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The School and Community Health Education Program: Major for Health Educators

Candidates are eligible for initial New York State teaching certification and the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) designation.  The program prepares graduates to teach health in grades PreK – 12.  Students enrolled in this professional program must achieve a grade of “C” or better (a grade of C- does not meet this requirement) in each required health science course (HLS and HLP) and each required course taken outside of the Department of Health Science for completion of the program.  In addition, students must achieve a minimum of a 2.5 grade point average for all course work completed at The College at Brockport as a prerequisite to enrollment in any 400-level professional course (HLP).  Upon completion of this program, all of the academic requirements needed to earn a New York State teaching certificate in Health Science are satisfied and the student is eligible to request Brockport’s Recommendation for Certification and/or sit for the CHES examination.  

Download more information about the Professional Program in School and Community Health Education.

For more information on the certification program, please go to Brockport's Certification website

You can also download the course information below.

A. Required Health Science Liberal Arts Courses (24 Credits) Credits
HLS 303: Environmental Health 3
HLS 311: Nutrition 3
HLS 312: Mental Health 3
HLS 313: Introduction to Safety 3
HLS 314: Family Life Science 3
HLS 409: Introduction to Alcohol and Other Drugs 3
HLS 419: Human Sexuality 3
HLS 488: Applied Biostatistics and Epidemiology 3
Total: 24


B. Required Courses in Other Disciplines (14 Credits)* Credits
BIO 321: Anatomy and Physiology I 4
BIO 322: Anatomy and Physiology II 4
PSH 384: Child Psychology 3
EDI 409: Teaching Students with Special Needs Across the Curriculum 3
Total: 14

*Notes:  BIO 321 and 322 have a prerequisite requirement; PSH 110 or 112 is a strongly recommended prerequisite for PSH 384.

C. Required Professional Health Education Courses Credits
HLP 302: Foundations of Health Education
(Note: HLP 302 is normaly taken during the second semester
of the sophomore year or the first semester of the junior year)
HLP 491: Health Education Methods 3
HLP 492: Interpersonal Communication in Health Education 3
HLP 493: Health Education Program Planning and Evaluation 3
HLP 485: Dimensions of Teaching School and Community Health 3
HLP 486: Experiential Health Education 3
(Note: HLP 491, 492, 493, 485 and 486 are taken concurrently and are offered only in the fall semester. Students may enroll in these courses only after the completion of all general education requirements and all professional requirements specified in A, B and C above. A request for variance from this policy must be approved by the Professional Education Program Committee and the department chairperson.)
HLP 495: Practicum in School Health Education
HLP 496: Practicum in Community Health Education 3-12
Total: 30-42


(Note: HLP 495 and 496 are taken only after the successful completion of all general education and professional program requirements. A request for a variance from this policy must be approved by the Professional Education Program Committee and the department chairperson. Students in the professional program must complete one, but may choose to complete both of these practica.)

The Department of Health Science has a professional responsibility to deny admission or continuation in any of its undergraduate or graduate programs to any student whose level of performance and/or personal characteristics do not adquately meet academic professional or ethical standards.

All students considering a Department of Health Science program or concentration are invited contact the department's chair or any member of the department faculty for further information and guidance.

Department of Health Science
SUNY College at Brockport 23 Hartwell Hall
350 New Campus Drive Brockport, NY 14420-2979

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Last Updated 3/5/15