Online Courses in School Health & Wellness Education

School Health and Wellness Education (Online)

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The Program

Background

School Health and Wellness Education California State University, Dominguez Hills now offers the School Health and Wellness Education online course series. The series is comprised of five asynchronous online courses to help K-12 school administrators, teachers, staff, and stakeholders implement evidence-based interventions as guided by The Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) grants under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

Each course is designed to support a well-rounded education, improve school conditions for student learning, and promote wellness as outlined in SSAE. The courses prepare professionals, build capacity among parents, and train stakeholders to establish and maintain safe and healthy places for children to learn using a whole child, whole school, whole community approach as indicated in ESSA. The courses also meet the guidance for school wellness under the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act.

Courses are stand-alone, credit/no credit, and no prerequisite coursework is required.

Each course will be offered in an asynchronous online format segmented into 5 modules each containing 20 task hours for a total of 100 task hours. Students may receive 10 CEUs through the CEIE at CSUDH.

Additionally, for professionals with Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) and Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES) status, each course has been submitted to National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. (NCHEC) as a provider for Continuing Education Contact Hours.

What You Will Learn

Research-based standards-aligned approaches are used to help identify need, determine strategies, and monitor progress to improve the health and academic outcomes of K-12 students. Data-driven progress-monitoring strategies are taught within each course to support the ESSA requirement for a comprehensive needs assessment every three years. The courses prepare professionals, build capacity among parents, and train stakeholders to establish and maintain safe and healthy places for children to learn using a whole child, whole school, whole community approach.

Courses

  • Comprehensive School Wellness | HEX 984

    A Comprehensive Needs Assessment with a Healthy School Improvement Plan focus will be developed using logic models, health, and academic outcomes research. Evidence-based activities and resources to support Social Emotional Learning under SSAE, Section 4107 and Safe and Healthy Students under SSAE Section 4108 will be explored. Capacity building will also include exploring crosscutting activities for staff development, stakeholder input, and parent education as indicated in SSAE.
  • Human Sexuality School Health Education | HEX 985

    The course is intended for K-12 public school and public health educators. Scientifically research-based approaches to human sexuality school health education will be explored. Students will develop lessons, advocacy tools, and parent education materials in support of K-12 standards-based human sexuality school health education.
  • School Drug & Violence Health Education | HEX 986

    The course is intended for K-12 public school and public health educators. The course relies on scientifically research-based approaches to K-12 substance abuse, violence, and intentional injury prevention school health education. Topics explored include: bullying and harassment prevention; suicide prevention; human trafficking; and sexual harassment, abuse, and violence including dating violence prevention. Students completing the course will write lesson plans, develop advocacy tools, and create parent education materials as outlined in the federal Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA).
  • School Health, Fitness & Nutrition Education | HEX 987

    The course is intended for K-12 public school and public health professionals. The course analyzes the factors that contribute to poor nutrition and physical inactivity among school-age youth. Students completing the course will apply standards-based approaches to lesson development, create research-based advocacy tools, and develop parent education materials as described in the federal Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA) and the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act (HHFK).
  • School-based Mental Health Education | HEX 988

    The course is intended for K-12 public school and public health professionals. Students completing this course will synthesize data to understand the prevalence of behavioral/mental health issues among K-12 populations as well as how to positively impact health and academic outcomes by engaging or reengaging K-12 populations. Students completing this course will write lesson plans, develop advocacy tools, and create parent education materials as described in the federal Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA).

The School Health & Wellness Education online series at CSUDH will support public school, public health, and other related professionals to improve school conditions for student learning and provide a well-rounded K-12 education. No prerequisite coursework is required and the courses will be Credit/No Credit. Due to the rigor of the course work, experience in public health, public education, or a similar profession is recommended.

Each course will be offered as an asynchronous online course segmented into 5 modules each containing 20 task hours for a total of 100 task hours. Students may receive a total of 10 CEUs through the CEIE at CSUDH.

Additionally, for professionals with Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) and Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES) status, each course has been submitted to National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. (NCHEC) as a provider for Continuing Education Contact Hours.

Who Should Attend

K-12 school professionals, public health professionals, parents, and stakeholders.

Eligibility Requirements

A Bachelors degree is required to take these courses. Due to the rigor of the course work, experience in public health, public education, or a similar profession is recommended.

Special Features

The courses:

  • can be taken independently;
  • focus on K-12 school environments;
  • focus on K-12 students, staff, parents, and community stakeholders;
  • link health with K-12 student academic outcomes;
  • are correlated to federal requirements for public schools including but not limited to ESSA-SSAE and HHFKA-School Wellness Policies and;
  • have been submitted to NCHEC as a CECH provider.

Funding

  • Interested students should work with their employers or funders to determine fee reimbursement.
  • Interested students should work with employers to determine professional growth credit.
  • Information for employers and funders may be found by accessing each course link.

Information & Registration

There is no admission process. When you're ready to register, call 310-243-3741.

Have questions about the program? Call 310-243-2075 (M-F) or email learn@csudh.edu

 

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