Health Education

This page provides you with information on curriculum, rules, and news. We welcome any suggestions you have that will improve this site for people who provide high-quality Health Education programs for students. Join our mailing list and receive updates. 

The Division of Curriculum provides direction and leadership to Health Education programs that serve students from Kindergarten through Grade 12. Curriculum staff members assist districts statewide with implementation of the TEKS. They assist the instructional materials division with the materials adoption process for Kindergarten through Grade 12 Health Education. 

Health Education FAQs 2015 (PDF, 254KB)

Curriculum Standards

Health education standards may be found at Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Health Education 19 TAC Chapter 115.  


Health and Safety Code §161.325 (outside source) states that the Department of State Health Services (DSHS), in coordination with TEA and regional education service centers (ESCs), shall provide and annually update a list of recommended best practice-based programs for implementation in public elementary, junior high, middle, and high schools within the general education setting. DSHS, TEA, and each ESC is required to make the list easily accessible on their websites. The list must include programs in the following areas:

  • Early mental health intervention
  • Mental health promotion and positive youth development
  • Substance abuse prevention
  • Substance abuse intervention  
  • Suicide prevention

For more information about the Public Schools Best Practice-Based Resources, please visit the DSHS website (outside source).

Suicide Prevention Training for Educators in Public Schools

House Bill (HB) 2186 (outside source), which was passed by the 84th Texas Legislature, 2015, and signed into law by Governor Abbott on June 19, 2015, requires suicide prevention training to all new school district and open-enrollment charter school educators annually and to existing school district and open-enrollment charter school educators on a schedule adopted by the TEA by rule. Training must be selected from the list of recommended best practice-based programs that is provided by the DSHS (outside source). School districts and open-enrollment charter schools may also select programs through an independent review of online suicide prevention training materials that comply with the guidelines (PDF, 84KB) developed by the TEA. More information about this training is included in this correspondence (PDF, 131KB). If you have further questions regarding this training, please contact Victoria Ellis in the Division of Educator Preparation by email at or by telephone at (512) 936-8400, Option 5.  

Correspondence Regarding Middle and Junior High School Health Education Instruction and Coordinated School Health Programs 

Health Education Related Links

The following links are about health education:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (outside source)

Choose My  (outside source)

Coordinated School Health Programs  

Dietary Guidelines (outside source)

Evidence-based Programs for Alcohol Awareness  

Evidence-based Prescription Drug Awareness Programs

Local School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) and Health Education Instruction (TEC) (outside source)

National Health Education Standards PreK-12 (outside source)

Office of National Drug Control Policy (outside source)

Parenting and Paternity Awareness (outside source)

Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE) (outside source)

Square Meals (outside source)

Texas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (TAHPERD) (outside source)

Texas Department of State Health Services (outside source)

Texas School Health Advisory Council (TSHAC) (outside source)

Texas Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) (outside source) 

Resources about HIV and AIDS

This document provides you with information on Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) Prevention Resources  (PDF, 88KB).

This page provides Instructional Materials (PDF, 626KB) about HIV and AIDS.

Relating to the Care of Elementary and Secondary School Students with Diabetes  

House Bill (HB) 984 (79th Legislature) amends the Health and Safety Code by adding Chapter 168, Care of Students with Diabetes. This chapter requires school personnel to be trained on diabetes and its management to include hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia.

Students with Diabetes Related Links 

The following links provide information on diabetes:

American Diabetes Association (outside source)

Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention-Diabetes Public Health Resources (outside source)

Guidelines for Training School Employees Who Are Not Licensed Healthcare Professionals (outside source)

Health and Safety Code, Subtitle H, Chapter 168, Care of Students with Diabetes (outside source)

Texas Diabetes Council (outside source)

Texas Risk Assessment for Type 2 Diabetes in Children (outside source)

Implementation Guide