Requirements for All Educators Regarding Health Education

Alaska

Last Updated: 6/13/2012

Professional Development: Statute 14.33.100 (1999) requires each district to develop a model school crisis response plan for use by each school. Each school shall then develop their own specific crisis response plan. The plans should also include annual training for district employees and should be developed in consultation with local social service agencies and local law enforcement authorities.

Statute 14.20.680 (1990) requires each school district to provide each teacher, administrator, counselor, and specialist training on the needs of students with alcohol or drug-related disabilities.

SB137 requires each school district to annually provide youth suicide awareness and prevention training approved by the commissioner to each teacher, administrator, counselor, and specialist who is employed by the district.


Alabama

Last Updated: 3/26/2009

Professional Development: Code 16-1-24.2 requires the Department of Education to develop a statewide violence prevention program which provides training to teachers and school administrators on violence prevention.


Arkansas

Last Updated: 12/27/2013

Professional Development:  The state does not specifically require professional development for teachers or other school staff on violence and gangs, bullying, harassment and hazing, and suicide prevention. However, Code 6-17-702 (1995) does allow licensed personnel to attend any certified instructional staff development session for up to two days toward fulfillment of the minimum 60 hours of professional development required annually by the Department of Education’s Rules Governing Standards for Accreditation of Arkansas Public Schools and School Districts (2009). All personnel must meet appropriate state licensure and renewal requirements for the position to which they are assigned.


Arizona

Last Updated: 8/27/2009

Professional Development: None specified. 

Pre-service requirement: The minimum degree requirement for prospective health teachers in elementary grades prior to licensure is a bachelor's degree, with no additional coursework in health. The specific details of initial licensure are outlined in State Board of Education Administrative Code R7-2-608 (2003). For prospective health teachers in middle or high school, a candidate must receive a passing score on at least one subject knowledge portion of the state assessment, in addition to a bachelor's degree. The specific details of licensure are outlined in State Board of Education Administrative Code R7-2-609 (2003).

Professional Development: State Board of Education Administrative Code R7-2-617 (2003) requires all holders of a teaching certificate may renew their certificate upon the completion of 180 clock hours of a professional development program.


California

Last Updated: 2/19/2009

Professional Development: The state does not require all teachers to participate periodically in professional development covering health education topics. However, state officials report that all new elementary and secondary teachers are required to participate in a multi-year, site-based induction program that includes the application and enrichment of knowledge and skills in health education content, pedagogy and creating a safe and healthy learning environment for all students as part of the Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment (BTSA) Program.

Education Code 51264 (2003) calls for the California Department of Education to prepare and distribute guidelines for incorporating in-service training in gang violence and drug and alcohol abuse prevention for teachers, counselors, athletic directors, school board members, and other education personnel into staff development plans for each school district. Upon request, the California Department of Education shall assist local districts in developing the in-service programs.

Education Code 32261 (1985, 2001) also encourages local districts, county offices of education, law enforcement agencies, and youth-services agencies to develop and implement interagency strategies, in-service programs, and activities that will reduce school crime and violence, including teen relationship violence, gang membership and violence, and ending bullying, discrimination, and harassment.

Education Code 233 (1994, 2000) calls for the State Board of Education to establish guidelines for teacher and administrator in-service programs "to promote an appreciation of diversity and to discourage the development of discriminatory attitudes and practices that prevent pupils from achieving their full potential." These guidelines must also enable teachers and administrators to prevent and respond to acts of hate violence occurring on school campuses.

Education Code 35183 (2003) declares that instructing teachers and administrators on the "subtleties of identifying constantly changing gang regalia and gang affiliation takes an increasing amount of time away from educating our children."


Colorado

Last Updated: 10/25/2011

Pre-service Requirement: The minimum requirement for prospective health teachers in elementary and middle grades prior to licensure is a bachelor's degree in the liberal arts, with additional coursework in health (not specified). The specific details of initial licensure are outlined in State Board of Education Regulations 2260.5-R-8.01 and 8.02 (2004). The minimum requirement for prospective health teachers in high school grades prior to licensure is a bachelor's degree in health, as outlined in State Board of Education Regulation 2260.5-R-8.11 (2004).

Professional Development: Statute 22-25-104 (2000) states that the required guidelines for health education programs must include a plan to promote and provide the proper training of teachers and staff in health education. Statute 22-25-104.5 (2000) encourages school districts to provide training for instructors and administrators in gang awareness and substance abuse resistance education.

