The Health Education 5-12 major prepares professionals to teach in the public or private school setting in grades 5-12 according to licensure standards determined by the Minnesota Board of Teaching and by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education.
Half of our Health Education 5-12 majors double major in Physical Education K-12, which may be accomplished in four years. If not the double major, Health Education majors are encouraged to consider a second middle level endorsement, a physical education minor or coaching minor.
Why should I study health education?
As an ambassador for health and wellness, you’ll play a critical role in health promotion and referral. Critical topics addressed include the following, with a view toward preventing disease and making positive lifestyle choices: Alcohol and drug use/abuse, mental health issues, violence, child abuse, nutrition, eating disorders, physical activity, and human sexuality.
What can I do with this degree?
You’ll be equipped to meet all licensure standards determined by the Minnesota Board of Teaching and by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education.
Our graduates currently work as:
- Teachers and/or coaches in public and private school across the U.S., including at the college level
- Teachers or directors of recreational activity programs (e.g., YMCA, camps, community recreation programs)
- School health coordinators
- Community health educators or specialists
- Leaders in community health agencies (American Red Cross, American Cancer Society, etc.)
- Federal, state, county, or local government employees
- Hospital or medical clinic staff
- Senior healthcare facility staff
Some alumni have gone on to graduate programs in:
- Educational leadership
- Occupational therapy
- Physician assistant
- Physical therapy
- Public health (epidemiology, environmental health, etc.)
What skills will I develop?
- Critical thinking
- Effective collaboration and communication with others
- Methods for teaching health topics
- Educational psychology
- Understanding personal and public health issues
- Integration of Christian faith with scientific and ethical study
- Classroom management
- Addressing the whole person of your learners
What unique experiences or opportunities will I have?
All Health Education majors complete a student teaching block at a metro-area school.