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Department of Human Performance, Sport, & Health

Health Education - Teacher Licensure

As a health education major you will prepare for a career teaching in health related programs in K-12 school systems.  As a health educator you will be playing a vital role providing young people with the knowledge they need to make informed and healthy choices in order to prevent disease and live healthier lives.

Our Program

The health education teacher licensure program is an integrated program between the Department of Human Performance, Sport, and Health and the Department of Professional Education and has received a rating of "exemplary" in a Minnesota Board of Teaching Standards Review. As a health education major you will receive both theoretical and practical health education preparation, leading to State of Minnesota teaching certification. You'll culminate your coursework with a professional program planning experience in which you will gain experience working with local agencies and groups and will complete your professional education requirements with a student teaching experience in the field.

Community Partnerships

The health education program has strong community partnerships that will allow you to gain real world professional experiences in program planning and working with school aged children. Since its inception in 2001 we've been involved with B-WELL (Beltrami Wellness Education for Long Life) facilitating a county wide poster contest for fifth grade students that promotes a clean air and smoke free message which has correlated with a dramatic drop in youth smoking rates. BSU Health Education students also played a role in Beltrami county becoming the 2nd county in the state to go smoke free (prior to the state wide ban), developing and completing a smoke free readiness survey.

Career Options

The B.S. in Health Education will lead to State of Minnesota teaching certification and prepare you for:

  • Teaching health in secondary school system*
  • Entry into health related graduate degree programs

*Pursuing a dual license in both Health and Physical Education will allow you a wide range of teaching options and maximize your employment potential.


Health Subject Matter Licensure for Current Minnesota Teachers

If you are a current teacher with teaching experience and wish to obtain a content-specific license in health, we provide transcript evaluation and courses that will help you pursue the health education licensure. Following the transcript evaluation process, we'll determine the coursework you need to fulfill the subject matter standards for health. Classes can be completed either on-campus or online, making it the ideal choice no matter where you are in the state of Minnesota.


Contact Information

Dr. Karl W. Salscheider
Department of Human Performance, Sport, & Health
Phone: (218) 755-2770
Location: PE 219 

Dr. Donna Kay Palivec, Chair
Department of Human Performance, Sport, & Health
Phone: (218) 755-2047
Location: PE 226