Health Education

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Shana Classen, M.Ed., School Counseling

Project Manager of Health & Physical Education

Oklahoma State Department of Education
2500 N. Lincoln Blvd. Oklahoma City, OK 73105

Welcome to the hub for Health Education information and support for Oklahoma educators and students!

Formal, structured health education consists of any combination of planned learning experiences that provide the opportunity to acquire information and the skills students need to make quality health decisions. When provided by qualified, trained teachers, health education helps students acquire the knowledge, attitudes, and skills they need for making health-promoting decisions, achieving health literacy, adopting health-enhancing behaviors, and promoting the health of others. Comprehensive school health education includes curricula and instruction for students in pre-K through grade 12 that address a variety of topics such as nutrition, physical activity, mental health, substance use and abuse, healthy relationships, injury prevention and personal health. Health education curricula and instruction should align with the Oklahoma Academic Standards for Health Education. In accordance with Maria's Law and the Health Education Act, mental health objectives were added to Standard 1 in the new standards.

Health education, based on an assessment of student health needs and planned in collaboration with the community, ensures reinforcement of health messages that are relevant for students and meet community needs. Students might also acquire health information through education that occurs as part of a patient visit with a school nurse, through posters or public service announcements, or through conversations with family and peers.

2023 Standards

Download the 2023 Oklahoma Academic Standards for Health.

Health Education Curriculum Framework

The Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) collaborates with Oklahoma educators to develop high-quality resources to support Oklahoma teachers and school districts with the successful implementation of the Oklahoma Academic Standards for Health Education. Oklahoma resources include the Health Education Curriculum Framework and the Health Education Micro-credential is housed on OSDE Connect.

Health Education Micro-Credential

The OSDE is excited to share the virtual professional development learning modules for the health education micro-credential, which was created in compliance with the Health Education Act (70 O.S. § 11-103.13) and to support educators who will be implementing health education instruction for PreK-12th grade students by the 2023-2024 school year and beyond.

The purpose of these virtual learning modules is to provide a foundation of knowledge and build the capacity of best practices for teaching effective health education. Please visit the OSDE Connect, the online learning platform at, and you can access the Health Education Micro-Credential and start the journey to earn a micro-credential in health education. If you need guidance to access the Health Education Micro-Credential on OSDE Connect, click here.

The OSDE utilizes Credly, the largest digital credential network, to issue digital badges for this micro-credential. Currently, a micro-credential does not count toward the Health and Physical Education certification process. However, a micro-credential can bolster a teacher's resume and prepare them for health education integration into different subjects including physical education.

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Last updated on October 23, 2023