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    Master of Science in School Health Education

    The Master of Science in School Health Education prepares professionals to become licensed health education teachers and coordinators in educational settings. Participants in our program who are currently licensed educators for another subject area will enhance their teaching by becoming updated on current content and skill development within the field of health education. Additionally, those who are not currently licensed educators can use the program to move toward teacher certification in school health education. 

    Courses within our program are geared to support the following standards:

    Professional Standards for Health Education Teacher Preparation – these standards align with the Areas of Responsibilities for Entry-Level Health Education and include:

    Area I: Assessing Needs, Assets and Capacity for Health Education
    Area II: Planning Health Education
    Area III: Implementing Health Education
    Area IV: Conducting Evaluation and Research Related to Health Education
    Area V: Administering and Managing Health Education
    Area VI: Serving as a Health Education Resource Person
    Area VII: Communicating and Advocating for Health and Health Education

    Source: National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. (NCHEC), Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE), American Association for Health Education (AAHE). (2010a). A competency-based framework for health education specialists - 2010. Whitehall, PA: Author.

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    National Health Education Standards (K-12 Educational Standards) (please link title with web-address: )

    EdTPA – Teacher candidate support assessment program, which aligns with InTASC and NCATE/CAEP Standards (please link title with web-address: )

    Graduates Are Employed In: 

    • Public and private schools
    • Regional education agencies
    • State education agencies
    • Public and private agencies 

    Currently there is a rolling admissions into this program.

    Note: We are currently revising our program to be offered as hybrid degree program during 2016. This will include Fall and Spring on-line courses, as well as two weeks of face-to-face trainings during two consecutive summers.

    Use the following link to learn more about the School Health Education 910 Add-on Program.

    Graduate students in the College of Science and Health can have many of their questions answered online at the Graduate Advising Website.

    Additional information for HEHP Graduate Students may be found in the 2013-2014 Graduate Student Guidebook (pdf).


    Dr. Lori Reichel
    Director of Master of Science Program in School Health Education
    UW-La Crosse 
    Health Education & Health Promotion 
    200 Mitchell Hall
    1725 State Street
    HEHP Department Information
    FAX 608.785.6792



    School Health Education Portfolios

    The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) requires that each candidate who prepares for a teaching career must have a portfolio of evidence documenting that the standards required for a teaching license have been met (PI 34.13). The Teacher Education faculty firmly believes that a Portfolio is a reflective process, and therefore encourages an environment of mentoring, reflecting and goal-setting through the portfolio system. Please see the links below for School Health Education portfolio guidelines and rubrics.

    Preparing to Teach Portfolio (should be completed prior to student teaching)

    Preparing to Teach Portfolio Guidelines

    Preparing to Teach Portfolio Rubric

    Student Teaching Portfolio (should be completed towards the end of student teaching)

    Student Teaching Portfolio Guidelines 

    Student Teaching Portfolio Rubric