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2021 Summer Teacher Training in Safety/Driver Education Courses

The IUP Safety/Driver Education certification program will be run from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day beginning June 15, 2021. Three of the courses are offered in this time frame to make it easier on traveling. Please note that KHSS 251 is an online course and will only be offered in the fall/spring semesters. It will not be offered during the summer sessions.

There are multiple places to stay on campus or close which are reasonable. You can go to the Summer Sessions website for more information regarding summer school. The courses are KHSS 251, 252, 353, and 354 for the safety/driver education certification. If you have questions or concerns, call 724-357-4051. You can also call John Kashatus at the Pennsylvania Department of Education in Harrisburg concerning questions regarding teaching driver education in the public and private sectors.

Through cooperative effort with IUP’s Department of Kinesiology, Health, and Sport Science, the IUP Institute for Rural Health and Safety coordinates and directs IUP’s teacher certification program in Safety/Driver Education. Certification in driver education may be added to a valid Pennsylvania instructional certificate with the completion of four courses. Completion of courses will also enable those not seeking a four-year degree to become certified to teach commercially. The Pennsylvania Department of Education Safety/Driver Education exam is required.

KHSS 251 Foundations of Safety and Emergency Health Care (3 credits)

This course is offered every fall and spring session. The fall and spring session’s courses are offered in an online format. KHSS 251 will not be offered in the summer sessions.

Focuses on accident prevention, injury control, and first responder skills. Emphasizes identification of causes of accidents, recommended countermeasures, and mitigation. Emergency cardiac care certification issued.

There are no prerequisites for this course, and it is recommended that it be taken early in the student’s program.

KHSS 252 Introduction to the Driving Task (3 credits)

This course is offered every summer session as a workshop style course during one week of summer session one at the IUP main campus. It involves two lecture hours and two laboratory hours. This course provides an in-depth, thorough treatment of operating a motor vehicle competently in all major variations and under most conditions encountered within the traffic environment. A competent operator is considered to be one who performs the total driving task knowledgeably, skillfully, and desirably (with respect to behavioral characteristics); demonstrating full understanding and application of the identification, prediction, and decision process.

The prerequisite for this class is the student must possess a valid driver’s license.

KHSS 353 Driving Education Program Management (3 credits)

This course is offered every summer session as a workshop-style course during two weeks of Summer Session One at the IUP main campus. It involves three lecture hours. This course will prepare prospective driver education teachers to plan, teach, and evaluate the driver education classroom instructional mode. Actual experience of teaching high school students in supervised laboratory sessions is provided.

The prerequisite for this class is the student to have successfully completed KHSS 251 and KHSS 252 and possess a valid driver’s license.

KHSS 354 Application of Driver Education Instructional Modes (3 credits)

This course is offered every summer session as a workshop-style course during two weeks of Summer Session One at the IUP main campus. It involves two lecture hours and two laboratory hours. This course will prepare prospective driver education teachers to plan, teach, and evaluate the driver education instructional modes (simulation, multiple-car driving range, and on-street). Actual experience of teaching novice drivers (some maybe minors) in a supervised laboratory sessions is provided. The prerequisite for this class is that the student to have successfully completed KHSS 251 and KHSS 252, possess a valid driver’s license, and be at least 21 years of age.

KHSS 354 requires all prospective students to submit the following background checks to the KHSS Department prior to attending the first day of class:

  • Act 34 - Pennsylvania State Criminal Records
  • Act 114 - Federal Criminal History Record Information
  • Act 151 - Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare Child Abuse History Clearance

For more information concerning the courses, registration, and background checks please contact the IUP Office of Extended Studies:

Office of Extended Studies, Career and Professional Development Center
Pratt Hall, Suite 302
201 Pratt Drive
Indiana, PA 15705
Phone: 724-357-2235
ce-info@iup.edu

Louis J. Pesci, EdD
Faculty/Director of the IUP Institute for Rural Health and Safety
2712 West Pike Road
Indiana, PA 15701
724-357-4051
lpesci@iup.edu

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