Build a strong foundation in health educationCourses meet all required endorsement categories as follows:
Additional elective courses may also apply to state requirements.
Health endorsement courses are offered primarily online, with practicing educators in mind. With the exception of one hands-on experience in the summer, courses are offered online via Guided Independent Study (GIS).
Through GIS you can earn credit anytime, anywhere - working at your own pace or taking up to nine months to complete a course. Learn more about GIS
Tentative course scheduleClick on a course title to view the course description (if available).
Required Category: Methods of Teaching HealthPH 4186 Studies in Secondary School Health Education Methods -- 3 units
Required Category: Family Life EducationPH 3280 Sexuality Education for School Health Educators -- 3 units
Required Category: Human NutritionPH 1410 Basic Nutrition -- 3 units
Required Category: Mental/Emotional HealthPH 3270 Mental and Emotional Health for School Health Educators -- 3 units
Required Category: Personal WellnessPH 3290 Consumer Health for School Health Educators -- 2 units*
Required Category: Public or Community HealthPH 3250 Community and Public Health for School Health Educators -- 3 units
Required Category: Substance AbusePH 3260 Substance Abuse Prevention for School Educators -- 3 units
Elective courses: Depending on prior coursework, these courses may apply to state requirements.PH 2160 Medical Terminology -- 2 unitsPH 3290 Consumer Health for School Health Educators -- 2 units*SW 4171/5171 Addictions Treatment -- 3 units
*Credit for "Studies in Consumer Health for Educators" may apply toward the Personal Wellness required category OR as an elective. Students who have taken HPELS 1010 Personal Wellness or equivalent have met this requirement.
Distance education students may qualify for financial aid with the following eligibility requirements:
Specific questions about financial aid should be directed to the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships at 319-273-2700 or firstname.lastname@example.org
In addition, students enrolled in the Fall 2021 semester may be eligible for Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund III funding. This funding will be distributed to our students with exceptional need, which will be identified by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). For more information, visit finaid.uni.edu/HEERF-III.
Since its establishment in 1876 as the Iowa State Normal School, the University of Northern Iowa has maintained its affirmed commitment to the support of excellence in teacher education. That commitment remains strong as the university continues to prepare students to become teachers, as well as provide opportunities for career advancement in the field of education. In addition to a commitment to teaching, our faculty members are engaged in research, writing and professional development. View UNI's national rankings and honors.
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The University of Northern Iowa is committed to providing comprehensive support services for distance education students. The Office of Continuing and Distance Education serves as your primary point of contact in accessing distance education support services, including enrollment services, technical support for online course tools and more. You are also given access to the UNI Rod Library’s print and electronic collections for your convenience. View a complete list of services and support resources.
Please contact the Office of Continuing and Distance Education at 319-273-7206, 800-648-3864 or email@example.com with any questions. If we don’t have the answer, we will do our best to find it.
You will work with the program coordinator when communicating about the program of study. Once participating in the program, you will be assigned a faculty advisor who will work with you one-on-one regarding your progress in the program.
For information about course delivery, please see the "Overview" tab above.
See the "Next Steps" tab above for information. If you have any questions, please contact the program coordinator(s) and/or enrollment contact below or contact the Office of Continuing and Distance Education at ContinuingEd@uni.edu.
An application for admission is not required for this program. Please submit an enrollment form at distance.uni.edu/enroll to be registered for coursework.
All students pay the same tuition rate, regardless of location, making it an affordable option for all students.
Tuition is $257 per unit, plus a $10 non-refundable enrollment fee per course -- regardless of location or graduate-level status. A technology fee also applies to online courses. UNI students, tuition for GIS courses is in addition to full-time, on-campus rates -- please see important financial aid information.
An additional technology fee per course may apply. Tuition and fees are expected to rise each May and are subject to raises throughout the academic year as approved by the Iowa Board of Regents.
Step one: Express your interest
To be notified about the coursework offerings, please complete the online interest form to the right and we will contact you as information becomes available.
The next step is to enroll in a course. Please see the program schedule tab above for course details and enrollment information.
Questions about course enrollment can be directed to Jamie.Anderson@uni.edu, 319-273-27206..
Upon successful completion of the required courses, you may add the endorsement to your Iowa teaching license by completing the Application to Add an Endorsement from the Board of Educational Examiners.
If you have completed all of the required endorsement courses through UNI, follow option 1 on the Add an Endorsement to a License page. This allows you to apply to an endorsement through UNI. The BOEE does charge a fee to add the endorsement.
If you have any questions, please contact the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners: boee.iowa.gov/contact-us/staff-directory