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Drug Education
EEND and MSED-733

  • Template 2015
  • Section TMPL
  • 3 Credits
  • 07/22/2015 to 07/22/2115
  • Modified 10/27/2022

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. 


Focuses upon the development and evaluation of drug education curricula.  Emphasis will be placed on issues, techniques and resources necessary for the health educator to positively impact and inform the school, community and home environments.  This course is designed to provide a historical background and understanding of the origins of drug use as well as current information about the use and abuse of common legal and illegal drugs.  Content will also center on drug tolerance, withdrawal, medical uses and the effects drugs have on the human body.


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.

Understanding Students

Candidates will develop skills to classify and recognize drugs that are in our schools and communities. Candidates will apply state and national health standards for comprehensive health lessons.

Serving the Community

Candidates will create an understanding of what resources their community provides for prevention education. Candidates will also produce a handout that can be used in their own professional environment that shows the warning signs of abuse.

Finding Our Professional Selves

Candidates will develop lessons and activities with resources, for use in their own classes.


Access to standards referenced in this section can be found HERE

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

  1. Categorize illicit drugs based on side effects on the body and addictive properties (HETE: 1a, 1d)
  2. Distinguish between drug use, drug abuse, and drug misuse (HETE: 1a, 1d, 2b, 2c, 3b, 3c, 4b)
  3. Be an educated consumer of over the counter medications and alternative medicines (HETE: 1a, 1d)
  4. Statistically evaluate youth drug abuse/trends and rates nationally and locally based on age and/or gender by communicating with local authorities, school personnel or media sources. (HETE: 1a, 1d, 2a)
  5. Identify your local ATOD prevention programs that are currently active within your school system. (HETE: 1a, 1c)
  6. Identify social and emotional consequences upon addicts and their families. (HETE: 1a, 1b)
  7. Develop an effective worksheet, lesson and/or assessment activities for the ATOD unit. HETE: 1c, 2b, 2f, 3a-–3c, 4c)
  8. Produce a tool for parents/educators of warning signs of abuse. (HETE: 1a, 1b, 3a–3c, 4c, 5a, 5c)


Current Events: Each week you will have a different main topic that you will research and respond to. It may include research with in your own school, community, county, and/or state. In addition to your personal response, you will be required to complete a minimum of two peer review to a peer’s post. This will be assigned randomly.

  • Course outcomes 1,2,6
  • Standards 1a, 1b, 1d, 2b, 2c, 3b, 3c, 4b

Weekly Reading (Text Discussions): Each week you have a reading component and write up about your thoughts on the text book, articles or videos. We will discuss this as a class via “text discussions”. You’re required to respond to a minimum of two other students’ posts per week. The responses will be to posts of your choosing.

  • Course outcomes 1,2,3,4,6
  • Standards 1a, 1b, 1d, 2b, 2c, 3b, 3c, 4b

Lesson/Classroom Worksheet: After the introductory week, the candidate will be developing an applicable worksheet as is relates to over-the-counter medications and proper usage.

  • Course outcomes 3
  • Standards 1a, 1d

Lesson Plan: Candidates will develop an effective lesson plan corresponding to one drug category that is related to the level that they teach. An assignment requirement also includes completing two peer reviews. These will be randomly assigned.

  • Course outcomes 4,5
  • Standards 1a, 1c, 1d, 2a

Parent Handout: Candidates will also develop on handout that parents/educators can use as a tool to know what the warning signs of drug use/abuse are.

  • Course outcomes 7,8
  • Standards 1a, 1c, 2b, 2f, 3a–3c, 4c, 5a, 5c

Final: Evaluation of content knowledge and theory that is applicable to your design of your future drug education course. Final exam structure will consists of multiple scenarios, individualized course content and further development of your philosophy of education.

  • Course outcomes 5
  • Standards 1a, 1c

Institutional Policies

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  • 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.
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  • 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 Disability 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 Disability 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 Disability Services at 815-740-3631 or [email protected] . The Office of Disability Services is in the Academic Resource Center (ARC) and is located on the second floor of the LaVerne and Dorothy Brown Library in room L214. Consultations are welcome, please contact the Office of Disability Services for an appointment.

Technology Support

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Academic Support Services

The Academic Resource Center (ARC) located in Room L214 in the Library (815-740-5060) 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.