For an initial license holder, State Board of Education Regulation 2260.5-R-12.01 (2004) requires steps towards completing the requirements for a professional license every 3 years until completed. State Board of Education Regulation 2260.5-R-12.02 (2004) requires six semester hours or 90 clock hours of professional development every five years for professional license renewal.


Connecticut

Last Updated: 10/25/2011

Professional Development: Statute Chapter 170, Section 10-220a (2004) requires each local or regional board of education to provide an in-service training program for its teachers, administrators, and pupil personnel who hold the initial educator, provisional educator or professional educator certificate. The offerings required include the nature and the relationship of drugs, as defined in subdivision (17) of section 21a-240, and alcohol to health and personality development, and procedures for discouraging their abuse, (2) health and mental health risk reduction education which includes, but need not be limited to, the prevention of risk-taking behavior by children and the relationship of such behavior to substance abuse, pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV-infection and AIDS, as defined in section 19a-581, violence, teen dating violence, domestic violence, child abuse and youth suicide, (3) the growth and development of exceptional children, including handicapped and gifted and talented children and children who may require special education, including, but not limited to, children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder or learning disabilities, and methods for identifying, planning for and working effectively with special needs children in a regular classroom, (4) school violence prevention, conflict resolution and prevention of bullying.


Delaware

Last Updated: 12/17/2008

Professional Development: No specific state policy. However, 90-clock hours of professional development every five years are required for re-licensure for all teachers per Administrative Code 14:1511  and professional development in health topic areas may be included.

The Bullying Prevention Law (2008) requires each school district to ensure that its employees received a combined training each year of one hour in the identification and reporting of criminal youth gang activity and bullying.


Florida

Last Updated: 10/27/2011

Professional Development: Statute 1003.32(1)(h) (2002) gives each teacher and other instructional personnel the authority to request and receive training and other assistance to improve skills in classroom management, violence prevention, conflict resolution, and related areas. The statute further requires teachers and other instructional personnel to seek professional development to improve classroom management skills when data show that they are not effective in handling minor classroom disruptions.

Statute 1006.07(6) (2004) requires district school boards to provide for the welfare of students by using the Safety and Security Best Practices to conduct a self-assessment of the district's current safety and security practices. The self-assessment includes indicators for the district to have in place and identify the training required for all types of school staff which includes training in classroom management, substance and alcohol abuse, and violence. Each teacher should also be provided with in-service training to teach student positive social skills, substance and alcohol abuse prevention, violence prevention, conflict resolution, and communication/decision making skills. Further, the district should teach instructional and non-instructional staff and students the early warning signs associated with students who pose a threat of future violent behavior, such as suicide, how to recognize them, and what to do when they are suspected.

Statute 1006.07 (2010) requires districts boards to provide access to suicide prevention educational resources, as approved by the Statewide Office of Suicide Prevention, to all instructional and administrative personnel as part of the school district professional development system under Statute 1012.98.
Statute 1006.148 (2010) requires each district school board to provide training for teachers, staff, and school administrators to implement their district’s policy prohibiting teen dating violence and abuse.


Georgia

Last Updated: 6/8/2008

Professional Development: Georgia Code 20-2-1185 (no date available) requires the Georgia Emergency Management Agency to provide training to public school personnel on a variety of school crisis management and response topics. Georgia Code 20-2-145 (no date available) require the department of education to develop character education program workshops for all employees of the school system.


Hawaii

Last Updated: 6/8/2008

Professional Development: HRS 321-81 (1959) requires the department of health to conduct in training for staffs of schools and others who deal with problems involving food and nutrition.


Iowa

Last Updated: 10/31/2011

Professional Development: Iowa Association of School Board's sample Wellness Policy (2010), put forth by the State Board, includes training for teachers and staff on nutrition education and promotion. Code 279.50 requires each area education agency periodically to offer staff development for teachers in human growth and development.


Idaho

Last Updated: 6/8/2008

Professional Development: None specified.


Illinois

Last Updated: 6/5/2009

Professional Development: 105 ILCS 5/10-22.39 (2009) requires in-service training for teachers, guidance counselors and other school personnel who work with students in grades 7-12 in the identification of warning signs of suicidal behavior in adolescents and teens and intervention and referral techniques. It also requires an in-service training once every two years for school personnel who work with pupils on communicating and listening to youth victims of domestic or sexual violence and expectant or parenting youth and connecting them to appropriate in-school services and other agencies and programs. The statute also requires a training program for school personnel every two years by persons in expertise in anaphylactic reactions and management.


