Field Experience & AASECT Certification

The Center for Human Sexuality Studies (CHSS) curriculum fulfills all of the American Association for Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists’ (AASECT) academic and supervision requirements for certification as a sexuality educator (CSE) or sex therapist (CST).

As a CHSS student, you will complete AASECT’s academic requirements for certification:

  • 90 clock hours of education in human sexuality;
  • 10 clock hours of Sexual Attitude Reassessment (SAR) experience; and
  • 60 clock hours of sex therapy training (Sex Therapy track students, only).

You will also complete the required supervision for your chosen certification (sexuality educator or sex therapist). 

Field Experiences and Training

All of our students gain hands-on practice experience in either educational or clinical settings, depending on their program track. Field experience is accompanied by a practicum course through which you will receive supervision from a faculty member. Your field placement will be located where you live, and students who live more than two hours away from campus can attend their practicum class via video conferencing.

Students in the Sexuality Education track complete a minimum of 50 educational contact hours over the course of one term. Students receive 25 hours of supervision by a faculty member through the accompanying practicum class. Student-supervisor interaction focuses on supporting the student’s progress in educational program implementation, curriculum development, lesson plans, and assessments. In their field placements, students gain experience implementing the theories of education, teaching methods, and lesson-planning skills they have practiced throughout their coursework. Students in the Counselor Education/Human Sexuality Studies interdisciplinary program also participate in this field experience.

Students in the Sex Therapy track complete a minimum of 250 clinical contact hours over two terms. Students receive 25 hours of supervision each term (50 hours, total) by a faculty member through the accompanying practicum class. Student-supervisor interaction focuses on increasing the student’s clinical competencies in assessment, diagnosis, treatment-planning, interdisciplinary treatment models, and professional development. In their field placements, students explore clinical developmental, health, wellness, and sexuality counseling theories, as well as how to appropriately apply them in their respective placements.

Students in one of our interdisciplinary programs with the Center for Social Work Education or the Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology may potentially fulfill their Human Sexuality Studies sex therapy field experience requirements as part of their Clinical Psychology or Social Work placement.

Please refer to our field experience manuals for more information: