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Course Number: Principles & Methods for Effective Health Education
Instructor: Krystina Fernandez
Location: Online
Dates and Times:

January 21, 2019 – April 19, 2019

Credits: 2 Graduate Credits
Tuition: $1,060

Note: Please register directly with the Vermont Higher Education Collaborative (VT-HEC). Notify VT-HEC if you wish to take the course for credit. VT-HEC will then give you the link to Castleton's online registration form.

Course Description

This participatory course will provide teachers with the knowledge and skills to deliver effective standards-based health education curriculum, instruction, and assessment. An examination of health education principles, theories, and practice will form the foundation of the course. Coursework will focus on the field of health education in terms of historical developments, theoretical foundations, National Health Education standards, and research-based methods needed to implement and assess effective skills-based health education.

 Audience: Educators working towards Vermont endorsement in health education

Course Goals & Objectives

Goal: To prepare VT health education, teachers/candidates, to demonstrate an understanding of the elements, practices, and principles that contribute to effective health education.


Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Describe the historical evolution of skills-based Health Education.
  2. Describe the concepts of health, the content areas of health education, and the essential skills needed to live a healthy lifestyle and apply this information to curriculum development.
  3. Identify current national (Vermont-adopted) health education standards and the laws and regulations that guide the development of comprehensive health education.
  4. Discuss and apply the principles and ethical issues of contemporary health education.
  5. Apply critical thinking skills to examine controversial issues in health education.
  6. Research, select and apply appropriate theoretical constructs that are used to plan health education curriculum.
  7. Access and use current, valid, and reliable resources for health information to support teaching and student learning.
  8. Integrate essential health skills as defined by the national health education standards across content areas.
  9. Plan effective, age-appropriate standards-based school health curriculum and assessment, including the development of proficiency scales..

Required Texts

Required Readings

  1. Evidence-Based Practice Brief: Video Modeling. National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders 10/2010 
  2. A Video-Modeling Program to Increase Functional Home Skills of a Child With A Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Morgan Heard; Megan Hansen; Ethan Boran, BS; Robyn Everist; Ketti Coffelt, OTD, MS, OTR/L 
  3. Implementation and Effectiveness of Using Video Self-Modeling with Students with ASD. Anna Merrill, Graduate Assistant, Indiana Resource Center for Autism and Joseph M. Risch, Special Educator, Avon Community School Corporation 

Supplemental Readings: 

  1. Using digital media in new learning models. JISC 
  2. Using Video Modeling to Teach Parents to Use the Natural Language Paradigm. Brittany Ann LeBlanc, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. December 2015 

For additional course information

Julie Medose
(802) 498-3350

For additional registration information

Bethany Sprague
(802) 468-1325

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