School Health Education

Teach health science in California middle and high schools. School health educators teach young people health and wellness strategies so that they can make healthy choices, and prevent illnesses, obesity, and addiction. 

Health Science, School Health Education Option, B.S.

Students seeking this option must also be admitted to the College of Education's Single Subject Credential Program. Students must successfully complete all required coursework and teaching assignments leading to a California Single Subject Teacher Credential.

  • Health education teacher in middle, junior, and high schools
  • Health education curriculum coordinator
  • Substance abuse prevention coordinator  


According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment of high school teachers is projected to grow 8 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations. 

Annual median wages

  • Kindergarten and Elementary School Teachers: $57,980 
  • High School Teachers: $60,320 

Service orientation

School health educators want to help young people achieve a healthy lifestyle. 

Interpersonal skills

School health educators need to build positive relationships with students, other teachers, parents, and administrators. 


School health educators are patient when working with students at different learning levels. 

Communication skills

School health educators should be able to clearly present and explain new ideas to students. 

Instructional skills

School health educators should have public speaking skills. They should be comfortable teaching classes and facilitating discussions.