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General Course Information for TED464: Mths Teach Sec Health Sci

Course: TED464 - Mths Teach Sec Health Sci
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Course Prerequisite(s):

Recommended: Prior completion of

Course Description:

Prepares individuals seeking a single subject teaching credential in Health Science to be effective and reflective teachers in middle or secondary schools. Candidates will learn pedagogical content knowledge, methods of teaching and learning, classroom management strategies, lesson planning, and assessment of student learning.

Course Learning Outcomes:
  • Utilize developmentally appropriate grade level content using the Health Framework and Health Education Content Standards for California Public Schools in the following areas: personal health and lifelong wellness; physical activity and fitness; nutrition and diet; mental and emotional health; consumer and community health; violence prevention and safety; alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs; sexuality and family living; communicable and chronic diseases.
  • Explain the role of the classroom teacher as a role model and leader in relation to development of students' physical, emotional, and social well-being; promotion of positive health choices; and coordination of school and community-wide efforts to improve the health of students.
  • Select learning management strategies that support positive learning environments and ensure healthy human development within the cross-cultural, linguistically diverse classroom.
  • Demonstrate instructional and technology materials and strategies appropriate for adolescent students.
  • Identify the local, state, and national community and educational resources /agencies, and Internet resources necessary for meeting the health education needs of all learners.
  • Explain multiple assessment practices and instruments that facilitate and account for learning and support positive growth for all students.
  • Design lesson plans in an approved format that meet grade level health expectations as identified in the Health Framework and Health Education Content Standards for California Public Schools and that incorporate appropriate instructional objectives, a variety of efficient strategies and technologies, sequenced and differentiated instruction to accommodate students'; needs, and assessment measurements of student growth and learning.
  • Discuss the professional standards, ethics, and reflective practices of the classroom teacher.
Specified Program Learning Outcomes:
  • Analyze the role of mass media, technology and the Internet in promoting physical, mental and emotional health literacy and behaviors.
  • Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the learning needs of students through the creation of positive learning environments.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of developmentally appropriate grade level health education content domains.
  • Demonstrate professional standards and ethics.
  • Describe how to support growth in cognitive, social, physical, and emotional domains.
  • Describe the relationship of personal, family, school, community, cultural and environmental factors as related to health behavior and physical, emotional, and mental well-being.
  • Design, implement, and evaluate standards-based lesson plans for learning and achievement in content areas.
  • Discuss the evolving role of a health science teacher as a culturally responsive health educator, counselor, advocate, and resource for individuals, families, and communities.
  • Discuss the personal, social, and legal requirements and appropriate prevention and intervention strategies in providing a safe, inclusive school environment.
  • Examine components of research-based health education and health promotion programs / practices including coordinated school health programs.
  • Identify cognitive, social, and physical characteristics, growth, and development of healthy adolescents, at-risk adolescents and those who have health problems.
  • Integrate educational technology to meet the needs of all learners.
  • Utilize different teaching strategies to accomplish teaching and learning goals.
  • Utilize health promotion materials, lessons, and programs to reduce health risk behavior and increase positive health behaviors.
  • Utilize systematic observations, documentation, and other effective assessment strategies in a responsible manner to facilitate and account for learning and to support positive growth.

Students with Disabilities:
Students seeking special accommodations due to a disability must submit an application with supporting documentation, as explained under this subject heading in the General Catalog. Instructors are required to provide such accommodations if they receive written notification from the University.

Writing Across the Curriculum:
Students are expected to demonstrate writing skills in describing, analyzing and evaluating ideas and experiences. Written reports and research papers must follow specific standards regarding citations of an author's work within the text and references at the end of the paper. Students are encouraged to use the services of the University's Writing Center when preparing materials.

The following website provides information on APA, MLA, and other writing and citation styles that may be required for term papers and the like:

National University Library:
National University Library supports academic rigor and student academic success by providing access to scholarly books and journals both electronically and in hard copy. Print materials may be accessed at the Library in San Diego or through document delivery for online and regional students. Librarians are available to provide training, reference assistance, and mentoring at the San Diego Library and virtually for online or regional students. Please take advantage of Library resources:


Contact the Library:

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Use the Library Training Tools (on the Library Homepage) for additional help

  • Recorded class presentations
  • Tutorials & Guides (APA/MLA, Peer-Review, and more)

Plagiarism is the presentation of someone else's ideas or work as one's own. Students must give credit for any information that is not either the result of original research or common knowledge. If a student borrows ideas or information from another author, he/she must acknowledge the author in the body of the text and on the reference page. Students found plagiarizing are subject to the penalties outlined in the Policies and Procedures section of the University Catalog, which may include a failing grade for the work in question or for the entire course. The following is one of many websites that provide helpful information concerning plagiarism for both students and faculty:

Ethical behavior in the classroom is required of every student. The course will identify ethical policies and practices relevant to course topics.

Students are expected to be competent in using current technology appropriate for this discipline. Such technology may include word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software. Use of the internet and e-mail may also be required.

Learning to work with and value diversity is essential in every class. Students are expected to exhibit an appreciation for multinational and gender diversity in the classroom.

As a diverse community of learners, students must strive to work together in a setting of civility, tolerance, and respect for each other and for the instructor. Rules of classroom behavior (which apply to online as well as onsite courses) include but are not limited to the following:

  • Conflicting opinions among members of a class are to be respected and responded to in a professional manner.
  • Side conversations or other distracting behaviors are not to be engaged in during lectures, class discussions or presentations
  • There are to be no offensive comments, language, or gestures