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ERIC Number: EJ763584
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 5
ISSN: ISSN-8756-5943
Professional Standards for Health Education Teacher Preparation
Frauenknecht, Marianne
Health Educator, v37 n2 p24-26 Fall 2005
One of the most recent waves of reform in public education began in 1989 when the governors and legislators identified eight goals for the "Goals 2000: Educate America Act" (U.S. Department of Education, 1994). This legislation promulgated the need for standards-based education and impacted health education in several ways. "Goals 2000" specifically addressed teacher education and professional development, so that teachers could "acquire the knowledge and skills needed to prepare students for the next century" (U.S. Department of Education, 1994, p. 2). In other words, standards for teachers in all subject areas including health education were needed to specifically determine the competencies for professional development to be demonstrated. The professional standards for health education teachers have been developed based on the "necessary content, pedagogical, and professional knowledge and skills to teach both independently and collaboratively" (National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education [NCATE], 2001, p. 3). The "Program Standards for Health Education Teacher Preparation" presented in this issue were revised to enhance and support the training of pre-service health educators that will be certified to teach health education in public schools. These revised "standards" and "key elements" originally were published in the "2001 Guidelines for AAHE/NCATE Review of Initial-Level Programs for Health Education Teacher Preparation" (American Association for Health Education [AAHE], 2001), and AAHE is still considered by NCATE to be the Specialized Professional Association (SPA) for health education. Because of this process, 30 health education programs currently are AAHE/NCATE approved at the national level (AAHE, 2005).
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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