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Injury Prevention and Safety

  • Template 2019
  • Section TMPL
  • 3 Credits
  • 02/20/2019 to 07/29/2100
  • Modified 08/15/2023

Mission Statement

As a Catholic university rooted in the liberal arts, we are a welcoming community of learners challenged by Franciscan values and charism, engaged in a continuous pursuit of knowledge, faith, wisdom, and justice, and ever mindful of a tradition that emphasizes reverence for creation, compassion and peacemaking. We strive for academic excellence in all programs, preparing women and men to contribute to the world through service and leadership. 


Designed to provide the candidate with  the knowledge of and the ability to critically analyze safety and injury prevention  that is associated with such topics as motor vehicles, home, personal protection, recreation, school, natural/man-made  disasters, and occupational hazards.  The causes, public health approaches, and prevention efforts will be identified.   Best practices for developing and delivering a Safety Education curriculum will be explored.


College of Education Mission

The mission of the College of Education is to prepare competent and caring educators who understand students, serve the community and develop professionally to become ethical decision-makers and leaders.


Candidates will develop an understanding of safety and injury prevention in a variety of life situations that may impact students.


Candidates will have the knowledge to provide awareness of safety issues within their school and community.     


Candidates will recognize the importance of safety education and injury prevention as component of maintaining good health.


Access to standards referenced in this section can be found HERE

By the conclusion of the course, each participant will be able to do the following:

  1. Analyze the principles of safety and injury prevention in a variety of settings. InTasc 3, 4, 5
  2. Analyze influences on public policy that have impacted change in school, home and workplace safety policies. InTasc 4,5
  3. Describe the roles of related public health agencies such as OSHA, Red Cross, National Safety Council, and the Health and Safety Authority and the influence they have on public/school safety. InTasc 4,5
  4. Identify protective strategies associated with personal/school safety (Vehicle, Home, Bicycle, Facility, Chemical Disposal and/or Business) and teach students how to apply these to their everyday life. InTasc 4,5, 7
  5. Evaluate and revise a school safety plan for the well-being of students and staff. InTasc 3, 4,5, 7, 10
  6. Identify procedures and protocol for recreational/sport/personal injury. InTasc 4,5,7,10
  7. Develop teaching tools for safety education. InTasc 4,5,7,8


Content and Text Related Discussions

Candidates will be assigned discussion topics to complete each week/module.  The discussion assignments relate to topics pertaining to safety issues and injury prevention.

  • Course outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7
  • Standards: InTasc 3,4,5,6,8,10

Safe Environment Interview

Candidates interview a building/district level administrator and discuss policy, guidelines and regulations that are needed to ensure a safe environment for employees, students and/or customers.

  • Course Outcomes: 1,2 
  • Standards: InTasc 3,4,5

Research Organizations and Role in Public Health

Candidates will research a variety of health and safety organizations and discuss the role and impact in public health/safety. 

  • Course Outcomes: 1,2,3 
  • Standards: InTASC  3,4,5

School Safety Plan

Candidates will demonstrate an understanding of the Illinois School Safety Drill Act and the role this policy as well as local district policies have in the development of a school safety plan.

  • Course Outcomes: 1,5
  • Standards: InTASC 3,4,5,7,10

Safety Checklist

Candidates will create safety checklists to be used by students to evaluate home, work, or recreational safety. 

  • Course outcomes: 4
  • Standards: InTASC 4,5,7

Interactive ThingLink

Candidates will develop interactive images to address inspection/safety checks.

  • Course Outcomes: 4,7 
  • Standards: InTASC 4,5,7,8

Interview a Department Chair or an Administrator

Candidates will interview a Department Chair or an Administrator involved with Driver Education.  Some basic knowledge questions will be discussed in the interview that will help prepare the candidate for day one of behind the wheel. 

  • Course outcomes: 5 
  • Standards: InTASC 3,4,5,7,10

Prevention Strategies Infographic

Candidates will create infographics to explain a variety of heart-related health situations.

  • Course Outcomes: 1,6
  • Standards: InTASC 3,4,5,7,10

Injury Prevention Unit Plan

Candidates will design activities and/or lessons related to general safety procedures that can be implemented in both phases of Driver Education (classroom and behind the wheel).

  • Course Outcomes: 7 
  • Standards; InTASC 4,5,7,8

Institutional Policies

Students should use the MyUSF portal as the first resource for guidance and support on items such as student complaints, safety, security and transportation questions, contact information for various USF departments, student support services such as counseling and academic resources. Information on these resources can be found in the For Students section of the MyUSF portal.

  • A complete listing of university policies and procedures can be found in the University of St. Francis Catalog and Student Handbooks. Students are expected to follow all policies in the USF Catalog and Student Handbook, both of which can be found in the student portal.
  • Students are expected to be familiar with and follow the various procedures and guidelines regarding USF’s COVID-19 Response, including the USF Preparedness Plan and other materials incorporated in the Saints United resource hub (
  • Policies not covered in this document will be handled in accordance with the USF Catalog, Student Handbook, and Program Handbook as applicable.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity requires that all academic work be wholly the product of an identified individual or individuals. Collaboration is only acceptable when it is explicitly acknowledged. Ethical conduct is the obligation of every member of the University community, and breaches of academic integrity constitute serious offenses. Since a lack of integrity hinders the student’s academic development, it cannot be tolerated under any circumstances. Violations include but are not limited to: cheating, fabrication, facilitating academic dishonesty, plagiarism, and denying others access to information or material. See the University of St. Francis Catalog for further clarification and information on grievance procedures.

Services and Accommodations for Students with Disabilities (ADA)

The University strives to be in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA). A student who requires special accommodations or arrangements due to a disability should contact the Office of Accessibility Services. This contact preferably should occur no later than the first week of classes. Early contact before the semester starts is encouraged to allow sufficient time to provide accommodations. Extra time is needed for some types of accommodations such as sign language interpreters or special text formatting. Should a need arrive after the start of a semester; the student is encouraged to contact the Office of Accessibility Services as soon as possible. Note that accommodations are not retroactive. Each case will be reviewed on an individual basis to determine reasonable and appropriate accommodations.

USF is committed to ensuring the full participation of all students in its programs, regardless of the course format. If you have a documented disability and need a reasonable accommodation to participate in a course, complete course requirements, or benefit from the University’s programs or services, please contact the Office of Accessibility Services at 815-740-3631 or [email protected] . The Office of Accessibility Services is located on the third floor of Tower Hall in room N320. Consultations are welcome; please contact the Office of Accessibility Services for an appointment.

Academic Support Services

The Academic Resource Center (ARC) located in Room N316 in Tower Hall (815-740-5060 or [email protected]) offers various types of academic services.  Online and distance learning students can contact ARC for appropriate resources.  ARC serves students who need tutoring in many areas of study including writing and math.  Library services include a number of online services and full text databases.  Call the Library at 815-740-5041 for additional information.  If you need academic-related resources or assistance, please contact the Academic Resource Center.

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