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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.

The Health Education Program

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

Health education is an important course in the lives of our youth.  Students need to be healthy to learn and must learn to be healthy.  From mental health to human sexuality, from good nutrition to personal safety, health educators help teens make smart, health enhancing decisions to improve their physical, mental, social and emotional well-being.

The health education teacher education (HETE) program prepares pre-service teacher candidates to plan for the implementation of a coordinated school health model, now known as the Whole School, Whole Community and Whole Child (WSCC) model. The HETE program focuses on the development of quality school-based health education, using the National Health Education Standards as the foundation for curriculum development.

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 12th grade. 

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.

It is recommended that school health option students double major in physical education. For further information about physical education, please refer to the Physical Education Fact 

Career Opportunities

Graduates in 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.

 HEPE Handbook


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