Fall 2021 - EDUC 371W E100

School Health Education (4)

Class Number: 5279

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo 4:30 PM – 8:20 PM
    EDB 7608, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    60 units; or permission of instructor.



Explores health concepts, health behaviors, and health concerns of school-aged children and youth. Focuses on comprehensive and co-ordinated school health programs, innovative instructional strategies, and health-promotion initiatives to create healthy school communities. Students with credit for EDUC 371 may not take this course for further credit. Writing.


The course is designed for future teachers and health educators. It will explore the new BC Physical and Health Education curriculum focusing on the competencies and content for the themes of Active Living, Social and Community Health and Mental Health in the K – 10 PHE curriculum. The course will examine best practices for teaching Health Education, instructional strategies, the development of programs and resources aimed at supporting health concepts, assessing and evaluating health resources, positive health behaviors, and addressing health concerns of school-aged children.



  1. To explore the new B.C. Ministry of Education Physical and Health Education curriculum.
  2. To ensure that students have an understanding of how to implement a comprehensive school health education curriculum.
  3. To explore innovative teaching strategies.
  4. To broaden student perspectives on the various branches that comprise health and well being.
  5. To develop program and resources for the new PHE curriculum.
  6. To acquire various strategies, skills, and best practices for teaching Health Education.


  • Health Portfolio 30%
  • Class Participation 25%
  • Health Unit Plan 30%
  • Final Presentation/ Health Lesson 15%


As a writing intensive course, students will participate in exercises and assignments geared toward enhancing their understanding of the content and the development of their writing skills.

Course outline is subject to change.

There is no final exam for this course.


Attendance is a key component, as students are expected to actively participate in the group activities. It is very difficult to do well in this course without being present. Students on the wait list are expected to attend the first class.



B.C. Ministry of Education Physical and Health Education curriculum


The Essentials of Teaching Health Education: Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment, 2nd edition by Sarah Benes, and Holly Alperin. 2021
ISBN: 9781492593560


Spark by John J. Ratey. 2013
ISBN: 9780316113519

Registrar Notes:


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Teaching at SFU in fall 2021 will involve primarily in-person instruction, with approximately 70 to 80 per cent of classes in person/on campus, with safety plans in place.  Whether your course will be in-person or through remote methods will be clearly identified in the schedule of classes.  You will also know at enrollment whether remote course components will be “live” (synchronous) or at your own pace (asynchronous).

Enrolling in a course acknowledges that you are able to attend in whatever format is required.  You should not enroll in a course that is in-person if you are not able to return to campus, and should be aware that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who may need class or exam accommodations, including in the context of remote learning, are advised to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the fall 2021 term.