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Bachelor of Arts degree with a Health and Wellness Major: Secondary Education Track  prepares students for health education teaching positions in secondary schools (grades 6-12). Students completing the Secondary Health Education track and graduating from Northeastern Illinois University are entitled to Illinois Professional Educator License endorsed in health education.

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Admission to the Program 

Students considering a major in Health and Wellness: Secondary Education Track should first make an appointment with the program advisor Ms. Marianne Morrissey; (773.442.4159) prior to the end of their first-year experience.

Degree Requirements 

Students in the Secondary Health Education track complete the Health and Wellness core courses. Secondary Health Education students complete the Secondary Health Education Professional Preparation courses, the Fall Clinical Experience courses, and Spring Student Teaching.


Required Core (19 credit hours)
PEMT 305 Functional Human Anatomy (4 cr)
HLED 212 Consumer Health (3 cr)
HLED 303 Sex Education (3 cr)
HLED 307 Human Diseases (3 cr)
HLED 309 Nutrition and Health (3 cr)
HLED 345 Drug Education (3 cr)

Electives (any 4 to total 12 credit hours)
HLED 103 Community Health (3 cr)
HLED 199 H/W & the Emerging Adolescent (3 cr)
HLED 314 Principles of Epidemiology in Hlth Edu (3 cr)
HLED 312 Current Health Concepts (3 cr)
HLED 316 Health Disparities: Indiv/Commun/Syst (3 cr)
HLED 342 Aging, Death, Dying (3 cr)
PEMT 306 Physiology of Exercise (3 cr)
PEMT 316 WIP: Writing in the Professions (3 cr)

Professional Preparation Level 1 (24 cr hr)
EDFN 305 Phil./Hist. of Public Ed (3 cr)
EDFN 306 Educ. and Individual Differences (3 cr)
EDFN 307 Psych. of Instruction and Learning (3 cr)
HLED 304 Org./Admin. of School Health Prog (3 cr)
HLED 308 Principals of Individual Health Practice (3 cr)
SCED 301 WIP: Methods Teaching on Sec. Level (3 cr)
EDFN 313 Problems, Issues, & Practices in Education (3 cr)
LTCY 301 Teaching Reading in Junior & Senior HS (3 cr)

Professional Preparation Level 2 (6 cr hr)
HLED 305 Health Ed. for Middle/High School (3 cr)
HLED 302 Field Experience: School Health Ed (3 cr)

Professional Preparation Level 3 (9 cr hr)
SCED 305K Secondary Student Teaching & Seminar in Health Ed (9 cr)

Licensing Requirements 

Illinois Licensure Testing System (ILTS) Test of Academic Proficiency


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