About the Program

A one-of-a-kind program in Wisconsin, the school health education major is nationally recognized for excellence in preparing certified school health education professionals since the early 1970’s. Eight faculty, seven with doctorates in the field, two with extensive teaching experience in schools, facilitate the learning of candidates for a Prek-12 teaching licensure in school health education (Early Adolescence-Adolescence-EAA). A variety of learning experiences ground them in an understanding of the profession, health content most frequently considered in schools across the United states, and methodology that not only prepares this pre-service teacher in effective teaching skills but also sets the stage for them to practice these skills in first clinical and then student teachings settings. Finally candidates are prepared to plan and coordinate the prek-12 comprehensive school health curriculum based upon the academic standards for school health education. Graduates are able to be teachers, school health curriculum coordinators, and developers of health promotion and wellness activities for the community. Effective health educators can make a difference in the health and well-being of youth across the United States…a dynamic, worthwhile challenge in a time of rising health care costs and ever-evolving youth health concerns that can become adult health care concerns.

The Wisconsin Teacher Standards, evolving from the National Teacher Standards, are the framework that directs instruction for the school health candidates and constitutes the assessment process for graduating students. Ultimately UWL graduates are assessed in their competence in health education content understanding, their ability to develop instruction that is age appropriate, considers the whole child and differs based upon the needs of the individual student. The teacher candidate will show competence in developing curriculum and instruction that engages the student in skill-based instruction that promotes critical thinking and problem solving, shows variety and addresses the academic standards for school health education. Motivation and classroom management competence, effective communication, curriculum and instructional planning, must be accompanied by assessment that is skill-based and varied. Finally, candidates are assessed in their competence in reflection and self-evaluation and their ability and commitment to collaboration with their peers, school and community to meet the health needs of their students.


The School Health Education faculty wishes to promote healthier people participating and learning to live in healthier communities through our continued leadership in the development of competent, empowered and collaborative school health education endeavors by enhancing the health of all individuals, schools and communities.


To prepare PK-12 leaders in school health education who exemplify innovative professional competencies, thereby contributing to the development of healthier PK-12 learners.

To pursue this mission, School Health Education faculty and staff will collaborate to:

  • Provide the highest quality professional preparation.
  • Aim to cultivate professionals who are motivated, self-directed, continuous life-long learners.
  • Facilitate the development of school health educational professionals who reflect on their knowledge, skills and dispositions and attain Wisconsin licensure.
  • Provide innovative professional development opportunities.
  • Advocate for the advancement of health education.