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BSE - Undergraduate

Health Education

Program description

The Bachelor of Science in Education program is designed primarily to prepare a student for K-12 grade teaching in the discipline of Health Education and to provide an opportunity for the student to select another area of teaching proficiency. This program is a second teaching field only and must be taken with another teaching field. In addition to teaching health, the program prepares persons for careers in public health, commercial and private agencies and with county, state, and federal agencies.

What can you do with this degree?

The goal of this program is to produce effective educators of health education. These required areas of learning include:

  • The teacher of health education understands health education content, disciplinary concepts, and applies these concepts to the content knowledge development of a healthy educated person.
  • The teacher of health education understands the need to foster relationships with colleagues, parents/guardians and other professionals in the learning community and seeks opportunities to grow professionally.
  • The teacher of health education uses knowledge of effective verbal, nonverbal and media communication techniques to foster inquiry, collaboration and engagement in various health education settings and understands how individuals differ in their approaches to learning.
  • The teacher of health education uses an understanding of individual and group motivation and behavior to create a safe learning environment that encourages positive social interaction, active engagement in learning, and self-motivation.

The Health Education program has two offerings:

  • the bachelor's of science in education, designed primarly to prepare K-12 teachers (this is a second teaching field only and must be taken with another teaching field)
  • the online health education licensure for those who have current teaching license/certifications in other teaching fields and want to add health education

How do you become a health education teacher through ESU?

The teacher education program available for students wanting to teach at the secondary level – meaning junior high, middle, or high school – is a joint responsibility of this department and the department overseeing middle and secondary education. Learn more about what is involved in becoming a health education teacher here.

Degree requirements

For complete degree requirements for this teaching field, follow this link.

Admission requirements

Admission to the Health Education program occurs during the junior year of study. Students who wish to be a Health Education major must meet the following requirements:

  1. Possess an overall GPA of 2.5
  2. Possess a Health Education content GPA of 2.75
  3. Possess a General Education GPA of 2.75
  4. Passed the PPST Praxis I or the CORE tests
  5. Applied and been accepted into Phase I education
  6. Passed all Health content courses with a C or better.


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Physical Address

Department of Health, Physical Education, & Recreation
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1720 Morse Road
HPER Building, Main Floor
Main Office, Rm 219