Career Opportunities

Once school health undergraduate degree requirements have been met, and prek-12 licensure confirmed, graduates may seek employment in a public or private school district teaching elementary, middle, or high school learners. It is important to note that often school districts give priority to professionals who are also certified to teach an additional content area. While most frequently, pre-service health teachers complete additional work in physical education, accumulating credits for a “double major”; other teaching content areas have been acquired as well. Health education majors or minors, with an elementary education major, places a valuable asset in the elementary curriculum planning faculty and sets the stage for health education to begin from the outset of a child’s school experience. Majors or minors in science, languages, English and math have given the young professional teaching skills and knowledge consistently in demand by school districts. These combinations have proven beneficial in making the candidate more marketable as they consider positions in health education. UW-La Crosse graduates have successfully procured teacher licensure in other states by fulfilling licensure expectations for that state. Positions in community agencies that focus on the health of prek-12 youth have also been viable options for the UWL school health educator.

Testimonials from graduates/students

  • "The professors are great to work with, and the classes are interactive and relative to today’s health issues."
  • "School health education is a great minor/major to coincide with physical education."
  • "School health education provided me with many opportunities for professional development. I especially enjoyed networking with peers and faculty members."
  • "School health is exciting and has opened many doors for me. I’ve developed my knowledge, skills, and even my own health. I will graduate with a great deal of satisfaction and confidence."

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