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Health Education

 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, then may choose courses that prepare for practice in the public school setting. The program integrates classroom and experiential community-based learning in many of its courses. 

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Acceptance to the Program

The following criteria must be met for an applicant to be eligible for consideration for admission to the health education program.  

  1. New freshman admitted to North Dakota State University in good standing qualify for admission as health education majors. 
  2. Students transferring into health education from other institutions or from other NDSU majors need a 2.75 grade point average (GPA) for admission to the program. 
  3. Students must earn a grade of B or better in all identified health education courses and must maintain at least a 2.75 cumulative GPA to stay in full-standing in the program. 
  4. Students entering school health education complete their degree requirements through the School of Education.  

Upon completion of the health education major, candidates should be able to carry out the seven areas of responsibility required by Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) certification:  

  1. Assess needs, assets and capacity for health education, 
  2. Plan health education, 
  3. Implement health education, 
  4. Conduct evaluation and research related to health education, 
  5. Administer and manage health education, 
  6. Serve as a health education resource, and 
  7. Communicate and advocate for health and health education.  

Double Major -- It is recommended that health education students obtain a degree enhancement through licensing, certification, a minor or double major. The school health curriculum has been structured to allow students to obtain a physical education major during the same four year time frame. 

Physical Education Major -- For further information about the physical education major, please refer to the Physical Education fact sheet. 

Sample Curriculum

General Education RequirementsCredits
First Year Experience
  HD&E 189 - Skills for Academic Success1
  COMM 110 -Fundamentals of Public Speaking3
  ENGL 110, 120 - College Composition I, II 3, 3
  ENGL 358 - Writing in the Humanities and Social Sciences3
Quantitative Reasoning3
Science & Technology10
Science Electives3
Humanities & Fine Arts6
Social & Behavioral Sciences
  PSYC 111 - Introduction to Psychology3
  SOC 110 - Introduction to Sociology3
  HNES 217 - Personal and Community Health3
Cultural Diversity-
Global Perspective-
College/Department Requirements Credits
HD&E 320 - Professional Issues 1
Total 1
Major Requirements Credits
HDFS 135 - Family Science 3
HDFS 230 - Life Span Development or
  Psyc. 250 - Developmental Psychology
HNES 110 - Introduction to Health, Physical Education, and
  Sport Management
HNES 200 - Principles of Nutrition or
  HNES 250 - Nutrition Science
HNES 341 - Psychosocial Aspects of Health 3
HNES 345 - Material and Concepts of Health Education 3
HNES 367 - Principles of Conditioning 3
HNES 445 - Organization and Administration of Coordinated
School Health Programs
Psyc. 210 - Human Sexuality 3
Psyc. 212 - Psychological Aspects of Drug Use and Abuse 3
Total 30
Professional Education Requirements
School Health Option

EDUC 321 - Introduction to Teaching 3
EDUC 322 - Educational Psychology 3
EDUC 451 - Instructional Planning, Methods and Assessment 3
EDUC 481 - HE Classroom Practice Methods of Teaching Health
      Education K-12
EDUC 485 - Student Teaching Seminar 1
EDUC 486 - Classroom Management for Diverse Learners 3
EDUC 487 - Student Teaching 9
EDUC 488 - Applied Student Teaching 3
EDUC 489 - Native Americans and Multicultural Instructional
Electives 17

This sample curriculum is not intended to serve as a curriculum guide for current students, but rather an example of course offerings for prospective students. For the curriculum requirements in effect at the time of entrance into a program, consult with an academic adviser or with the Office of Registration and Records.

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Evelyn Morrow Lebedeff Hall is located in the center of campus on Centennial Boulevard and is connected to the east end of the Katherine Kilbourne Burgum Family Life Center (Campus Map)

Contact Information

Connie Eggers, Academic Advisor
College of Human Development and Education
North Dakota State University
Dept 2600, PO Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108-6050

Tel: (701) 231-9847 / Fax: (701) 231-7174


Department of Health, Nutrition and Exercise Sciences
North Dakota State University
Dept 2620, PO Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108-6050

Tel: (701) 231-9613

Office of Admission
North Dakota State University
Ceres 114
Dept 5230, PO Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108-6050

Tel: (701) 231-8643 / Fax: (701) 231-8802

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North Dakota State University
Phone: +1 (701) 231-8643 / Fax: (701) 231-8802
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