Educator courses for teaching diabetes information cover diabetes self-management training techniques such as assessment of education needs, behavior intervention strategies and food regulation for diabetics, according to the American Association of Diabetic Educators. Educator courses instruct health care professionals how to teach self-management goals to improve overall health of patients.
Diabetes educators are employed at community wellness programs, hospitals, clinics and physicians' offices to assist diabetics with managing food intake, glucose levels and administering medication, explains the American Association of Diabetic Educators. Educators work one-on-one with patients to determine manageable goals to improve their diet, increase exercise and recognize risks that affect their blood sugar levels.
Training to become a certified diabetic educator typically includes more than 1,000 hours of diabetes self-management education experience working in the health care field and previous employment as an occupational or physical therapist, pharmacist, nurse or dietitian, according to the American Association of Diabetic Educators. Diabetic educators learn how to create customized meal plans for diabetics, disseminate information about how to manage diabetes through food intake and activity level and administer diabetes medication or insulin. In some cases, diabetic educators provide referrals for medical treatment and guide diabetics and their families through the progression of the disease.