The School Health Education option prepares students for challenging careers working with children and young adults in the school setting. Graduates help students in community schools develop the knowledge, attitudes, and skills needed to live safe and healthy lives. School Health Educators work as members of coordinated school health programs, which also include school nurses, physicians, counselors, teachers, and other service personnel.
For students who desire to teach health in secondary community schools, completion of the School Health Education program effectively prepares students for the testing required in order to obtain the Illinois Initial Secondary Teaching Certificate.
The SIUE School Health Education program provides students with the competencies to assess, plan, implement, and evaluate quality health education programs. Students have opportunities to do clinical observations prior to student teaching, and throughout their course work they are required to do numerous presentations enhancing their skills. Ninety-nine percent of students have successfully passed the State's health content exam and are proficient in implementing the State's academic standards, as well as national health education standards.
Graduates of the School Health Education program may work in private or public school settings, from Grades 6 through 12. Graduates also could use this degree to pursue graduate work in health education or many related fields.