Become a Health Teacher in Oregon - OR
Certification is, however, necessary for those planning to teach health education in Oregon’s schools. The Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission oversees the licensing and certification of Oregon’s teachers. One must gain a license in an authorization area (i.e., elementary, secondary) and endorsement (in this case, health). The authorization is gained by passing the national Praxis I exam, and the endorsement, by passing the national Praxis II subject area exam (health). Upon completing a bachelor degree program and passing these exams, you will be issued an Initial I Teaching License, renewable two times for three years. Possessing graduate level coursework will make you eligible for an Initial II Teaching License.
Health educators have rewarding jobs. They inform people about the causes and prevention of health problems, especially those factors related to life-style, work, and culture. They provide counseling, education, and community organization to help others improve their health. They diagnose communities to assess health risks in the area, then plan how to educate the community about those risks and what to do about them. Certification is not necessary for all health educator careers in Oregon, but is available through the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing for those who desire national certification.