Health Education

Department Chair: Diane Burr,, (701) 845-7242
Faculty Contact: Diane Burr,, (701) 845-7242
Department Office: 149 Gaukler Wellness Center, (701) 845-7580
Schedule a Visit:, (701) 845-7101 or (800) 532-8641, ext. 7101


The Health Education major prepares students to work as health educators within secondary school systems, grades five through twelve. Students will engage in content that includes the study of nutrition, human sexuality, drug education, and contemporary health issues. The curriculum in health education seeks to enhance  knowledge in health services, health in the environment, and health instruction in the public schools. Students will become competent in the use of technology and will be able to demonstrate its application in the educational setting. Throughout the curriculum, learners will work with master teachers who will prepare the student to effectively teach in today's health education classroom.

  • Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)


The VCSU SHAPE Club provides students in physical education and health education opportunities to discuss current topics in their respective profession and collaborate to provide community outreach programs.  Also on campus, students can join Kappa Delta Pi (KDP) or Student North Dakota United (SNDU) among many other organizations.

Teacher Education Requirements

Students are typically admitted into Teacher Education during their sophomore year or beginning of their junior year of college. This program requires a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher and successful completion of the Praxis I test. Additional criteria for Admission to Teacher Education can be found at the following website:

“When coming to Valley City I was not positive on what I wanted to do. It did not take long after talking to the staff and being in a couple classes that the Health Education Major was for me. Pursuing this degree and being in the program has helped me realize I can make a difference. This program has prepared and given me confidence that I can help the up and coming generations.”  —Adam Krueger, Rosholt, S.D.

“Why did I choose the VCSU Health Education and Physical Education majors? These majors at VCSU offer a variety of classes and practicum experiences that give students a great opportunity to become excellent educators in the future. The professors here take extra time to get to know you personally and guide you through your experiences at VCSU to become the best person and teacher you can be.” —Danny Hangaard, Hankinson, N.D.


General Education Requirements 

English Composition
Select one of the following:6
College Composition I
College Composition II 1
Introduction to Professional Writing
College Composition II 1
Introduction to Professional Writing
College Composition III
Speech Communication
Select one of the following:3
Fundamentals of Public Speaking
Interpersonal Communication
Intercultural Communication
Select one of the following:3
College Algebra
Finite Mathematics
Calculus I
Elementary Statistics
Lab Science
Select two of the following:8
Concepts of Biology
General Biology I
General Biology II
General Zoology
Introductory Chemistry
Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry
General Chemistry I
General Chemistry II
Introduction to Earth Science
The Earth Through Time
Concepts of Physics
Introductory Astronomy
Introductory College Physics I
Introductory College Physics II
University Physics I
University Physics II
Introduction to Psychology Lab (Corequisite: PSYC 111 Introduction to Psychology) 3
Technology, Engineering, and Design
HPER 100Concepts of Fitness and Wellness2
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Computer Information Systems
Introduction to Programming in Java
Introduction to Structured Programming I
Discovering Computing
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Literature
Introduction to Film
World Literature I
World Literature II
American Literature I
American Literature II
Civilization, Thought, and Literary Heritage
Ethics and Philosophy of Science
1st Year Spanish I
1st Year Spanish II
2nd Year Spanish I
2nd Year Spanish II
Introduction to Theatre Arts
Acting One
Art and Music
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to the Visual Arts
Fine Arts and Aesthetics
Music Appreciation
Music Fundamentals
World Music
History of Rock and Roll
Social Science
Select two of the following:6
Understanding Media and Social Change
Human Communication
Principles of Microeconomics
Principles of Macroeconomics
Human Geography
United States to 1877
United States to Present
World Civilizations to 1500
World Civilizations since 1500
Environmental History
Native American Studies
American National Government
State and Local Government
Introduction to Psychology 2
Introduction to Sociology
Introduction to Anthropology
Additional Humanities or Social Science
Select one additional course from Humanities or Social Science or select from the following:2
Drawing I
Ceramics I
Survey of Geography
Group Piano for Non-Majors
Group Piano for Non-Majors
Concert Choir
Athletic Band
Concert Band
Planetarium Science
Theatre Practicum
Total Credits39

