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School of Education, Health and Human Behavior
School of Education

Applied Health-Health Endorsement

Want to teach students about health? Make yourself more marketable as a teacher? Better serve your school district and school? Advance your own training? Consider a Health Endorsement!

Middle School Health Endorsement: 

Teachers interested in teaching health at the middle school level are required to obtain a Middle School Health Endorsement.

To add the health endorsement to your license you must already possess an elementary education (K-9), secondary education (9-12), or special (K-12 or PK-21) endorsement on your license. You must complete 6 semester hours of middle school professional education coursework in addition to 18 semester hours of health education coursework.  The endorsement for the middle school grade range is grades 5-8 for those with elementary, special teaching or special education licenses and grades 6- 8 for those with a secondary education license.

High School Health Endorsement:

Teachers interested in teaching health at the high school level are required to obtain a Senior High School Health Endorsement.

To add the health endorsement to your license you must already possess a secondary education (9-12) or special (K-12 or PK-21) endorsement on your license. If you have an elementary education (K-9) license, the health endorsement is valid for 9th grade only.

You must take 24 semester hours (12 must be at the upper division or graduate level) of health education courses and passes the Health Education (142) test. Information about the test can be found here: ILTS Test Information: www.il.necinc.com. All Health Education courses at SIUE begin with the prefix PBHE.

Information about Health Endorsements from the Illinois Board of Education can be found here: http://www.isbe.net/licensure/requirements/endsmt_struct.pdf

Based on the content areas described by ISBE and in the licensure test for secondary health endorsement, the faculty in the Health Education program recommends the following courses:  

PBHE 111 Personal Health
PBHE 210 Sexual Health
PBHE 213 Violence & Injury Prevention
PBHE 220 Drug Use and Abuse
PBHE 305 Principles & Foundations of Community Health
PBHE 355 Introduction to Public Health
PBHE 363 Health Policy & Management
Additional 3 CR for high school: PBHE 230 Emotional Health or PBHE 240 Applied Human Nutrition or PBHE 410 Environmental Health (choose based on areas of study needed for the content exam).

The following courses are also recommended as they help develop pedagogy skills specifically about health (content may or may not be on the exam for the secondary health endorsement):
PBHE 370 Instructional Strategies in Community Health
PBHE 420 Contemporary and Controversial Issues in Health

You may also desire to expand your skills by taking PBHE 495 Grant Writing in Public Health in the summer. This course helps you locate sources of funding and prepares you to write a complete grant proposal for an RFP. This content is not in the exam for the secondary health endorsement.

Many of the above courses are offered in the summer semesters. We highly recommend that you take courses in the summer where class sizes are smaller and classes tend not to have waitlists.

If you are not currently enrolled at SIUE you must first complete an application for admission as a visiting student. Be sure to ask your employer about tuition assistance!

If you have questions about the health endorsement, please contact the health endorsement advisor Dr. Huaibo Xin. mailto:hxin@siue.edu.edu or (618) 650-3226.

Public Health
Faculty
Michelle Cathorall, Dr.PH.,
2013, University of North Carolina - Greensboro

David Cluphf, Ed.D.,
1999, West Virginia University
Chaya Gopalan, Ph.D.,       1988, University of Glasgow
Brianne Guilford, Ph.D.,
2013, University of Kansas

Erik Kirk, (Chair) Ph.D.,
2004, University of Kansas

Nicole Klein, Ph.D.
1995, University of Texas at Austin
 
Georgia Luckey, M. S.,
Doctoral Candidate

Alice Ma, Ph. D.,
2017, University of North Carolina - Greensboro
Bryan Smith, Ph.D.,
2004, University of Missouri - Columbia

Lindsay Ross-Stewart, Ph.D.,
2009, University of North Dakota

Joshua Wooten, Ph.D.,
2008, Texas Woman's University

Huaibo Xin, Dr.PH.
2011, University of North Carolina - Greensboro
Jennifer Zuercher, Ph.D., 2009, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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