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

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 (51 credits). Liberal arts and sciences graduates who lack professional education coursework and who seek initial certification in Health Education Pre K-12. *Note: Not expected to be offered 2014-2016

Sequence 3 (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.
  • Demonstrate the ability to successfully pursue graduate study by having attained a minimum grade average of B in the undergraduate record as a whole and an average of B in courses most relevant to the graduate discipline.
  • 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, submit scores on the appropriate New York State teacher certification examinations. *Note: Not expected to be offered 2014-2016
  • For Sequence 3 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 three 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 (12 credits): HEA 600 (3), 602 (3), 603 (3), 620 (3)
  • HEA electives (9)
  • Courses linking health with teaching strategies (9): HEA 671 (3), 672 (3), 673 (3)
  • Special Education (3): ESC 506 (3) or EDS 701 (3) or equivalent
  • Student Teaching (3 credits): ESC 595 (for in-service teachers; 2 credits) and ESC 611 (1 credit)
  • Master's Project (3): ESC 708 (3). Culminates in an approved curriculum project

Sequence 2 (51 credits): For liberal arts and sciences graduates who lack professional education coursework and who seek initial certification in Health Education Pre K-12. Course and credit requirements are as follows:

  • Required HEA courses (12 credits): HEA 600 (3), 602 (3), 603 (3), 620 (3)
  • HEA electives (9)
  • Courses linking health with teaching strategies (9): HEA 671 (3), 672 (3), 673 (3)
  • Core Education (12 credits): ESC 501 (3), 502 (3), ESC 506 (3) or EDS 701 (3) or equivalent, 529 (3)
  • Student Teaching (6 credits): 596 (for pre-service teachers, 3 credits) and ESC 612 (3 credits).
  • Master's Project (3): ESC 708 (3). Culminates in an approved curriculum project

*Note: Not expected to be offered 2014-2016

Sequence 3 (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 (12 credits): HEA 600 (3), 602 (3), 603 (3), 620 (3)
  • Courses linking health with teaching strategies (9): HEA 671 (3), 672 (3), 673 (3)
  • Special Education (3): ESC 506 (3) or EDS 701 (3) or equivalent
  • Student Teaching (3 credits): ESC 595 (for in-service teachers; 2 credits) and ESC 611 (1 credit)
  • Master's Project (3): ESC 708 (3). Culminates in an approved curriculum project

Last modified: 7/14/2014