Major Requirement

Required Courses
BIOL 220Human Anatomy and Physiology I 14
BIOL 221Human Anatomy and Physiology II 14
HPER 210First Aid & CPR1
HPER 212Introduction to Stress Management2
HPER 300Drug Education and Information2
HPER 306Fundamentals of Teaching Health and Physical Education3
HPER 309Sport Nutrition Concepts3
HPER 315Communicable and Non-Communicable Diseases3
HPER 380Human Sexuality3
HPER 400Current Issues in Community Health2
HPER 390Secondary Health Education Methods3
SOC 220The Family3
Directed Electives
Select four hours from the following:4-5
Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries
Introduction to Physical Education
Introduction to Adapted Physical Education
Organization and Adminstration of Physical Education and Sport
Applied Probability and Statistics
Abnormal Psychology
Introduction to Gerontology
Total Credits37-38

Total General Education 39 Hrs
Total Major Requirement  37-38 Hrs
Total Professional Education Sequence 31-32 Hrs
Total Credits Needed to Graduate 120 Hrs

Professional Education Sequence

Professional Education Sequence
EDUC 240Educating Exceptional Students3
EDUC 250Introduction to Education3
EDUC 283Understanding Cultural Diversity in Education3
EDUC 300Educational Technology2
EDUC 351Secondary Practicum and Classroom Management1
EDUC 352Culturally Diverse Practicum1
or EDUC 464 Practicum in the ELL Classroom
EDUC 375Teaching Reading in the Content Areas2
EDUC 400Educational Psychology 22
EDUC 450Trends in Assessment and Educational Issues2
EDUC 480Student Teaching (Secondary) 210
PSYC 250Developmental Psychology3
Total Credits32

The same courses may not be used to fulfill requirements in two areas except when the student is graduating with a double major or more than one minor.

For degree and graduation requirements, visit degree requirements and graduation requirements.


Plan of Study

First Year
English Composition (Gen Ed)3Directed Elective or Minor2
HPER 2101ENGL 125 (Gen Ed)3
Lab Science (Gen Ed)4MATH 103 or 104 (Gen Ed)3
Technology (Gen Ed)3PSYC 111 (Gen Ed)3
UNIV 1501Speech Communications (Gen Ed)3
Wellness (Gen Ed)2SOC 2203
 14 17
Second Year
Credits towards minor3Additional Humanities or Social Science (Gen Ed)2
EDUC 2503Art and Music (Gen Ed)3
HPER 2583Credits towards minor3
HPER 3002EDUC 2403
Lab Science (Gen Ed)4HPER 2063
Social Science (Gen Ed)3HPER 2593
 18 17
Third Year
Credits towards minor and directed elective6Directed Elective3
Directed Elective2EDUC 3002
EDUC 2833EDUC 3511
EDUC 3521EDUC 3752
HPER 3093HPER 3153
Literacies (Gen Ed)3HPER 3803
 PSYC 2503
 18 17
Fourth Year
Credits towards minor3EDUC 4502
Directed Elective 2EDUC 48010
EDUC 4002 
HPER 2122 
HPER 3903 
HPER 4002 
 14 12
Total Credits 127

Please note:  This plan is intended for general information only.  Students are strongly encouraged to meet with their academic advisor each semester before registration.


Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will demonstrate the ability to plan, implement, evaluate, and reflect age-appropriate health education content in the communication of written lesson plans.

  2. Students will demonstrate the ability to effectively manage and transition in the Health Education classroom.
  3. Students will demonstrate the ability to provide for reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities.
  4. Students will demonstrate the ability to incorporate biological and behavioral sciences into the Health Education curriculum.
  5. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the societal influences on personal and community health.
  6. Students will demonstrate proficiency in first aid, CPR, and AED.