Indiana

Last Updated: 5/16/2011

Pre-Service Requirement: HB1019 (2011) requires teachers to be trained in child suicide prevention and how to recognize the warning signs of students considering suicide.   voted to require teachers be trained in child suicide prevention and how to recognize the warning signs of students New teachers must complete the training to receive a license.

Development
: The Department of Education, via Code 5-2-10.1-11 (2005), is required to develop an appropriate curriculum and the standards for the school safety specialist training and certification program. The department of education may consult with national school safety experts in developing the curriculum and standards. The curriculum developed must include training in identifying, preventing, and intervening in bullying".


Kansas

Last Updated: 1/16/2006
None specified.

Kentucky

Last Updated: 5/19/2013

Professional Development: KRS 158.445 (2000) requires each local school to assess at-risk students, school safety, and school discipline.

SB65 (2010) requires all high school and middle school principals, guidance counselors and teachers to complete a minimum of two hours of self-study review of suicide prevention materials each school year. It also provides that if a local board offers suicide prevention training, it may be completed through self-study review of suicide prevention materials.


Louisiana

Last Updated: 11/22/2010

Professional Development: RS 17:13.1 (1992) requires the State Department of Education, with approval of the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, to develop and implement guidelines for a program on prevention of crime and disruptive behavior in public schools that includes continued training of personnel within the department and within the local school system.

RS 17:437:1 (2008) requires the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) to adopt guidelines for at least two hours of annual in-service training for teachers, principals and school counselors on suicide prevention.

 


Massachusetts

Last Updated: 4/8/2014

Professional Development: Per General Law 71.38Q  (no date available), schools districts adopt and implement an annual professional development plan that includes training in the teaching of new curriculum frameworks and other skills, such as participatory decision making, and parent and community involvement. The plan also should address analyzing and accommodating diverse learning styles of all students and methods of collaboration among teachers, paraprofessionals and teacher assistants to accommodate such styles.  Further,

603 CMR 26.07 (2012) requires all public schools to provide annual in-service training for all school personnel regarding prevention of and response to discrimination and harassment. General Law 71 (2010) requires the bullying prevention and intervention plan of each district to include a provision for ongoing professional development to build the skills of all staff members to prevent, identify and respond to bullying.  The requirements of the professional development are outlined in the statute.  


Maryland

Last Updated: 9/15/2010

Professional Development: Code 7-504 (1996) establishes standards and policies for the training of school personnel, and others responsible for counseling or supervising student activities, in suicide prevention to meet the requirement that all schools have Youth Suicide Prevention Programs.

State Board of Education Regulation 13A.08.01.08 (2003) requires local boards of education to adopt policies on alcohol and drug use or possession, which include staff training.

State Board of Education Regulation 13A.05.05.04 (1987) establishes the School Psychology Program, which may include staff development activities to help apply psychological principles to education.


Maine

Last Updated: 8/25/2008

Professional Development: No specific state policy; however, training in health topics may be used to fulfill the general six credit hours of professional development required every five years per Education Rule Chapter 115 (2004).


Michigan

Last Updated: 6/8/2008

Professional Development: In 2005, the State Board of Education adopted the Policy on the Management of Asthma in Schools that recommends professional development training for all school staff on asthma basics, asthma management, trigger management, and emergency response.


Minnesota

Last Updated: 9/4/2009

Pre-service Requirement: Statute 122A.66 (1998) requires all colleges preparing teachers to offer, and all students entering the teaching profession to complete, a program in the use and misuse of tobacco, alcohol, drugs and other chemicals.

Professional DevelopmentState Board of Education Rule 8710.7100 (2003) requires all teachers to obtain 125 hours of continuing education in their field every five years for re-licensure. State Board of Education Rule 8710.7200 (2005) specifies the areas for development, which include depression, excessive fears and anxiety, changes in behavior and performance, failure to develop peer relationships, impaired concentration and thinking, suicidal gestures, the potential connection to substance use, and knowledge of steps. Statute 122A.29 (2005) requires all educators to undergo continuing education in early warning signs of early-onset mental illness in children and adolescents.

Statute 122A.60 (2005) requires school boards to establish an advisory staff development committee to develop and adopt a staff development plan for improving student achievement. This plan must include ongoing staff development activities that aim to effectively teach and model violence prevention policy and curriculum that address issues of harassment and teach nonviolent alternatives for conflict resolution.

