Health Pre K-12 Teacher, M.S.Ed. Program

This program is designed for students seeking a master's degree in Teaching Health Education. Graduates of this program are recommended for New York State Initial or Professional Certification in Health Education (Pre K-12). Students are supervised in their fieldwork and student teaching by faculty members of the Health Education program in the Department of Health Sciences. Advisement is provided by the Graduate Program Director and faculty members of the Health Education Program in the Department of Health Sciences and/or the Department of Middle and High School Education.

To be eligible for this Master's Program, potential students must fall into one of the following categories:

Sequence 1 (39 credits). Students who already possess New York State certification in a related area and who seek additional certification in Health Education Pre K-12.

Sequence 2 (30 credits). Students who already possess New York State certification in health education and who seek professional certification in Health Education Pre K-12.

Admission Requirements

  • Possess a Bachelor's degree (or its equivalent) from an accredited college or university.
  • Submit scores of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) revised general test, i.e., verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and analytical writing.
  • Demonstrate the ability to successfully pursue graduate study by having attained a minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or higher.
  • Three letters of recommendation and a Personal Goal Statement.
  • For Sequence 1 admission, possess New York State teacher certification in an area other than health education.
  • For Sequence 2 admission, possess New York State teacher certification in health education.

Degree Requirements

Students must consult with the graduate adviser in the health education program before starting their Master's Program. During their first semester, matriculated students are required to plan their graduate program with an adviser in the health education program. 

Students must complete one of the two sequences outlined below:

Sequence 1 (39 credits):

For students who already possess New York State certification in another subject and who seek certification in Health Education Pre K-12. Course and credit requirements are as follows:

Required HEA courses (9 credits):

Credits
HEA 602Research Methods in Health Education

3

HEA 603History and Philosophy of Health Education and Promotion

3

HEA 620Health Counseling

3

HEA electives (12)

Courses linking health with teaching strategies (9):

Credits
HEA 671Teaching Strategies for Health; Psychosocial Wellness

3

HEA 672Teaching Strategies for Health: Health Promotion Behaviors

3

HEA 673Teaching: Strategies for Health: Disease and Disability

3

Special Education (3):

Credits
ESC 506Special Needs Education in TESOL and Secondary Settings

3

Or

EDS 701Understanding Individuals with Disabilities

3

EDS 701: Or equivalent.

Student Teaching (3 credits):

Credits
ESC 595Internship in Classroom Teaching

1-3

ESC 611Teaching Internship Seminar in Secondary Education

1

ESC 595: For in-service teachers.

Master's Project (3):

Credits
ESC 708Project Seminar in Curriculum, Materials, and Assessment in Specialized Areas

3

ESC 708: Culminates in an approved curriculum project

Sequence 2 (30 credits):

For students who already possess New York State certification in health education and who seek professional certification in Health Education Pre K-12. The curriculum consists of 30 graduate credits. Course and credit requirements are as follows:

Required HEA courses (9 credits):

Credits
HEA 602Research Methods in Health Education

3

HEA 603History and Philosophy of Health Education and Promotion

3

HEA 620Health Counseling

3

Health electives (3)

Courses linking health with teaching strategies (9):

Credits
HEA 671Teaching Strategies for Health; Psychosocial Wellness

3

HEA 672Teaching Strategies for Health: Health Promotion Behaviors

3

HEA 673Teaching: Strategies for Health: Disease and Disability

3

Special Education (3):

Credits
ESC 506Special Needs Education in TESOL and Secondary Settings

3

Or

EDS 701Understanding Individuals with Disabilities

3

EDS 701: Or equivalent.

Student Teaching (3 credits):

Credits
ESC 595Internship in Classroom Teaching

1-3

ESC 611Teaching Internship Seminar in Secondary Education

1

ESC 595: For in-service teachers.

Master's Project (3):

Credits
ESC 708Project Seminar in Curriculum, Materials, and Assessment in Specialized Areas

3

Culminates in an approved curriculum project