Aligning Your Curriculum to Meet the SOPHE School Health Teacher Education Standards and HESPA II 2020 Competencies

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Aligning Your Curriculum to Meet the SOPHE School Health Teacher Education Standards  and HESPA II 2020 Competencies


Kathleen Allison PhD, MPH, MCHES

Susan Goekler, RMCHES

Many health education/health sciences programs in higher education institutions prepare students for careers in both public/community health and school health. Although all health educators are eligible to apply to become CHES, there are slightly different professional standards for those preparing to work in schools. Quality preparation programs usually want to be professionally accredited and to prepare their graduates as professionals. The newly approved Health Educator Teacher Preparation Standards developed by SOPHE and recognized by the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) align with the HESPA II 2020 Areas of Responsibility and Competencies, but must meet criteria set by CAEP. This webinar will present both sets of standards and show how they align – and suggest ways to accommodate both types of students in a health education course of study. It will include time for Q and A.

Kathleen Allison


Kathleen is a professor of Community & Public Health Education at Lock Haven University. During her tenure, she has been responsible for teaching courses in the school health and public health education tracks in the university’s Department of Health Science. She has also authored the credentialing documents for the school health and public health education programs. She has served on NCHEC’s Division Board for Certified Health Education Specialists since 2015 and served as the Chair for NCHEC’s Board of Commissioners in 2019. Kathleen was a member of the Technical Advisory Group for the HESPSA II 2020 and has conducted multiple presentations on the impact of HESPA II 2020 on credentialing and its interpretation across settings.   She recently authored the Planning, Implementing and Evaluating Culturally Appropriate Programs chapter, in the 3rd edition of Cultural Competence in Health Education and Health Promotion text edited by Miguel Perez and Raffy Luquis. Kathleen has been a health education specialist since 1991 and  worked in community, clinic and government settings in that role. Prior to earning her MPH from the University of South Carolina in Health Promotion Education and Behavior and PhD from Texas Woman’s University in Health Studies, Kathleen earned her bachelor’s degree in biology education from Indiana University of PA and taught at the high school level. 

Susan Goekler


As CEO of two professional associations, the Directors of Health Promotion and Education (DHPE) and the American School Health Association (ASHA), Susan Goekler (aka Susan Wooley) oversaw operations and represented the association, its members and the field. She has co-authored/co-edited several school health-relevant publications that include book chapters, encyclopedia articles, peer reviewed journal articles, and books, including Health Is Academic: A Guide to Coordinated School Health Programs.  She has worked in academia, schools, hospitals, non-profit agencies, associations, and government.  She is currently living in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware and enjoying retirement from full time work while taking on projects of interest. One such project was co-chairing the Health Education Teacher Preparation Standards Writing Group for SOPHE and now serving as a part time consultant. She has served as a folio reviewer for NCATE and then CAEP since 1989, has chaired the AAHE NCATE Committee, trained other reviewers, and co-authored the 2008 iteration of the Health Education Teacher Preparation Standards.  She received her bachelor’s degree with honors in biology from Case Western Reserve University, a master’s degree in health education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and a Ph.D. in health education from Temple University.  She is a Retired Master Certified Health Education Specialist (RMCHES).


03/05/2021 at 1:00 PM (EST)   |  60 minutes
03/05/2021 at 1:00 PM (EST)   |  60 minutes
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