Statute 120B.22 (2005) encourages each district to provide ongoing in-service for district school personnel to help students identify violence in the family and community, so students may learn to resolve conflict in effective, nonviolent ways.


Missouri

Last Updated: 11/27/2011

Professional Development: No state policy specific to health education.

Revised Statute 160.261 (2004) requires all employees of the district to receive annual instruction related to the contents of the district's discipline policy including the approved methods of dealing with acts of school violence, disciplining students with disabilities and instruction and requirements for confidentiality. 5 CSR 50-350.030 (1999) also calls for the department of elementary and secondary education to identify and, if necessary, adopt a program regarding violence prevention that provides training for school district employees in violence prevention and early identification of and intervention in violent behavior.

Revised Statute 161.235 (2000) allows the 4-year competitive student suicide prevention programs to include teacher and administrator training for elementary and secondary schools.


Mississippi

Last Updated: 5/25/2009

Professional Development: SB2770 (2009) requires that in the 2009-2010 school year local school districts must provide in-service suicide prevention education to all licensed teachers and principals. Beginning with the 2010-2011 school year, local school districts must provide in-service training on suicide prevention education for all newly employed licensed teachers and principals.


Montana

Last Updated: 12/19/2012

Professional Development: No state policy; however, the State Board of Public Education unofficially recommends professional development in the areas of violence and gang prevention, bullying, harassment, and hazing prevention, and suicide prevention when meeting the professional development requirements laid out in Administrative Rule 10.16.3135 (2000).


North Carolina

Last Updated: 9/16/2009

Professional Development: State Board of Education Policy HRS-A-007 (2004) requires each LEA to designate individuals to participate in the Department of Public Instruction's anti-bullying, anti-harassment, and anti-discrimination training.

The state does not require teachers to participate periodically in professional development covering health education topics. Session Law 2002-103 (2002) does require local boards of education to provide information and staff development for school personnel in assisting students with diabetes.


North Dakota

Last Updated: 6/8/2008

Professional Development: No state policy.


Nebraska

Last Updated: 11/30/2011

Professional Development: No state policy. However, the Attack on Asthma Nebraska has partnered with the Department of Education to assist in implementing the Emergency Response to Life-Threatening Asthma protocol mandated by the department in Rule 92 NAC 59, Appendix A (no date available). Attack on Asthma also provides in-service education and trainings to school personnel on the recognition and treatment of severe asthma attacks and allergic reactions.

The State Board of Education's Anti-Bullying Policy (2003) further states that the Department of Education will disseminate programs that may include state level efforts to help with teacher and administrator in-service and pre-service courses in achieving positive behavior environments, including anti-bullying training.


New Hampshire

Last Updated: 12/22/2011

Professional Development: State Board of Education Rule Ed 512 (2001) requires educators to have a minimum of 75 hours of professional development every three years. 35 hours must be spent meeting district goals specified in the professional development master plan, which may include health-related topics.


New Jersey

Last Updated: 1/13/2013

Professional Development: N.J.S.A. 18A:37-17b and c (2011) require each school district to provide training on the school district’s harassment, intimidation and bullying (HIB)) policies to full- and part-time school employees, volunteers who have significant contact with students and persons contracted by the district to provide services to students. The training must include instruction on preventing HIB on the basis of the protected categories enumerated in N.J.A.C. 18A:37-14. Information regarding the school district policy against HIB must be incorporated into each school’s employee training program and provided to full- and part-time school employees, volunteers who have significant contact with students and persons contracted by the district to provide services to students. N.J.S.A. 18A:37-22d requires each public school teacher to complete at least two hours of instruction on HIB as part of the State Board of Education’s professional development period.

N.J.S.A. 18A:12-33 (2011) requires harassment, intimidation and bullying (HIB) training for all school board members. N.J.S.A. 18A:26-8.2 requires HIB training for all school leaders. N.J.S.A. 18A:37-22 (2011) requires all teaching candidates seeking certification who have completed a teacher preparation program at a regionally-accredited institution of higher education and those seeking alternative certification to complete a program on HIB prevention. N.J.S.A. 18A:37-23 (2011) requires all candidates for administrative and supervisory certification to complete a program on HIB prevention. N.J.S.A. 18A:6-7.1 (2011) requires the crime of bias intimidation to be included in the criminal record check for all public school employment.
 

