5. Health Education Teachers

Health instruction is delivered by a variety of educators including health specialists, classroom teachers, and other certified school staff. Instruction is also provided by outside support personnel such as police officers, guest speakers, and assembly presentations.

Key Findings:

  • The primary providers at the elementary level are classroom teachers.
  • In grades 7-12, the overwhelming majority of instruction is provided by health specialists.

Table 5.1 Teachers of Health Education at Each Specific Grade Level Clusters

Schools were asked to identify the types of teachers who teach health education. Table 5.1 represents the average number of the types of health education teachers in each grade level.

Note: The total valid number of responses vary for each grade level cluster. Total valid responses were 1353, 1355, 1394, 718, and 437 for K-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8, and 9-12 respectively.

Figure 5.2a Teachers of Health Education at Each Specific Grade Level Clusters

Schools were asked to identify the types of teachers who teach health education. Figure 5.2a represents the average percentage of the types of health education teachers in the total valid responses for each grade level.

Table 5.2 Teachers of Health Education at Each Specific Grade Level Clusters

Schools were asked to identify the types of teachers who teach health education. Table 5.2 represents the average percentage of the types of health education teachers in each grade level.

Note: Since it is a multiple selection question, the total percentage is more than 100 for each grade level cluster.





THE CALL TO ACTION

One of our earliest initiatives based upon the survey findings is the Elementary Health Education Support Initiative.

Although elementary classroom teachers are the primary providers of health instructtion, minimal pre-service or school site professional development occurs. This initiative aims to provide elementary school teachers with a list of effective resources and other support.

NJAHPERD strongly encourages school districts to provide health education instruction by a certified health specialist (educator) at all levels.

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