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The B.A. in Health Education 5-12 prepares you to teach grades 5-12 in public or private schools according to licensure standards determined by the Minnesota Board of Teaching and by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education.

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.

Half of our Health Education 5-12 majors double major in Physical Education K-12, which may be accomplished in four years. If you choose not to double major, we encourage you to consider a second middle level endorsement or a physical education minor.

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 coaches in public and private school across the U.S., including at the college level
  • Teachers and 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, and local government employees
  • Hospital and medical clinic staff
  • Senior healthcare facility staff

Some alumni have gone on to graduate programs in:

  • Education
  • Educational leadership
  • Nursing
  • Nutrition
  • 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

You’ll also have the opportunity to participate in the R.E.A.L. Experience—a program specifically designed to help you gain the relevant, hands-on experience employers desire—so that when you graduate, you’ll be as impressive in practice as you are on paper.

What unique experiences or opportunities will I have?


Throughout your time at Bethel you will complete more than 120 hours of face-to-face contact with students in four different settings prior to student teaching. All Health Education majors also complete a student teaching block at a metro-area school. You'll work in diverse settings developing and implementing lesson plans with students of varying grade and skill levels.

Join the Bethel HPE Club

This club will connect you with other Health & Physical Education majors and provide professional enrichment and offer opportunities to serve in the community.

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