N.J.S.A. 18A:40A-15 (1989) and State Board of Education Administrative Code N.J.A.C. 6A:16-3.1(a)4 require that each district board of education provide all educational staff members with in-service training in alcohol, tobacco, and other drug abuse prevention and intervention. The information must be updated annually.

New Mexico

Last Updated: 3/18/2011

Professional Development: : 6.65.2 NMAC requires all public school districts and charter schools to design and implement a professional development plan that meets the guidelines in this rule and that is part of the district/school strategic plan (Educational Plan for Student Success).


Nevada

Last Updated: 6/8/2008

Professional Development: No state policy.


New York

Last Updated: 7/22/2012

Pre-service Requirement: Regulation 52.21 (2003) requires all teachers in New York to complete coursework in health that covers alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, safety and violence prevention and mental health. The Dignity for All Students Act (2012) requires the Commissioner to prescribe regulations that school professionals applying for a license (classroom teachers, counselor, psychologist, social worker, administrator or supervisor or superintendent shall complete training on the social patterns of harassment, bullying and discrimination, as defined in the Act, including but not limited to those acts based on a person's actual or perceived race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sexual orientation, gender or sex, the indentification and mitigation of harassment, bullying and discrimination and strategies for effectively addressing problems of exclusion, bias and aggression in educational settings.

Professional Development: Commissioner's Regulation 100.2 (dd) (2004) requires each school district to adopt a professional development plan that meets the needs, goals, and objectives of the district. Each teacher must complete 175 hours of professional development every five years. Teachers must complete at least one course of two or more clock hours in school violence prevention and intervention.


Ohio

Last Updated: 1/7/2009

Professional Development: ORC 3319.073 (2006) requires the board of education to develop a 4-hour in-service training program in child abuse, violence and substance prevention for all elementary school district employees and service center workers.


Oklahoma

Last Updated: 9/2/2008

Professional Development: Statute 70-24-100.5 (2002) establishes Safe School Committees in every school. One of these committee's goals is to report to the principal the professional development needs of faculty and staff to implement methods to decrease student harassment, intimidation, and bullying.


Oregon

Last Updated: 6/8/2008

Pre-service Requirement: OAR 584-038-0010 (1989) requires that the Basic Elementary teaching endorsement includes three quarter hours of health education and three quarter hours of physical education.

Professional Development: Chapter 618 Oregon Laws (2001) requires that the Center for School Safety board of directors to develop a plan identifying the training needs of instructional staff for classroom management to minimize disruptive and disorderly behavior.


Pennsylvania

Last Updated: 12/28/2011

Professional Development: There are no requirements that all educators must meet regarding health topics. The  Pennsylvania Youth Suicide Prevention Plan (2007-12) plans to implement and recommends suicide prevention training programs in schools for staff and teachers.


Rhode Island

Last Updated: 1/29/2013

Professional Development: Statute 16-22-14 (1986) requires the board of regents to institute workshops to be developed and provided by Samaritans, Inc. for those public school teachers designated to teach the suicide prevention awareness program.

Statute 16-21-30 (2007) requires that each school district shall provide dating violence training to all administrators, teachers, nurses and mental health staff at the middle and high school levels. Upon the recommendation of the administrator, other staff may be included or may attend the training on a volunteer basis. The dating violence training shall include, but not be limited to, basic principles of dating violence, warnings signs of dating violence and the school district's dating violence policy, to ensure that they are able to appropriately respond to incidents of dating violence at school. Thereafter, this training shall be provided yearly to all newly hired staff deemed appropriate to receive the training by the school's administration.


South Carolina

Last Updated: 6/8/2008

Professional Development: Code 59-1-475 (no date available) requires each school district to adopt curriculum for continuing education for teachers and appropriate staff on domestic and family violence. Code 59-63-140 (no date available) requires school districts, as funds allow, to provide training to school employees and volunteers on the district's harassment, intimidation, or bullying policies.

Code 59-10-40 (2005) requires appropriate professional development be provided to teachers and volunteers on the importance of physical activity for young children and the relationship of activity and good nutrition to academic performance and healthy lifestyles. Code 59-10-320 (2005) requires the State Department of Education to notify each school district of the availability of professional development opportunities for implementing the coordinated school health model cited in this statute.


South Dakota

Last Updated: 6/8/2008

Professional Development: None specified.


