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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

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School Health Education (5-12)

Throughout the nation's history, health and education initiatives have recognized the importance of health instruction in schools.  The outcomes of school health instruction, health literacy and healthy behaviors among young people, are key to improved educational achievement for students and improved health in the United States.  National and state standards for the preparation of school health educators describe what future teachers should know and be able to do in order to help their students' attain health literacy and engage in healthy behaviors.  The School Health Education teaching program meets these standards to enable future school health teachers from Minnesota State Mankato to be critical partners in developing citizens of the future.  This major meets Minnesota Board of Teaching (BOT) requirements for licensure in Health Education.

Admission to Program

Students planning to major or minor in an area of study in the Health Science Department have an advisor from their area of interest assigned to them. Contact the department for application procedures and advisor assignment at 507-389-1527.

School Health Education major admission requirements include:

  • Completion of a minimum of 32 credit hours
  • A "C" or better in ENG 101
  • A "C" or better in general education MATH
  • A "C" or better in HLTH 101
  • A "C" or better in HLTH 260

Professional Education admission requirements include:

  • A minimum of 32 credit hours
  • A minimum cumulative G.P.A. of 2.75
  • Evidence of registration for MTLE Basic Skills Exam
  • Enrollment in or completion of KSP 220W
  • A "C" or better in ENG 101 and
  • A "C" or better in general education MATH

Grade and GPA Requirement

Students must earn a "C" or better in all required general education (except Chemistry), required courses (except Human Anatomy), and elective courses in the School Health Education major.  Students must also maintain a GPA of 2.5 or better in the major (required general education, required, and elective courses).  A GPA of 2.5 in the major is also required for the graduation in School Health Education.