SOPHE's Role as a SPA in Entry-level School Health Education Teacher Preparation

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In 2015, the SOPHE Board of Trustees voted to pursue Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) Specialized Professional Associations (SPA) recognition for entry-level school health teacher preparation. A team of higher education faculty and practicing school health educators created six standards for professional preparation of baccalaureate school health educators, which were approved by CAEP in 2019.  This presentation will introduce the six standards and 28 components, and outline SOPHE’s next steps as a SPA and how SOPHE members can be involved in this important quality assurance effort.  

Learning Objectives

At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

1. Describe major topic areas covered by SOPHE’s 6 SPA standards for entry-level teacher preparation in health education.

2. Identify how you can become involved in SOPHE’s SPA processes for a strong quality assurance system in teacher preparation for school health education.

Presenter: Deborah A. Fortune, PhD, FAAHE, MCHES® 

Deborah A. Fortune, Ph.D., MCHES®, is an associate professor in the Department of Health Education at North Carolina Central University and is a Master Certified Health Education Specialist. Prior to her current position, Dr. Fortune was the director of the National HIV & CSHE Project with the American Association for Health Education. She has been a faculty member at the following institutions: East Tennessee State University, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and Marymount University. Dr. Fortune received her B.S. degree in Biology from Mississippi University for Women, M.S. degree in Community Health Education from the University of Southern Mississippi, and her Ph.D. in Public Health Education from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. 

Dr. Fortune has provided instructor training in comprehensive school health education (Growing Healthy curriculum and Teenage Health Teaching Modules), HIV/AIDS for African Americans, youth violence prevention, and cultural diversity in health education. Her research interests include HIV and sexual health among African American college women, youth violence prevention, professional preparation in health education, and faculty and youth mentoring. She has published and made numerous presentations on those topics.


Presenter: Susan Goekler, Ph.D., MEd, MCHES®

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 is co-chairing the Health Education Teacher Preparation Standards Writing Group for SOPHE. 

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®).


Presenter: Elaine Auld, MPH, MCHES®

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 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 5 years, she has been involved in quality assurance in school health education, promotion of 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. 


Keywords: HESPA I, Area 1, Area 2, Career Development, School Health


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1.00 Entry-level CECH, CPH credit  |  Certificate available
1.00 Entry-level CECH, CPH credit  |  Certificate available