Tennessee

Last Updated: 2/5/2012

Professional Development: Code §49-6-4302 (1999) calls for the establishment of a Tennessee school safety center by the department of education to develop and evaluate training materials and guidelines on school safety issues for employees.

The Tennessee State Board of Education, HIV/AIDS Policy for Employees and Students of Tennessee Public Schools 5.300 (2005) requires each LEAs Director of Schools to provide all employees with current HIV training. 


Texas

Last Updated: 6/8/2008

Professional Development: The state does not require teachers to participate in professional development covering health education or violence prevention topics.


Utah

Last Updated: 10/3/2010

Professional Development: R277-483 (2003) requires corrective action plans for persistently dangerous schools to include training about harassment and bullying for school personnel. Codes 53A-1a-107 (2003) and 53A-13-109 (2004) allow local school boards and administrators to provide training as needed in the imparting of civic and character education.


Virginia

Last Updated: 11/15/2010

Professional Development: The Virginia Center for School Safety, in collaboration with the Department of Education, provides professional development opportunities to school division personnel in violence, gang, and bullying prevention.

Code 22.1-279.6 (2008) requires the Board of Education to establish guidelines and model policies that include standards for in-service training of school personnel in the management of student conduct and student offense in violation with school board policies.

8VAC20-580-100 (1994) requires schools to provide teachers with information on the relationship between nutrition, learning, and health through educational meetings, seminars, newsletters, or other resource materials.

Staff development in health topics is also brokered through the Virginia Department of Health and the Virginia Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance.

Vermont

Last Updated: 10/4/2010

Professional Development: Board Rule 4212 (2003) requires district substance abuse policies to include the provision of training of school staff so they may competently teach or provide other services required in the school's alcohol and drug abuse prevention education program.


Washington

Last Updated: 6/8/2008

Professional Development: RCW 70.24.290 (1988) requires the superintendent of public instruction to adopt rules that require all public school employees to receive appropriate education and training on the prevention, transmission, and treatment of AIDS, specified in WAC 392-198-015 (1991).

RCW 28A.300.270 (1994) requires the superintendent of public instruction to, within the funds available, contract with school districts, educational service districts, and approved in-service providers to conduct training sessions for school certificated and classified employees in conflict resolution and other violence prevention topics.

SB 5841 (2005) instructs the superintendent of public instruction and the secretary of health to develop uniform policy for in-service training of school staff on the symptoms, treatment, and monitoring of students with asthma.


Wisconsin

Last Updated: 6/8/2008

Professional Development: Statute 115.365 (1995) requires the Department of Public Instruction to develop and conduct training programs in suicide prevention for the professional staff of public and private schools. Statute 115.368 (1995) requires the Department of Public Instruction to develop and conduct training programs in protective behaviors that includes recognizing, avoiding, preventing, and halting physical or psychological situations that may be intrusive or abusive to minors. Statute 115.36 (1999) requires the Department of Public Instruction to develop and conduct training programs for alcohol and other drug abuse prevention for staff professional development.


West Virginia

Last Updated: 3/14/2012

Professional Development: State Board Policy 4373 (2003) requires the department of education to provide training and technical assistance for violence prevention education, substance abuse education, and other education programs, including character education to identify students who are at risk and develop interventions to assure school success for these students. Code 18-2C-5 (no date available) requires each district to provide training on the harassment, intimidation or bullying policy to school employees and volunteers to the extent funds are appropriated. Code 18-2-7b (no date available) requires the State Board prescribe programs for training teachers in conflict resolution skills. State Board Policy 2423 (2007) requires training for all educators every two years in the prevention of communicable diseases including but not limited to HIV/STDs.

Board Policy 4320 (2001) recommends, when grant funds are available, that training programs in nutrition be provided for teachers. Board Policy 2422.5 (2005) requires county boards of education to have a policy for staff development on substance abuse and tobacco control.


Wyoming

Last Updated: 3/25/2012

Pre-service Requirement: The minimum requirement for prospective health teachers in the elementary and middle grades prior to licensure is a bachelor's degree, with no specific health coursework requirements. For prospective teachers in high school, the state requires a bachelor's degree, with an endorsement in health as specified in Section 9 of Rule 4897, Chapter 7 (2002). The specific details of initial licensure are outlined in Rule 5615, Chapter 3 (2004).

Professional Development: Rule 5181, Chapter 15 (2003) requires five semester hours of credit and/or 75 clock hours of professional development for license renewal.


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