Health Education Teacher Preparation: National Recognition Application Preparation Workshop

Product not yet rated

Includes a Live Event on 06/24/2021 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

  • Registration Closed

Workshop faculty will comprise experts from the SOPHE SPA Advisory Committee:

1) Susan Goekler, PhD, RMCHES®, SOPHE SPA Director

2) Deitra Wengert, PhD, Towson University

3) Jacqueline Jackson, PhD, Jackson State University

4) Donna Bernert, PhD, Kent State University

In 2020, SOPHE was recognized by the Council on Accreditation in Educator Preparation (CAEP) as the Specialized Professional Association (SPA) for Teacher Preparation in School Health Education in Teacher Preparation. This recognition included SOPHE’s standards for the professional preparation of school teachers in health education. Under CAEP recognition as a SPA, SOPHE has authority to review professional preparation programs seeking their initial health education teaching credential, whether at the bachelor’s or master’s level, and thus serve as an important quality assurance mechanism for the field. Professional preparation programs in health education, offered by providers seeking CAEP accreditation, can apply for SOPHE SPA review and national recognition starting fall 2021. This workshop* will provide guidance on developing a portfolio for submission, including SOPHE’s six teacher education Standards to guide needed transformation and redevelopment of curricula, to provide states with resources for establishing their own health education teacher standards, and to provide input into practices regarding health education teacher performance and assessment.

Professional preparation programs will need guidance on these new Standards, which are based on the Health Education Specialist Practice Analysis II, 2020, the latest in our field. The dawn of the 21st century reveals a new and challenging landscape for teachers -- a landscape requiring new knowledge and skills for effective practice. SOPHE Standards require beginning health education teachers to possess a deep content knowledge, an understanding of pedagogical skills including digital learning, the ability to use data to guide planning, instruction, and feedback, and emphasize evidence-based practice and expect practice-based teacher education.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of the two-session workshop, participant teams will be able to:

1) Align their course of study with SOPHE’s Health Education Teacher Preparation Standards.

2) Create appropriate rubrics for selected assignments that demonstrate candidates’ mastery of SOPHE’s standards

3) Access and complete the CAEP application form.

*No CECH application through SOPHE  – but participants can apply for CECH Category II.

Elaine Auld, MPH, MCHES


Society for Public Health Education

Elaine Auld, MPH, MCHES, has served as SOPHE’s Chief Executive Officer since 1995, where she oversees the organization’s portfolio in professional preparation, professional development, research, and advocacy/public policy.  Over her 30+ year career, Ms. Auld has published on more than 40 journal articles and book chapters on health education’s role in community/school health education competencies, health equity, national and international workforce development, and public policy.  For the last five years, she has been involved in quality assurance in school health education, promotion of the the WSCC model, and supported the National Task Force on the Future of School Health Education.  Ms. Auld holds her MPH from the University of Michigan School of Public Health with a concentration in health behavior and is a master certified health education specialist. 

Jacqueline V. Jackson, PhD, CHES

Associate Professor

Jackson State University

Jacqueline V. Jackson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering and Computer Science at Jackson State University.

Susan F. 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).

Deitra Wengert, PhD

Associate Professor

Towson University

Deitra Wengert is a Professor at Towson University based in Towson, Maryland. Previously, Deitra was a Board Member at American School Health Association.


Session 1- June 17th
06/17/2021 at 2:00 PM (EDT)   |  120 minutes
06/17/2021 at 2:00 PM (EDT)   |  120 minutes
Complete Homework
Session 2- June 24th
06/24/2021 at 2:00 PM (EDT)   |  120 minutes
06/24/2021 at 2:00 PM (EDT)   |  120 minutes