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This site will provide 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 Grade12 Health Education. 


Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Health Education 19 TAC Chapter 115  


In accordance with Senate Bill (SB) 831, which was passed during the 83rd Legislature, the Department of State Health Services (DSHS), in coordination with the Texas Education Agency (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 shall make the list easily accessible on their website. 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; and
  • Suicide prevention.

For more information about the programs, please visit


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

Related Links

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - Promotes disease prevention, healthy schools, and healthy youth.  (outside source)

Coordinated School Health Programs  

Dietary Guidelines

Evidence-based Programs for Alcohol Awareness

Health Science- Secondary career education program for students interested in pursuing a career in health care.

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

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

Office of National Drug Control Policy

National Health Education Standards PreK-12

Parenting and Paternity Awareness

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

 Square Meals - Child nutritional program sponsored by the Texas Department of Agriculture.

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

Texas Department of State Health Services

Texas Education Agency Health and Safety Division

Texas Obesity Prevention Plan - Tools and resources for healthy eating and physical activity.

Texas School Health Advisory Council (TSHAC)


Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) Prevention Resources (PDF, 88KB)Instructional Materials


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.


Related Links

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 (outside source)



Barney Fudge, Statewide Coordinator, Health and Safety
Texas Education Agency
1701 North Congress Avenue
Austin, Texas 78701-1401
(512) 463-9581

Curriculum Division
(512) 463-9581  

Page last modified on 10/10/2014 11:38:26 AM.