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Health Minor (Physical Education and Secondary Education)

Advisor: Bonnie Klassy, bjklassy@wisc.edu. Also consult with advising staff at Education Academic Services (EAS), Room 139 Education Building, 1000 Bascom Mall, 608-262-1651.

Minor Requirements

The Secondary Health minor may be completed by students in Physical Education or "added on" by teachers already licensed to teach at an appropriate level in Wisconsin.

This minor prepares teachers to (1) teach health as a separate course or as a planned integral part of other areas of instruction and (2) assist the school administration and teaching staff in developing a broad school health program. Note: Certification in a major area of interest must accompany the completion of this minor; students cannot be certified to teach only in a minor area.

Complete a minimum of 30 credits to include all coursework below. A minimum 2.75 GPA is required, based on all UW–Madison coursework included in the minor requirements.

Upon acceptance into their major program in the School of Education, students should meet immediately with the Health Education program advisor to work out a schedule and to be authorized for required Kines/Curric courses 541, 542, 561, and 567. Registration in this coursework is contingent upon this meeting.

Core Requirements—22–24 credits

  • Kines 116 First Aid and Basic Life Support, 2 or First Aid certification and CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers and Health Providers certification. Documentation of current certification (either adult or child) must be presented to the health education program advisor. If certification equivalent is used, the minor will only require 30 credits.
  • Physiol 335 Physiology, 5. Any course substitutions must be pre-approved by the advisor.
  • Kines/Curric 501 Health Information for Teachers, 3. This course should be taken first in the Curriculum course sequence (fall and spring semesters). Pre-authorization is required to enroll.
  • Kines/Curric 541 Organization and Administration of School Health Programs, 3 (spring semester)
  • Kines/Curric 542 Teacher Education About Alcohol and Other Drugs, 3 (spring semester)
  • Kines/Curric 561 Teacher Education in Human Sexuality, 3 (fall semester)
  • Kines/Curric 567 Issues, Materials and Methods in Health Education, 3 (this course should be taken last in the course sequence; fall semester)
  • Student Teaching. Curric 457 Student Teaching in Health Education, 2. To be eligible for student teaching, students must have completed all required courses for the minor with a minimum 2.75 GPA. Students applying for licensure after August 31, 2004, must take and pass a content exam; see below. A meeting with the Health Education advisor is required before submitting a student teaching application to EAS, Room 139 Education Building, 1000 Bascom Mall. Students should bring a current transcript to this meeting. Special arrangements can be made for teachers seeking add-on certification in Health.

Breadth Requirements—8 credits

Choose at least 8 credits from the following courses:

  • Cnsr Sci 478 Consumer Information, 3
  • Cnsr Sci 532 Health Care Issues for Individuals, Family, and Society, 3
  • Com Arts 325 Mass Media and Human Behavior, 3
  • Food Sci 120 Science of Food, 3
  • Inter-HE 111 Alcohol: Behavior, Culture and Science, 3
  • Kines 465 Principles of Relaxation, 2
  • Nutr Sci 132 Nutrition Today, 3
  • Nutr Sci 350 World Hunger and Malnutrition, 3
  • Kines 100 Exercise, Nutrition, and Health, 2
  • Soc/Psych 160 Human Sexuality: Social and Psychological Issues, 3
  • Soc Work 105 Health Care Systems: Interdisciplinary Approach, 2
  • Soc Work 453 Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse, 3
  • Envir St 112 Environmental Studies: The Social Perspective, 3
  • Envir St 308 People, Chemicals, Environment, 2

Substitutions: A wide variety of other relevant courses related to teaching about health are offered on campus. Substitution of another course (maximum of 3 credits) is possible but must be approved in advance by a health program advisor. Students admitted to a program in fall 2004 only may also apply Psych 201, 202, or 281 toward the 8 credits.

Content Examinations

All individuals seeking an initial Wisconsin State teacher's license after August 31, 2004, will be required to take an approved content examination. These tests, the Praxis II: Subject Assessments/Specialty Area Tests, are offered through the Educational Testing Service (ETS). Teacher education students at the University of Wisconsin–Madison must pass the required content examination in their area(s) of certification before they enter their final semester of student teaching. Passing the content examination is required for program completion. Individual teacher education programs may require students to take the examination at a specific point within this time period. Students who have already taken the content examination prior to being admitted to one of UW–Madison's teacher education programs must request the Educational Testing Service to send an official score report to Education Academic Services. More specific information (including registration information) is available here.