participants earn 3 semester hours of graduate credit and will receive a transcript from one of our partner institutions below. Professional development participants will receive a certificate of completion for 45 hours of professional developments credit for face-to-face classes and 60 hours of professional development credit for online classes.
Session/Module 1: Uncovering our Own Biases
Session/Module 2: Defining the Acronym LGBTQI
Session/Module 3: The Absence of LGBT Education in the Classrooms
Session/Module 4: Sexual Orientation- Nature or Nurture
Session/Module 5: Bisexuality or Bi-Curious? Understanding the “B” in LGBT
Session/Module 6: Transgender 101- Dealing with the Most Marginalized Groups
Session/Module 7: Reaching Out to a Transgender Youth
Pronouns and/or names that differ from school records
Sensitize the teachers to students who are gender fluid and use unfamiliar pronouns.
Session/Module 8: Reaching Out to Students who are Coming Out
Session/Module 9: Creating a Workshop to Educate the Staff
Session/Module 10: Support Groups that Deal with the LGBT Community/Final Integration Project
Online 3-graduate credit courses are 13 weeks in length.
On-site weekend courses are held Friday evening from 6:00pm-9:00pm and Saturday/Sunday, 8:30am-5:30pm.
Weekday courses are Monday-Friday from 8:00am- 6:00pm.
It is the responsibility of the student to check with their state, county, district, or school to ensure that all requirements are being met by the course you're taking.
Check the Partner Universities page for specific university information as well as course numbers which are specific to the university partner.
Students are required to purchase their own textbook, the information for which can be found here. If no book is required it will be specified on the list. We have copies of many of the textbooks should you wish to purchase directly from TEI.
Professional development (PD) participants receive a certificate of completion from TEI for 45 hours of PD credit for face to face classes and 60 hours of PD credit for online classes. These certificates are mailed within one week of the end of the class and reflect the course title, dates of attendance, and credit hour information.