Health Education Teaching

The University of Dubuque Health Education Teaching major is designed to prepare qualified, caring, and effective teachers. Learning to teach effectively occurs within professional learning communities found in the classroom, school-based settings, and in student teaching.

What You Will Learn

  • Professional dispositions guided by the Iowa Code of Ethics.
  • Content knowledge - a thorough understanding of the content required to teach a lesson. The University of Dubuque liberal arts focus provides a solid foundation of core courses.
  • Pedagogical knowledge - including the general principles of teaching and an understanding of instruction and classroom management.
  • Knowledge of learners - the practitioner candidate understands theories of development and how students learn.
  • UD’s practitioner candidates must demonstrate competency in the program goals, which are aligned with InTASC standards, the Iowa state core, and Iowa licensing standards.

Program of Study

University of Dubuque health education teaching students earn a BS in their choice of elementary/reading education, secondary education (English, math, or science), physical or health education. Students may add additional endorsements as desired.


What Our Students Do

The University of Dubuque Health Education Teaching Program is competency-based, allowing students the ability to apply their knowledge and skills in a variety of diverse placements in local schools and through service learning experiences. 

Where Our Graduates Go

University of Dubuque health education teaching graduates receive the necessary training and experience needed to qualify students to teach in public and private schools. Students become eligible for an Iowa teaching license, which can then be used to apply to any state of their choice. 

News from the Department

The Following are Standing Dates/Deadlines that you can count on every year:

December 1 and May 1: Application to Teacher Education Program; It is recommended that students complete the process for Admission to Teacher Education by the second term of their sophomore year.
March 1: Student Teacher Approval Form due for ALL Fall and Spring student teachers
April 1: Portfolios due for ALL Fall and Spring student teachers
May 15: Graduation application for all students wishing to graduate the following academic year

 

Health Education Teaching - Program of Study

The courses below are a program sample of what students may encounter. Students will meet with their advisers to develop a personal educational program to plan their elective course choices, internships, undergraduate research, and other educational opportunities and experiences.

* Differs with endorsement
** Courses with school based hours

Year One

Fall Semester
EDU 100: Introduction to Education (2) **
PED 100: Introduction, History & Principles of HPER (2)
WVS 101: World View Seminar I (3)
UDMA 111/112: Collegiate Math (3)/Algebra (3)
ENG 101: Composition and Rhetoric (3)
COM 101: Speech Communication (3)

J-Term
Required

Spring Semester
EDU 202: Introduction to Exceptional Children (3) **
Education Content Course *
WVS 201: World View Seminar II (3)
CIS 101: Introduction to Computers (3)
REL 110: Judeo-Christian Journeys (3)
Take the CAAP – (basic skills admission test)


Year Two

Fall Semester
EDU 200: Foundations of Education (3) **
Education Content Course *
RES 104: Research Writing (3)
UDHS 121: World Civilizations (3)
BIO 111: Biological Science and Lab (4) 
Apply for admission to the program

J-Term
EDU 119: Human Relation Skills for Teachers (3)**

Spring Semester
EDU 240: Learning and Teaching Processes (3)
Education Content Course * , **
Education Content Course * 
BIO 125: Population, Resources and Environment (3) or other Stewardship Course
ENG 112: Introduction to Literature (3)


Year Three

Fall Semester
EDU 303: Reading and Writing in the Content Area (3)
EDU 310: Assessment of Regular and Exceptional Learners (2)
Education Content Course *
Education Content Course *,**
UDHS 211: U.S. History to 1865 (3)
Portfolio Work

J-Term
EDU 318: Literacy and Language Diversity (ESOL)

Spring Semester
EDU 352: Technology in Education (2)
Education Content Course * , **
Education Content Course * 
Education Content Course * 
Education Content Course * 
Portfolio Work – Apply to Student Teach


Year Four

Fall Semester
Education Content Course * , **
Education Content Course * 
Education Content Course * 
Education Content Course * 

J-Term
Recommended

Spring Semester
Student Teaching (12)
EDU 495: Education Leadership Seminar (3)

 

Debra Stork
Debra Stork
Teacher Education Department Head; Professor of Education

PhD, University of Wyoming
MA, University of Northern Iowa
BA, University of Northern Iowa

Office Phone: 563.589.3453
E-mail: dstork@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 305 Smith Hall
Fax: 563.589.3410

Jennifer Benson
Jennifer Benson
Assistant Professor

MAT, Webster University - St. Louis



Office Phone: 563.589.3272
E-mail: jbenson@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 300 Smith Hall
Fax: 563.589.3416

Chad Biermeier
Chad Biermeier
Director of Clinical Experience/Instructor | Director of UD for Kids

MAE, UW-Platteville
BA, UW-Platteville

Office Phone: 563.589.3590
E-mail: cbiermeier@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 301 Smith Hall
Fax: 563.589.3410

