Health Education On-Line Licensure Information

Thanks for your interest in our on-line licensure in Health Education.  Our health education program is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (Formally the North Central Association), as well as NCATE.  You can complete the entire program via distance learning. 

If your state requires you to complete a state accredited health education program: 

Emporia State University’s health education program is an undergraduate program.  We have created graduate level courses that meet all of the accreditation requirements for health education in the state of Kansas.  Below are the course requirements. Most people transfer in the undergraduate requirements (each person’s transcripts are evaluated to determine which courses they still need to complete), but if you haven’t you can still complete those here via online as well.

Course Requirements
Undergraduate Requirements
     HL 155 First Aid and Personal Safety - 2 hours (test out only)                                               every semester
     PE 266 Technology in HPER - 3 hours (or any equivalent tech course)                                 every semester
     7 hours of electives (decided in consultation with Advisor & can be graduate level)               depends on what taking – can be graduate as well
Graduate Requirements
     HL 710 Advanced Critical Issues in Health – 3 hours                                                             Fall semester
     HL 735 Instructional Strategies in Human Sexuality Education - 3 hours                               Spring semester
     HL 780 School Health Issues & Trends - 3 hours                                                                   Fall semester
     HL 800 Applied Risk Behavior Education & Strategies - 3 hours                                             Fall semester
     HL 850 Wellness Concepts & Prevention Strategies - 3 hours                                                Spring semester
     HL 820 Instructional Methods in Health Education - 3 hours                                                   Summer semester
Total Hours - 30 hours

Additional Qualifications/Information:

  1. This is a secondary education program and any applicant must already possess a teaching degree (certification/licensure) in another teaching subject before applying.  If someone already possesses an elementary licensure and wants to add health education, there will be additional requirements and course work in order to add health education.
  2. Upon completion of program must pass Health Education Praxis II Content Test (applied to Kansas residents, must complete before licensure is given in Kansas.  Check with your own state on this requirement.)
  3. Complete all Health Education classes with 2.75 GPA
  4. This program meets the Health Education requirements for the state of Kansas.  It is up to the state that the applicant is seeking licensure in to accept this program.  Applicants must first check with their state to verify acceptance of this program before apply for it.
  5. Although previous completed courses at other college can be substituted for program required courses, each applicant will need to complete at least 8 hours at ESU in order to receive program completion identification at the end of the program.

If your state does not require you to complete a state approved program but rather requires you to complete specific content areas &/or specific number of health education hours, you can still take the health education courses in order to meet these requirements. 

Application Process: 

  • You are to fill out the Application for Health Education Licensure provided by the HPER Department, which is needed for the Health Education Advisor and ESU’s Licensure Officer’s records since every state is different in their requirements.
  • You need to apply for admission into Graduate Studies.  Select "Apply to Graduate School" under Online Graduate Application. After creating a username and pin for the application, select the following:  Application:  Graduate Applications; Type:  First-time Licensure/Non-Degree OR Returning Licensure/Non-degree; Term:  Select the term you wish to begin the licensure program.  You cannot enroll in any courses at ESU until you have applied here and have been accepted.
  • Before, or after, applying - the Health Education Advisor can look at your transcripts to see what classes will transfer and what classes you still have to take. 

The tuition rate information can be viewed at

If you have any questions or need further information, please feel free to contact me. 

Dr. Shawna D. Shane, Ed.D.
Emporia State University
HPER Department
1 Kellogg Circle, Campus Box 4013
Emporia, KS   66801
(620)341-5848(w) or (620)341-6400(fax)

Undergraduate Courses

HL 150 Critical Health Issues - 3 hours
Course Description:    Examines underlying health and wellness issues and recommendations and the theory and practice of implementing health enhancement strategies. In addition, the relationship between health and larger cultural and societal issues are analyzed. This course encourages students to confront the broad issues that link health to political and social policies. Risk assessment and behavior change strategies will be addressed.                                   

HL 155 First Aid and Personal Safety - 2 hours (Test Out ONLY)
Course Description:  Theory and practice in the American National Red Cross Standard, First Aid, Personal Safety, and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation.

Graduate Courses

HL710 Advanced Critical Issues in Health – 3 hours

Course Description:  This health knowledge-based course for health educators will focus on tools and strategies to use with individuals in educational settings for enhancing their health knowledge and behavioral lifestyle motivations will also be presented as part of the course’s approach to the pursuit toward optimum health.

HL720:  Curriculum Development in Health Education – 3 hours

Course Description:  This course will examine health education curriculum in regards to various pro-active skills and strategies which enhance the success of health educators/professionals in reaching this population of students.  There is an emphasis on the critical lifestyle choices that are made and patterns of behavior that are established by adolescents which affect their immediate future health.

HL 735 Instructional Strategies in Human Sexuality Education - 3 hours   
Course Description:  This course will provide instructional strategies in the various areas of human sexuality education. The course will also focus on terminology, legal issues, cultural differences and relationships as they apply to human sexuality education. This course is most appropriate for those who teach at the K-12 grade levels.

HL 780 School Health Issues & Trends - 3 hours     
Course Description:  This course focuses on an analysis of specific health problems currently present within society.  Emphasis will be placed upon the role of the teacher in terms of content preparation, course planning, instructional methods and materials, as well as evaluation relative to respective critical health issues.          

HL 800 Applied Risk Behavior Education & Strategies - 3 hours    
Course Description:  This course provides an opportunity for identification and analysis of current issues and trends as applied to the risk behaviors that cause health problems, as cited by research related to the field of health education. Emphasis is placed on basic concepts, teaching strategies, debating current health issues, and writing and defending topic viewpoints.      

HL 850 Wellness Concepts & Prevention Strategies - 3 hours
Course Description:  This course is designed to identify the various factors influencing health decisions and behaviors. The development of strategies for effective use of health information and research in educational settings is discussed.                 

HL 820 Instructional Methods of Health Education - 3 hours         
Course Description:    This course is application of current school health instruction with emphasis upon curriculum construction, instructional strategies, lesson plan development, use of appropriate assessments and reflection practices.  Additional focus on health content in a multi-disciplinary approach within a school setting, exploring community involvement and an increase awareness on global diversity.