Health Education Certificate
This fully online graduate level certificate program assists educators in identifying, designing, and implementing effective school-based health education in order to support the needs of schools and youth. Core components of the certificate courses will focus on comprehensive health education, coordinated school health, National Health Education Standards and the characteristics of effective health education curricula. Culturally responsive classroom practices and effective teaching strategies will be examined to support health education.
The certificate consists of three online courses, totaling 9 credit hours, and may be earned in one year. There are two track options for teachers to choose from: an elementary-focused track and a secondary education track. For the elementary track, enroll in the ELED courses and the for secondary education track, enroll in the SECE courses.
All courses are three graduate credit hours. Tuition is $359.50/credit, plus student fees of $10/credit, plus $100 online course fee, for a total of $1,208.50/course.
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Individual courses may be applied as electives depending on the course requirements for each concentration and faculty approval.
||Preferred Sequence & Term Offered|
|ELED/SECE 5540: Foundations of School Health Education
This course is an overview of the principles of behavior change as they relate to health education in both theory and practice. It examines theory in relation to current issues of education in general and health education in particular. This course will acquaint students with basic information, philosophy, and professional organizations unique to health education. This course will also examine the characteristics of effective school-based health education programs. Issues of ethnicity, culture, and race as they relate to health will be examined throughout the course.
|ELED/SECE 5550: Curriculum and Materials in Health Education
This course will support the application of behavior theory as it applies to specific health content knowledge and skills. The National Health Education Standards (NHES) will be examined to support identification of appropriate health skills as they relate to behavior. The Health Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (HECAT) will be used as a core component of this course and will serve as a framework to help select or develop appropriate and effective health education curricula and to strengthen delivery of health education curricula. Special attention will be given to the skills, instructional strategies, and techniques needed to develop a culturally responsive classroom to promote success for all learners. Critical analysis of current teaching practices will take place throughout this course.
|ELED/SECE 5560: Health Education Teaching Practices
The course provides an overview of health education teaching and learning strategies for use in school settings. Action research will be introduced and utilized as a method to examine current teaching practices. Special attention will be given to the skills, instructional strategies, and techniques needed to develop a culturally responsive classroom to promote success for all learners. Role-play, student assessment development, differentiation of instruction, and culturally responsive classroom practices will be examined. Opportunities will be provided to review and apply a wide range of strategies through readings, discussions, observations, planning, and critical analysis of quality teaching and learning in the health education field.