Seizure Training for School Personnel


Seizure Training for School Personnel (CDC Course No. RPWD 2903) was developed in response to the need for a consistent educational tool to help promote a positive social and educational environment for students living with seizures and epilepsy. The goal of this activity is to provide teachers and other school personnel with information they will need to recognize seizures and what steps to take if someone is having a seizure. The School Personne l training is geared to increase community attitudes about epilepsy through discussion, support cultural and linguistic competency through education, and increase parent satisfactions with their children’s student support services by equipping school personnel to recognize the values that guide and mold attitudes and behaviors.

Course modules include:

  • Seizure and epilepsy basics
  • Seizure Types and First Aid
  • Seizure Triggers and Precipitants
  • Seizures in School DVD
  • Providing Academic and Social Support

By completing the course, school personnel will be able to:

Recognize four common seizure types
Identify three types of impacts that seizures have on students

List three first aid steps in helping students having a seizure
Recognize three aspects that make a seizure a medical emergency
Define two basic aspects of social support for students with seizures
Describe three ways to academically support students with seizures

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Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

Who can take the course?

Anyone can take the course to learn about epilepsy in the school house settings, but the content is intended for school personnel who want an introduction to seizure identification and first aid strategies, including:

  • Classroom teachers
  • Special education teachers
  • Librarians
  • Teacher assistants
  • School bus drivers
  • Aides
  • IEP/504 Plan Team Members
  • Health Educators
  • Other staff members or volunteers in grades K-12

Are there any prerequisites to take the course?

There are no prerequisites to take the course.

How long does it take to complete the course?

Time to complete the course varies by each user. There is 1 required module in the training, and 1 supporting resource module which takes approximately 60 minutes to complete.

What materials or equipment do I need to take the course?

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How do I get credit for taking the course?

Upon completing the course, you must complete the online posttest and evaluation. Refer to the Instructions for Course Credit below.

How long is the posttest?

The posttest consists of several multiple-choice questions

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CEU:  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is authorized by IACET to offer (0.1) CEU's for this program.

CECH: Sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES®) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES®) to receive up to <1.0> total Category I continuing education contact hours. Maximum advanced level continuing education contact hours available are <0>. CDC provider number 98614.

For Certified Public Health Professionals (CPH)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is a pre-approved provider of Certified in Public Health (CPH) recertification credits and is authorized to offer (1) CPH recertification credits for this program.

DISCLOSURE:  In compliance with continuing education requirements, all presenters must disclose any financial or other associations with the manufacturers of commercial products, suppliers of commercial services, or commercial supporters as well as any use of unlabeled product(s) or product(s) under investigational use.


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Content will not include any discussion of the unlabeled use of a product or a product under investigational use.


If CNE Joint Provider:  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Epilepsy Foundation are jointly providing the CNE for this activity.


CDC did not accept commercial support for this activity.


Instructions for Obtaining Continuing Education (CE)

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