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Required Coursework

Program of Study

Course Requirements

HL 150 Critical Health Issues and Decisions in Society (3 hrs)

Critical Health Issues and Decisions in Society 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 & Personal Safety (2 hrs)

Theory and practice in the American National Red Cross Standard, First Aid, Personal Safety, and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation.

HL 350 Health Risk Factors (3 hrs)

(Prerequisite, HL 150.) This course allows students to obtain, interpret and understand basic health information and services. The class will examine the major concepts, ideas, research and teaching strategies related to health risk behaviors. Future professionals will also learn basic curriculum and lesson plan development and complete practical teaching experiences.

HL 355 Health Promotion Protection Management (3 hrs)

(Prerequisite, HL 150.) This course is an overview of the most common chronic and preventable diseases currently in the United States. A significant amount of time will be devoted to learning the most effective methods of preventing these diseases and how to effectively educate assorted at-risk populations regarding these methods.

HL 450 School Health Program - Fall Semester (3 hrs)

(Prerequisite, HL 350.) This course will prepare and train students in developing the skills that will enable them to be the professional critical thinker, creative planner, and effective practitioner teacher candidate, in accordance with the mission of the Teachers College at Emporia State University. The objective is for all teacher candidates to be prepared with essential knowledge, skills, and dispositions in the field of health education. This course specifically focuses on developing an understanding of the comprehensive school health program and provides information on strategic interventions of advocating, planning, implementing, and assessing the components of healthy schools.

HL 458 Teaching Sexuality Education - Fall Semester (3 hrs)

This course is designed to introduce future teachers to the various approaches of delivering comprehensive human sexuality information, including HIV/AIDS, in the classroom setting. Emphasis will be given to learning human sexuality content, legalities of teaching human sexuality, and to organizing and delivering age appropriate teaching strategies, which provide students an opportunity to make responsible choices regarding relationships and personal sexual behavior.

HL 559 Methods & Strategies of Teaching Health - Spring Semester (4 hrs)

(Prerequisite, HL 350 and HL 450.) Principles of PreK-12 school health instruction with emphasis upon curriculum construction, instructional strategies and materials, lesson plan development, actual teaching experiences, and evaluative techniques.

PE 262 Special Populations in HPER (2 hrs)

(Concurrent with PE264.) A study of common disabilities found across the lifespan. Discussions are held about the historical and philosophical basis for adapted physical activity, and the impact of state and federal legislation. Analysis of the roles and responsibilities of the educational/recreation professional and the inclusive educational environment also are examined.

PE 264 Special Populations in HPER Lab (1 hr)

(Concurrent with PE262.) This course provides the opportunity to gain practical application with individuals in an adapted physical activity setting. Practical experience involves assessing and implementing individualized educational programs to meet the needs of the disabled population.

This checklist has been created as a guide and is not considered an official document. Students are responsible for checking for required prerequisites in the University Catalog for all courses listed. For further information about meeting degree requirements, consult your academic advisor and the University Catalog.

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 you already possesses an elementary licensure and want to add health education, there will be additional requirements and course work in order to add health education.
  2. Upon completion of program, you must pass the 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. If you are applying to this program, you must seek licensure from your state before applying to this program.
  5. Although previous completed courses at other college(s) can be substituted for program required courses, you will need to complete at least eight 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.