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She is currently the co-principal investigator of the Incredible Years Dinosaur School Sustainability Grant funded by the Duke Endowment to retain social-emotional learning practices in pre-K classrooms across Guilford County.   Dr. Vess joined the HPU faculty in Fall 2011 and served as the Chair of the Specialized Curriculum and Instruction Department for five years before moving into the Associate Dean role. She teaches courses in educational psychology, behavior management, special education, and research methods at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.  Dr. Vess is an active proponent of extending student learning beyond the classroom through service, research, and international experience. She teaches service learning courses that involve partnerships with K-12 schools in the High Point area and has taught courses that involved taking students to South Africa, Australia, and the United Kingdom. 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Previous completed projects include research on the use of Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) with families of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and teaching pre-service educators about response to intervention techniques through local partnerships with school psychologists. Dr. Vess’ recent publications include articles in the Journal of Applied School Psychology and Teaching Education.   Dr. Vess is a Fulbright Scholar and earned her Ph.D. in School Psychology from the University of Georgia where she was a Presidential Fellow. Prior to joining the HPU faculty, Dr. Vess worked as a school psychologist for Guilford County Schools and as a Clinical Therapist at Children’s Hospital in Greenville, SC where she specialized in the diagnosis and treatment of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. 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Upon arriving at High Point University she served as a certified athletic trainer in intercollegiate athletics and instructor in the department of Exercise and Sport Science. Since 2010 Ms. Tarara serves as the coordinator for the Health/Physical Education teacher licensure program as well as the Education Fellows Program. 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Dr. Overstreet is currently pursuing a second doctoral degree in International Health Science Education and Research from TUI University. He is an active member of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, the American Association for Physical Activity and Recreation, American Association for Health Education, Yellowstone Association and Yellowstone Foundation.   Dr. Overstreet has had significant experience in athletic coaching including collegiate track &field/ cross country at both Radford and High Point University. 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Dean of the Stout School of Education
Associate Dean and Associate Professor of the School of Education
Coordinator of Physical Education Activity Courses

The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Health and Physical Education leads to licensure to teach health and physical education in grades K-12.  Undergraduate courses focus on nutrition, health issues, motor development, individual and team sports skill development and analyses. Emphasis is placed on the application of methodologies to the elementary and middle/secondary settings. The major in Health/Physical Education requires 41 hours of coursework in teacher education. Minors in Health Education and Athletic Coaching are also available.

Effective Fall 2019:
Students pursuing degrees in the School of Education will have the option of selecting between the Licensure-Track and Non-Licensure Track programs of study within the Elementary Education, Special Education, Middle Grades Education or Health/Physical Education programs of study.

Licensure Track:
Student Teaching with N.C. licensure will become an optional track that students may pursue at the end of the program.  Choosing this track requires completion of the mandatory 16-week student teaching, all related licensure tests, and the edTPA portfolio.  These credits will be included in the required 128 to graduate.

Degree ONLY (Non-Licensure Track):
Students who choose (or who are moved to) the non-licensure track in the degree program will earn a B.A. degree in Elementary Education, Special Education, Middle Grades Education or Health/Physical Education.  Instead of student teaching students will complete other university electives to reach the required 128 credits for graduation and a four credit internship that is not student teaching.   The School of Education does not apply for North Carolina license as the required student teaching, edTPA portfolio, and teacher exams are not part of this track.

Course Requirements 2021/2022
Bachelor of Arts in Health and Physical Education
Minor in Health Education
Bachelor of Arts in Health and Physical Education
Degree Requirements Credits
Major Requirements 72
University Core Requirements 50
Electives 6
Total 128
Minor in Health Education
Minor Requirements Credits
Course Requirements 20
Total 20
Requirements for B.A. in Health and Physical Education
Requirements for Minor in Health Education
Requirements for B.A. in Health and Physical Education
Course Course Title Credits
EDU 1200 Introduction to Teaching 2*
EDU 2100 The Nature of the Learner 4*
EDU 2200 The 21st Century Classroom 4*
EDU 3100 Students with Disabilities: Characteristics and Service Delivery Models 4
EDU 3110 Educational Technology for Teachers 2
EDU 3280 Literacy in the Content Areas 4
EDU 4008 Technology Integrated Assessment for Middle, Secondary, and Special Students 2
EDU 4166 Using Data to Access Student Impact in K-12 Classrooms 2
EDU 4173 Methods of Teaching Health and Physical Education K-12 4
EDU 4174, EDU 4275 Introduction to Student Teaching or Internship in Education 2
EDU 4200 Diverse Learners and Culturally Relevant Pedagogy 4
EDU 4280 Discipline and Classroom Management Issues for Middle Grade and Secondary Teachers 2
BIO 1120 The Human Body and Exercise 4
HED 1200 Nutrition and Healthy Living 4
HED 2100 Prevention and Substance Abuse 2
HED 2200 Human Sexuality and Relationships 2
HED 3100 Contemporary Health Issues I 2
PEC 1331 Social Dance 1
PEC 2100 Motor Development and Learning 2
PEC 2101 Team Sports: Skill Development and Analysis 4
PEC 2201 Individual Sports: Skill Development and Analysis 4
PEC 3100 Trends and Issues of Teaching Elementary Physical Education 4
PEC 3101 The Application of Physical Education in the Elementary Setting 2
PEC 3200 Trends and Issues in Teaching Adolescent Physical Education 4
PEC 4210 Coaching and Field Experience I 2
*These courses are prerequisites for admission to the Educator Preparation Program.

The following courses are required for licensure:
EDU 4000 Investigation in Teacher Performance Assessment I 1
EDU 4001 Investigation in Teacher Performance Assessment II 2
EDU 4230 Student Teaching Continuation 8
*Required for students officially submitting their edTPA Portfolios
Note: Students may receive only one C- grade in a supporting course. Any subsequent course with a grade of C- or lower must be repeated. A grade of D+ or lower in a supporting course will not be accepted.
Requirements for Minor in Health Education
Course Course Title Credits
EDU 1202 Seminar in Education 2*
EDU 4275 Internship in Education 2*
HED 1200 Nutrition and Healthy Living 4
HED 3100 Contemporary Health Issues 2
*These courses should be taken at the end of the course sequence.

A minimum of 10 credits from the following list:
EXS 4400 Health Behavior Change 4
HED 2100 Prevention and Substance Abuse 2
HED 2200 Human Sexuality and Relationships 4
HED 3200 Women's Health Issues 4*
HED 3300 Aging & Life Choices 4*
PEC 2130 Healthy Living for the Elementary Child 4
PSY 3610 Health Psychology 4**
SPN 2141 Spanish for the Medical Professions 4***
*Prerequisite: Junior Status

**Prerequisite: PSY 2000.

***Prerequisite: SPN 2130 or SPN 2140 or permission of the instructor.
Career Opportunities
High Point University is proud of its graduates. In the last five years, the School of Education has graduated more than 300 students in teacher education and 150 graduate students who have gone on to become classroom teachers and school principals, thereby impacting the lives of thousands of school-aged children. Recent graduates from High Point University’s School of Education have received many honors and distinctions including:
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Study Abroad
At High Point University, our emphasis on global perspectives is designed to provide students with opportunities to enhance their international awareness and to develop their cross-cultural communication skills. Study abroad is strongly encouraged as a part of this emphasis on global studies. With a variety of extraordinary options at some of the most prestigious universities in the world, students at High Point University are encouraged to study abroad as early as the summer after their freshman year. Employers are looking for more than just a degree; they want well-rounded individuals who have familiarity with diverse cultures, special skills, and knowledge of the world around them.
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