Academic Catalog

Health Education (Teaching) Major — B.S.

No additional students are being admitted to this program as of Fall 2021

This program prepares students to educate others about personal, family, and community health concerns, including maintaining good health and preventing illness. Graduates may teach health in elementary and secondary schools or serve in public health and social service agencies. The curriculum has a broad, interdisciplinary orientation that emphasizes the biological, psychological, and sociological aspects of health. A full semester of student teaching in the senior year is required in this program. The semester is divided into two separate placements, with one of the placements in a high needs school, as required by New York State.  Students who complete this major qualify to take the national examination to be certified as health education specialists and are eligible to apply for initial teacher certification after successfully completing the appropriate examinations. New York certification requires the New York State Teacher Certification Examinations; other states may require the Praxis examination or another designated state teaching examination.

All candidates for initial teaching certification must attend workshops on child-abuse identification and prevention, school violence prevention, and Harassment, Bullying and Discrimination in Schools: Prevention and Intervention (DASA). The evening workshops are offered each semester. For more information about certification requirements, and for information about fingerprinting requirements, see the “Office of Teaching and Certification” page of the Department of Education website.

Special Academic Status Policy for Health Education Majors

Acceptance into and retention in the health education major is subject to compliance with the following academic standards:

  1. GPA Requirement: All students in teacher education programs in HPPE must have a cumulative 2.50 GPA at the end of each semester of their first year. Sophomores, juniors and seniors must maintain an overall 2.75 GPA at the end of each semester. If the cumulative GPA falls below the required standard, the student will be placed on program warning.  The student will be provided with one semester to attain the requisite cumulative GPA. Any student who fails to meet the standard for two consecutive semesters is subject to dismissal from the program.

  2. Demonstrated Success in Core Courses: Students must receive at least a C in all required courses with an EDUC, PHED or HLTH designation and maintain a 2.50 GPA throughout their first year and 2.75 GPA throughout sophomore, junior and senior years. Failure to meet a C grade mandates repeating the course. Students will not be allowed to participate in student teaching (HLTH 44100 and HLTH 44800) until the student achieves a grade of C or above in EDUC, PHED or HLTH required courses.

  3. Student Teaching Application: Students must file an application for student teaching during the year prior to the student teaching experience. The student is responsible for attending all department meetings and to respond to emails from the Coordinator of Student Teaching about the application, placement sites, and deadlines. The application for student teaching requires that the student possess a current American Red Cross CPR card.

  4. Student Teaching Grade: Students may not complete the program with a grade lower than a B in the following courses. The degree cannot be granted if this standard is not met.

a.  HLTH 44100  Student Teaching in Health Education
b.  HLTH 44800  Seminar in Health Education


General requirements17
Professional health core30
Professional health electives9
Professional education20
Integrative Core Curriculum 125-26
Complementary Liberal Arts - Required14
Free electives4-5
Total Credits120

Degree Requirements 

SOCI 30800Counseling Theory and Dynamics3
or SOCI 30900 Group Counseling
SOCI 10100Introduction to Sociology3
RLS 12500Understanding Disability: Characteristics, Causes, Services3
EXSS 12000Anatomy and Physiology I4
EXSS 12100Anatomy and Physiology II4
HLTH 13901Technology for the Professional Edge3
HLTH 15200Introduction to Health and Physical Education3
HLTH 20200Human Nutrition3
HLTH 21300Wellness: Multicultural Perspectives on Health and Healing3
HLTH 22800Human Sexuality3
HLTH 22900Disease and Lifestyle3
HLTH 31500Family Health Problems3
HLTH 33300Development and Evaluation of Health Programs3
HLTH 35000Drug Use and Abuse3
HLTH 43900Assessment in Health Education3
Select 9 credits of the following:9
Abnormal Psychology
Family Therapy
Women and Health
Medical Terminology
Personal Health
Emergency Health Care
Critical Health Issues
Emergency Health Care Instructor
Stress: Its Nature and Management
Community Health
Health Promotion in the Workplace
Front Page Public Health: Policy and Epidemiology
HLTH 399xx
Selected Topics in Health
HLTH 452xx
Independent Study in Health
Introduction to Aging Studies
EDUC 10200Reading Foundations2
EDUC 19210Child Abuse Identification and Prevention0
EDUC 19230School Violence Prevention0
EDUC 19240Harassment, Bullying, and Discrimination in Schools: Prevention and Intervention0
HLTH 36000Curriculum and Materials in Health Education3
HLTH 42000Teaching Strategies in Health Education3
HLTH 44100Student Teaching in Health Education10
HLTH 44800Seminar in Health Education 12
EDUC 21010Educational Psychology3
EDUC 22900Second Language Acquisition: Its Nature and Meaning for Educators2
EDUC 34000Social and Cultural Foundations of Education3
Language elective 26
Total Credits90