The health education major is designed to prepare students for careers in the field of school health education through the development of dispositions, knowledge and skills. To earn a degree, each student must complete the core requirements listed which prepare for practice in the public school setting.
This professional teaching preparation program is designed primarily to meet the needs of those interested in a teaching career.
Double Major: Because of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) legislation, it is recommended that school health option students double major in physical education. For further information about physical education, please refer the Physical Education Fact Sheet.
The following criteria must be met for an applicant to be eligible for consideration for admission to the health education program. Students will fall into one of three requirements:
- New freshmen admitted to NDSU in good standing qualify for admission as health education majors,
- Students must earn a grade of B or better in all core health education courses and must keep a 2.75 cumulative grade point average to stay in full-standing in our program.
- Students transferring into the community health option from other institutions or from other NDSU majors need a 2.75 grade point average (GPA) for admission to the program,
Teaching - School of Education: Students start the program in the Department of Health, Nutrition, and Exercise Sciences (HNES) and complete their degree requirements through the School of Education (SOE). Application to the SOE will occur during the semester a student is enrolled in EDUC 321. Completing the degree requirements for a health education degree in the SOE certifies a graduate to teach health education from 7th through grade 12. Students are encouraged to complete the Middle School Endorsement through the SOE.
Upon completion of the health education major candidates will:
- Demonstrate the dispositions, knowledge and skills necessary to assess individual and community health related needs,
- Demonstrate the dispositions, knowledge and skills necessary to plan an effective comprehensive and sequential health education curriculum and programs based on student needs and interests, community values and health issues,
- Be able to successfully implement health education curriculum and programs that focus of health literacy,
- Be able to consistently and effectively evaluate, revise and update education programs,
- Be knowledgeable about health education services available within the school, community and state to assist students and their families,
- Act as a resource for health education,
- Have acquired communication skills that will enable them to effectively communicate the health related needs and interests of students to administration, families and community.
- Be able to sit for the Certified Health Education Specialist exam upon graduation.
Graduates in community and school health education will find employment opportunities in community and voluntary health agencies, clinical and corporate settings, and elementary and secondary school systems. Industrial settings and governmental agencies at federal, state, and local levels provide services that require the abilities of the health education specialist.