The B.S. in Health, School Health Option (SCH) option provides a background in the basic health sciences and pedagogy. This option prepares educators to plan, implement and evaluate health education in a variety of settings with an emphasis on teaching health in school settings. Graduates have the ability to acquire K-12 teacher certification credentials enabling them to teach in public or private schools. This option certifies students to teach health only, although students are encouraged to become certified in a second teaching field through the use of core curriculum and support field electives. Due to the high number of science courses required in the degree, science is most commonly selected for support field electives.
The increased demand for science teachers makes this a highly marketable choice. Students frequently take support field electives that also serve as course pre-requisites for professional schools such as nursing, physician assistant, physical therapist or other medical fields of study.
Each student completes appropriate course work in academic foundations and professional education. All students will complete a full semester of student teaching in a school setting as a cumulating experience. Prior to student teaching, students in the school health program will participate in several field experiences representing a variety of levels and types of instruction. The program consists of three phases in the development of their professional dispositions:
Phase I: Independent development opportunities
Students will be required to engage in 100 hours of self-directed field experiences in the schools, community, coaching or tutoring settings. Students may begin working on these hours upon entering the first phase of the program, and should seek direction from their advisor regarding the qualified experiences. Documentation of the 100 hours is required and students should use a Documentation Log to track these hours.
Phase II: Professional development sequence: Early field-experience
In phase II, within the context of HEFB/KNFB 222, students will be required to complete 45 hours of self-directed field work evenly divided between school, community, and coaching/tutoring settings. These 45 hours will be part of the overall 100 hours of self-directed experiences. No other course work experiences will be counted in the 100 hours from the independent development opportunities.
As students’ progress through phase II, a variety of directed field experiences will occur within the different courses. Students should be aware that when taking courses listed in the professional development sequence (see below) additional hours outside of class meetings will be required. The amount of time required is indicated with each course listed.
Field experiences are designed to prepare students for the unique settings they will encounter as health educators. Classroom experiences are provided in a support field of the students choosing to enhance their ability to teach additional content such as science, math, English, etc.
Phase III: Professional development sequence: Student teaching
In the final phase of the program, all students will participate in a semester long (12 week) student teaching experience aligned with public school calendars in the state of Texas. During this experience, they will be placed in both their primary teaching field of either health or physical education and in their self-selected support field of science, math, English, etc.
Note: Applicants are reviewed by committee and admitted on a competitive basis. Meeting the minimum requirements listed does not guarantee admission.