goals and objectives
Sources currently utilized in the development of the curriculum and knowledge base include:
- A Framework for the Development of Competency-based Curricula for Entry Level Health Educators. National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc.
- The National Standards for Health Education. Joint Committee on National Health Education Standards
- Ten Major Content Areas identified in widely accepted definition of Comprehensive School Health Education
- Connecticut Competency Instrument (indicators and attributes of excellence in teaching). Connecticut State Department of Education.
- Interstate New Teachers Assessment and Support consortium (model standards for beginning teacher licensing and develop) Connecticut Counsel of Chief School Officers.
- Provide the knowledge and skills necessary to teach the content areas of health literacy as established by the Education Commission of the State of Connecticut.
- Provide content that addresses the attitudes, health needs, practices, interests, and strengths of culturally diverse populations.
- Provide the knowledge and skills necessary to develop, assess, implement, and evaluate school health curricula and health programs for children and adolescents.
- Provide the necessary content and pedagogy to facilitate interactive learning that relates to health in the pre-kindergarten through grade 12 classroom setting.
- Provide up-to-date and developmentally appropriate materials, methods, and resources for teaching health.
- Provide opportunities for conducting research, advanced study, and/or personal growth related to school health educators.
- Provide an avenue for professional development and an opportunity to develop the skills and strategies for helping to promote change within school health education.
- The School of Education is a professional school whose mission is to advance the science and art of teaching and learning. The school is responsible for preparing teachers to work with individuals from birth through adulthood. The school strives to maintain a high standard of excellence in its programs and seeks to develop graduates committed to life-long learning, intellectual honesty, personal integrity, and respect for the rights and freedom of others.
Additionally, the School Health Program reflects five themes providing a conceptual framework for the entire School of Education. They are as follows:
- Scholarship - Understand the scope and sequence in a comprehensive school health education curriculum based on the knowledge and issues as it relates to teachers and students.
- Attitudes and Dispositions - Through collaboration with others, know how to create education programs and to create supportive interactions within the classroom, school, and community.
- Integrity - Analyze social, cultural, economic, and political factors that influence health.
- Leadership - Health educators know how to work with community resources to disseminate knowledge to plan, implement, and evaluate health education at all levels of the community.
- Service - Know the variety of communication methods and techniques to provide health information and foster communication between health care providers and consumers.
The National Commission for Health Education standards
Graduate-level students must posses all 10 competencies delineated by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc.:
- Assessing individual and community needs.
- Planning effective health education programs.
- Implementing health education programs.
- Evaluating the effectiveness of health education programs.
- Coordinating provisions of health education services.
- Acting as a resource person in health education.
- Communicating health and health education needs, concerns, and resources.
- Applying appropriate research principles and methods in health education.
- Administering health education programs.
- Advancing the profession of health education.
The Student Performance Objectives
- Students will be prepared to take and pass the Praxis II Exam as evidenced by passing the exam.
- Students will meet the Connecticut State Teaching competencies as evidenced by achieving the performance indicators for those competencies.
- Students will meet the American Association of Health Educators and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education standards by achieving the performance indicators for those standards.
- Students will be satisfied with the School Health Education Program as evidenced by their responses on surveys.
- Students will be employed as health educators or in related fields as indicated by
the results of program surveys.