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Health Education

Health Education Major

The Health Education major emphasizes comprehensive health education and is designed to prepare students for careers in the field of school health education through the development of dispositions, knowledge and skills.

School Health Education Teaching Option

This professional teaching preparation program is designed primarily to meet the needs of those interested in a teaching career.

Teaching — School of Education

Completing the degree requirements for a health education degree in the School of Education certifies a graduate to teach health education at the secondary level. Students may choose to enrich their background by selecting a major in physical education. It is recommended that students apply to the School of Education in the spring semester of their third year in the program.

Double Major

It is strongly recommended that Health Education teaching majors double major in Physical Education.

Physical Education Major: For further information about the physical education teaching option, please refer to the Physical Education curriculum guide or contact the department adviser.

Major Requirements

Major: Health Education - School Health

Degree Type: B.S.
Required Degree Credits to Graduate: 12

General Education Requirements

First Year Experience (F):
HD&E 189Skills for Academic Success (Students transferring in 24 or more credits do not need to take HD&E 189.)1
Communication (C):
ENGL 110College Composition I3
ENGL 120College Composition II3
ENGL 358Writing in the Humanities and Social Sciences3
COMM 110Fundamentals of Public Speaking3
Quantitative Reasoning (R): Select from current general education list3
Science & Technology (S):
A one-credit lab must be taken as a co-requisite with a general education science/technology course unless the course includes an embedded lab experience equivalent to a one-credit course. Select from current general education list10
Humanities & Fine Arts (A): Select from current general education list6
Social & Behavioral Sciences (B):
PSYC 111Introduction to Psychology3
SOC 110Introduction to Sociology3
Wellness (W):
HNES 217Personal and Community Health *3
Cultural Diversity (D): Select from current general education list
Global Perspectives (G): Select from current general education list
Total Credits41

Major Requirements

General Education Requirements40
Teaching Specialty Requirements
HDFS 135Family Science **3
HDFS 230Life Span Development3
or PSYC 250 Developmental Psychology
HNES 110Introduction to Health and Physical Education *3
HNES 200Principles of Nutrition *3
or HNES 250 Nutrition Science
HNES 341Psychosocial Aspects of Health *3
HNES 345Materials and Concepts of Health Education *3
HNES 367Principles of Conditioning *3
HNES 445Organization and Administration of Coordinated School Health Programs *3
PSYC 210Human Sexuality **3
PSYC 212Psychological Aspects of Drug Use and Abuse **3
Professional Education Requirements
EDUC 321Introduction to Teaching3
EDUC 322Educational Psychology3
EDUC 451Instructional Planning, Methods and Assessment3
EDUC 481Classroom Practice Methods of Teaching I: (Health Ed K-12)3
EDUC 485Student Teaching Seminar1
EDUC 486Classroom Management for Diverse Learners3
EDUC 487Student Teaching9
EDUC 488Applied Student Teaching3
EDUC 489Teaching Students of Diverse Backgrounds3
College Requirement
HD&E 320Professional Issues1
Degree Requirement: Potential of 19 credits to reach 12219
Total Credits122

Students must earn a grade of ‘B’ or better in these courses.


Students must earn a grade of 'C' or better in these courses.

Degree Requirements and Notes

  • A GPA of 2.75 or better in the teaching specialty is required to stay in full standing in the program, for placement in student teaching, and to exit from the program. 
  • A GPA of 2.75 or better in professional education requirements and completion of Praxis II and PLT exams, are required to exit the program.
  • Courses taken Pass/Fail will not be used to satisfy any requirements other than total credits.
  • See School of Education for admission requirements.
ENGL 110 (w Engl 100 lab)3ENGL 1203
HD&E 1891COMM 1103
HNES 110*3HDFS 1353
Hum/Fine Arts3Science/Tech3
PSYC 1113SOC 1103
Quant Reason3 
 16 15
EDUC 3213HNES 200 or 250*3
EDUC 3223HNES 217*3
Hum/Fine Arts3HNES 341*3
Science/Tech w Lab4PSYC 2103
Elective3PSYC 250 or HDFS 2303
 16 15
HNES 367*3EDUC 4893
PSYC 2123ENGL 3583
Science/Tech3HNES 345*3
 16 15
EDUC 4513EDUC 4851
EDUC 481 (HE Section)3EDUC 4883
EDUC 4863EDUC 4879
HD&E 3201 
HNES 445*3 
 16 13
Total Credits: 122

*Students must earn a "B" or better in all courses identified with an asterisk (*).

**Global Perspectives and Diversity requirements can be obtained through careful selection of Electives, Humanities/Fine Arts, and/or Science/Technology categories.

The following combinations of courses are suggested semester schedules that allow the student to complete the Physical Education/Health Education double major in a four-year span. The arrangement of courses is based on which semesters the course is offered, the classification and the prerequisites or co-requisites required for successful completion of the course. The 4-Year Plan should be used with the curriculum guide. Remember, this is only a guide and circumstances may change the plan. 

ENGL 110 (w/Eng 100 lab)3COMM 1103
HD&E 1891ENGL 1203
HNES 110*3HDFS 1353
Humanities/Fine Arts3HNES 255*3
PSYC 1113Science/Tech3
Quant Reason3SOC 1103
 16 18
EDUC 3213HNES 200 or 250*3
EDUC 3223HNES 217*3
HNES 254*3HNES 154*3
HNES 256*3HNES 341*3
Hum/Fine Arts3PSYC 2103
Science/Tech w lab4Science/Tech3
 19 18
ENGL 3583EDUC 451 (PE Section)3
HNES 301*3EDUC 4893
HNES 336*3HNES 345*3
HNES 367*3HNES 350*3
PSYC 2123HNES 353*3
 PSYC 250 or HDFS 2303
 15 18
EDUC 481 (HE Section)3EDUC 4851
EDUC 481 (PE Section)3EDUC 4879
EDUC 4863EDUC 4883
HD&E 3201 
HNES 445*3 
HNES 461*3 
 16 13
Total Credits: 133

* Students must earn a "B" or better in all courses identified with an asterisk (*).    

**Minimum 133 total credits for double major

***Global Perspectives and Diversity requirements can be obtained through careful selection of Humanities/Fine Arts and/or Science/Technology categories.