HECAT Online Instructional Guides
These guides provide detailed information about using the Health Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (HECAT).
In this series, readers will find instructional information on HECAT’s overview and rationale, and how to use HECAT Online to perform curriculum analyses or develop a health education scope and sequence. Each guide includes links and additional resources to help HECAT Online users.
- Health Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (HECAT): Overview [PDF - 498 KB]This guide includes the overview and rationale of CDC’s HECAT, including information about accessing and using HECAT Online.
- Using HECAT Online to Perform a Curriculum Analysis: General Instructions [PDF - 455 KB]This guide includes information and step-by-step instructions for using HECAT Online to conduct a health education curriculum analysis.
- Using HECAT Online to Develop a Scope and Sequence for Health Education [PDF - 804 KB]This guide includes information about how to use HECAT Online to develop a scope and sequence for a single health topic or grade span, or for comprehensive health education across multiple health topics and grades Pre-K through 12.
- Using HECAT Online to Analyze Comprehensive Health Education (CHE) Curriculum: General Instructions [PDF - 672 KB]This guide includes information about how to complete HECAT Online tasks for analyzing comprehensive health education curricula.
HECAT Fact Sheet: Summary
The HECAT provides a structured and systematic process to improve curriculum selection and development, and is designed for use by:
- Curriculum committees or educators in school districts, schools, or community-based organizations that work with schools.
- State or local education agency staff.
- Other curriculum developers.
- Faculty and students in institutions of higher education teacher preparation programs.
Choosing or developing the best possible curriculum is an important step towards ensuring quality health education.