Master of Science in Education in Health Education

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The Department of Health Science offers the MSEd Health Education program for the preparation of professional school health educators. Professional preparation for the field of health education focuses on skills for the promotion of health, and strategies for enhancing and encouraging change toward positive health behaviors.

The MSEd meets the academic requirements established by the New York State Department of Education for professional certification as a health teacher.

Programs leading to certification are subject to New York State Department of Education revision. Please contact the graduate coordinator for the latest information on these programs.

For those with initial certification in health education:

The 36-credit program may be completed in a calendar year by a student attending full-time or completed over longer periods of time for part-time students. This program satisfies the academic requirements for professional certification as a health teacher by the New York State Department of Education.

For those with initial certification in another content area:

Additional health content courses (up to 15 credits by advisement) beyond the 36-credit core curriculum may be required to satisfy the academic requirements for professional certification as a health teacher by the New York State Department of Education.

For those not possessing certification to teach:

In addition to student teaching (nine credits), this alternate program may require a field experience, and additional health content courses beyond the 36-credit core curriculum to satisfy the academic requirements for professional certification as a health teacher by the New York State Department of Education.

Admission to the Program

All applicants for the master of science in education (health education) program must have completed a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university (see the Graduate Admissions section in this catalog for further details). All applicants will be evaluated on an individual basis to determine the course requirements for their program. Academic standards for acceptance into the program include the following:

  1. An undergraduate grade point aver age (GPA) of at least 3.0; (An applicant with an undergraduate GPA of less than 3.0 may present his/her written rationale for acceptance in the application materials.)
  2. Contact information for three academic or professional references. If contacted, the references should comment on the applicant's ability to do graduate work, including:
    1. competence in professional work performance;
    2. academic performance in college;
    3. ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; and
    4. ability to relate effectively with colleagues, students, clients, superior and subordinate personnel, and the general public.
  3. Evidence of having successfully completed ("C" or better) at least two semesters of anatomy and physiology (or equivalent course) and one semester of statistics at the undergraduate level.

Note: Courses completed prior to matriculation may or may not be approved for subsequent inclusion in a successful applicant's Plan of Study, at the discretion of the department. Generally, no more than six credits taken before matriculation will be applied to a graduate student's degree program.

Application, official transcripts from all colleges attended and contact information for three references should be submitted to the Graduate School. Applications and deadlines are available online on the Graduate School website.

The decision to recommend acceptance or rejection of an application lies wholly with the department, whose professional responsibility is to determine if applicants adequately meet academic, professional or ethical standards.

Program Requirements

Students must meet the College's standards for graduate study.

Part I: Required Core Course (24 credits)

  • HLS 600 Issues in Health and Wellness
  • HLS 602 Principles and Philosophy of Health Education
  • HLS 640 Program Planning and Educational Strategies
  • HLS 645 Teaching Methods & Strategies for School HED
  • HLS 650 Communicating in HED
  • HLS 684 Assessment & Evaluation in School HED
  • HLS 686 Research Methods
  • HLS 696 Capstone Seminar & Field Experience

Part II: Electives (12 credits)

Students should consult with their academic advisor to determine appropriate elective choices; some electives may be offered on a fall-only or spring-only basis and during Summer and Winter Sessions.

The 36 credits identified in parts I and II completes the academic requirements for students who already have initial teacher certification in health.

Part III: Additional Health Content Courses for Initial Teacher Certification in Health (up to 15 credits)

Students should have a total of 30 credits of health content across 10 areas to meet the requirements of initial teacher certification in health:

  • Students who already possess initial teacher certification in health are exempt from this requirement.
  • Students who possess an initial teaching certification in another area must complete this requirement.
  • Students who do not possess any teacher certification must complete this requirement.

Part IV: Additional Certification Requirements for Students with no Teacher Certification in any area (12 credits)

  • EDI 509 Teaching Students with Special Needs
  • HLS 595 Student Teaching in Health


Students who complete this program are eligible for the College’s recommendation for New York State certification. Program completion and submission of the recommendation request form are also required to secure the College’s recommendation. Additional New York state certification requirements must be satisfied to earn certification. Students are advised to consult the Brockport Certification Office.