Make Your Mark

Make Your Mark

Health Education

Do you enjoy working with people?
Do topics like exercise, nutrition, the brain, psychology, and physiology peak your curiosity?
Are you interested in empowering people to be well and to experience positive health outcomes?

If you answered yes, then Health Education could be the major for you!

Health and wellness issues pose great challenges to each individual, our nation, and the world. Our Health Education major will prepare you to be an effective teacher and health and wellness advocate in secondary education facilities. You’ll be well prepared to work successfully in the school setting and other venues and to assist with wellness planning and developing coordinated school health programs. You’ll develop skills in:

• Planning
• Programming
• Implementation
• Evaluation

Health Education majors seeking teacher education certification must complete the requirements for the Illinois Initial Secondary (Type 09) Certificate which can be found in the Education, Health and Human Performance section of this catalog.

2013-2014 Program Catalog

Major Tracks

Health Education
- This major will prepare you to teach health education in grades 6-12 in the state of Illinois, as well as for a number of other professional health and wellness-related positions. This major has been developed to align with the seven areas of responsibility of the Certified Health Education Specialist.


Health Education endorsement - To earn a secondary endorsement in Health Education, you must complete 24 hours of health promotion & wellness coursework as described in the established endorsement program. You must also pass the health content area test.
Physical Education endorsement - To earn a K-12 teaching endorsement you must complete 24 hours from the physical education offerings, in addition to professional education requirements for both the Illinois Initial Secondary (Type 09) and the Initial Special K-12 (Type 10) certificates.

Related Minors

Coaching - Designed for majors who plan to include coaching in their career paths.

Sports Performance - Designed for students interested in working with athletes to improve skill and sports performance.

Program Highlights

Student Organizations: In addition to working in area schools, you’ll become a member of Wonders of Wellness which sponsors numerous health and wellness-related educational and service projects. You may also be interested in joining the Fitness Club, the Green Team, the Student Illinois Educators Group, or our new American Cancer Society affiliated group, Colleges Against Cancer.

Service Learning: You’ll have an opportunity to be a part of a variety of different experiences with diverse populations promoting a sense of health and wellness in the community.

Asset Training: You’ll be given the opportunity to receive training in the Search Institute’s 40 Developmental Assets. For 50 years, the Search Institute has been working to identify ways to support the development of healthy children through research, collaboration, and the creation of instructional materials.

Certifications: Upon completion of program coursework, you may be eligible to become certified as a practitioner in various areas.

Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) - The CHES certification is a voluntary program that seeks to identify professionally competent and dedicated health and wellness professionals in the field.

Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist: The Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist is awarded by the National Strength and Conditioning Association to professionals who demonstrate competency in their ability to “design and implement strength and conditioning programs for athletes in a team setting.” (

Meet the Faculty

Karan L. Onstott, Rh.D.

Associate Professor of Health Promotion and Wellness
Voigt Science 120A
(618) 537-6932

Deanne Riess, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Health Promotion and Wellness and Physical Education
Clark Hall 202B
(618) 537-6983