Katie Boyer
Katie Boyer
Assistant Professor of Education

MA, Loras College
BA, Loras College

Office Phone: 563.589.3853
E-mail: kboyer@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 306 Smith Hall
Fax: 563.589.(563) 589-3410

Angie Brandel
Angie Brandel
Associate Professor of Education

EdD, University of Wyoming
MA, Loras College Strategist II ED/LD
BS, Southwest State University (MN)



Office Phone: 563.589.3238
E-mail: abrandel@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 310 Smith Hall
Fax: 563.589.3410

Jacquilyn Etienne
Jacquilyn Etienne
Adjunct Education Faculty

MEd, Clarke College
BS, Black Hills State University

Office Phone: 563.589.3232
Office Location: 309 Smith Hall
Fax: 563.589.3410

Laurie Fallon
Laurie Fallon
Adjunct Instructor/Education

Master Educator Special Education (K-12)



E-mail: lfallon@dbq.edu 
Biography - Click Here

Laurie recently began teaching several on-line and hybrid courses for UD and she is also teaching Secondary Special Education as a Strategist II instructor at Western Dubuque High School. 


Jeffrey Haverland
Jeffrey Haverland
Assistant Professor of Teacher Education

EdD, Edgewood College
MAE, University of Northern Iowa
BS, Loras College
National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBCT)



Office Phone: 563.589.3723
E-mail: jhaverland@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 303 Smith Hall
Fax: 563.589.3410

Tom Lytle
Tom Lytle
Adjunct - Physical Education

MA, Loras College - Athletic Administration
BS, University of Dubuque 



Office Phone: 563.589.3232
E-mail: tlytle@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 307 Smith Hall
Fax: 563.589.3410
Biography - Click Here

Tom Lytle has been adjunct faculty member in the Education Department at the University of Dubuque for 18 years. He also teaches for Keystone AEA (20 years), teaches driver's education for Northeast Iowa Community College (15 years), and taught and coached in the Dubuque Community School District for 38 years. For the last 46 years he has volunteered with the Sundown Ski Patrol and continues to do so today.


Julie Phillips
Julie Phillips
Assistant Professor of Education

EdD, Edgewood College
MBA, Nova University
MA, University of Iowa
BA, University of Northern Iowa

Office Phone: 563.589.3579
E-mail: jphillips@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 300 Smith Hall

Dennis Rima
Dennis Rima
Adjunct Professor

MA, Loras College
BA, Loras College



Office Phone: 563.589.3232
E-mail: drima@dbq.edu 

Kathleen Saleh
Kathleen Saleh
Assistant Professor of Education

ABD, University of Northern Iowa
MAE, Upper Iowa University
BS, Cleveland State University (OH)



Office Phone: 563.589.3589
E-mail: ksaleh@dbq.edu 
Fax: 563.589.3410

Susan Scott
Susan Scott
Secretary, Education Department


Office Phone: 563.589.3232
E-mail: sscott@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 307 Smith Hall
Fax: 563.589.3410

Cindy Steffens
Cindy Steffens
Adjunct Instructor of Education

MA, Clarke University
BA, Clarke University


Jon West
Jon West
Adjunct Education and Physical Education/Health, Wellness and Sport

BA, University of Dubuque
MA, Loras College

Office Phone: 563.589.3232
E-mail: jwest@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 307 Smith Hall
Fax: 563.589.3410

Careers in Health Education Teaching

Education is a very rewarding profession. Teachers feel called to teach for many reasons. It fulfills our need to serve children, it allows us the opportunity to build relationships within a community, and allows us to contribute to society in a meaningful way. A person must complete a bachelor’s degree, and be recommended for a teaching license to legally teach in Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade in the USA. University of Dubuque graduates will obtain jobs in Pre-K - 12 public and private schools. The field of education offers a supportive environment as new teachers grow into master teachers.

BS Opportunities

A graduate of the University of Dubuque Health Education Teaching Program is prepared to take control of their own classroom. Graduates will be recommended for licensure in their field of study - elementary education, secondary math, science, English education, or physical or health education K-12. Graduates are ready to develop curriculum, lead student centered classrooms, and become teacher leaders in their school districts.

Post-graduate Opportunities

Graduates of the Health Education Teaching Program will be eligible to teach in a K-12 classroom in their licensed discipline. Their initial years will be ones of gathering experience and gaining the competencies which enable them to serve their colleagues as teacher leaders. University of Dubuque graduates have learned the joy of life-long learning and often continue their formal education by obtaining a masters degree in education, counseling, or administration.

Successful Outcomes

Jayme Culbertson BS, 2009 Health Education

After graduating with my elementary education degree with an endorsement in special education, I was offered a job as a behavior disorder teacher in June 2009. The University of Dubuque helped shape my pedagogy, knowledge, and leadership abilities which enabled me to obtain a job right after graduation. The University utilizes high standards, rigorous practicum courses, and knowledgeable staff to help build each student’s ability to be a leader within the high demands of education. I would not be where I am today without the support and tools that were given to me through the University of Dubuque.