School Health Education M.S. K-12, Educator Preparation Program
For further information: SchoolHealthEdGrad@southernct.edu
April 1 for the fall semester November 1 for the spring semester
School Health Education Specialization
The Master of Science in School Health Education is designed to provide students with the necessary academic background to teach health education in grades pre-kindergarten through twelve and to plan, implement, and assess health education programs in the schools. Students completing the program may then obtain either initial certification or a secondary endorsement in school health.
The mission of the School Health Education program at Southern Connecticut State University is to develop content knowledge, skills, and pedagogy in health education and to prepare individuals to teach health in grades pre-kindergarten through twelve.
Program Goals and Objectives
The program vision is to promote health in the State of Connecticut through the preparation of skills for leaders in the field of School Health Education.
The program goals are:
- Provide the knowledge and skills necessary to teach the content areas of health literacy as established by the Connecticut State Department of Education using the ten major content areas of Comprehensive School Health Education.
- Present content that addresses the attitudes, health needs, practices, interests, and strengths of culturally diverse populations.
- Explain knowledge and skills to plan, develop, implement, and evaluate school health curricula and health programs for children and adolescents.
- Define the necessary content and pedagogy to facilitate interactive learning related to health in Pre K–12 classroom settings.
- Prepare teachers to deliver lessons in a cooperative, compassionate, and ethical manner.
- Provide opportunities for conducting research, advanced study, and/or engage in personal growth activities related to school health educators.
- Discuss an avenues for professional development and an opportunity to develop skills and strategies for change within school health education.
The requirements for admission to the School Health Education program for the Master of Science degree and initial teaching certification are:
- Submit the graduate school application to the Office of Graduate Admissions
- Submit all college transcripts to the Office of Graduate Admissions
- Have an undergraduate Q.P.R. of 3.0 or higher
- Take the Praxis® Core exam in reading, writing, and mathematics
- Submit two letters of recommendation
- Submit one essay on why School Health Education is important and why the applicant has chosen it as a career (250 words), and an assessment of personal strengths and weaknesses.
- Complete an entrance interview with members of the School Health Education faculty
- Submit the application for admission into the School of Education
Refer to the section entitled "Admission to Teacher Certification Programs" in the beginning of this catalog under "Application and Admission" for additional information regarding acceptance to a certification program, Praxis® examinations, and student teaching.
School Health Education Specialization
A master of science degree with a specialization in School Health Education is offered through the Exercise Science Department in the School of Education. The program is designed to impart graduate level competencies as developed by American Association for Health Education and the National Council on Health Education Credentialing. The program is based on research-based state of the art concepts and strategies in health education. It is designed to prepare students to teach, establish, implement, plan and evaluate programs of school health education. Students may choose one of the following types of programs:
Program Sequence-63 Credits
As sequencing changes, it is highly recommended that students meet with their program advisor to finalize a list of requirements for graduation.
Students must earn a grade of "B" or higher in each course.
Those students seeking initial certification must complete the following list of prerequisite courses prior to matriculation. The requirements meet both the State of Connecticut and American Association for Health Education (AAHE) standards:
SHE 203 - School Health - 3 credits
IDS 470 - Literacy in Content Area - 1.5 credits
IDS 471 - English Language Learners in Classroom - 1.5 credits
HIS 110 - United States History I - 3 credits
SED 481 - Teaching Exceptional Students in Elementary Education Classrooms - 3 credits
SED 482 - Teaching Exceptional Students in Secondary Education Classrooms - 3 credits
EDU 300 - Student Teaching I - 6 credits
EDU 400 - Student Teaching II - 6 credits
PSY 370 - Educational Psychology - 3 credits
SHE 500 - Health and Society - 3 credits
SHE 505 - School Health Educational Foundations - 3 credits
SHE 547 - Drug Prevention in School Health - 3 credits
SHE 552 - School Health Interventions (Methods) - 3 credits
SHE 554 - Research Techniques - 3 credits
EXS 554 - Research Techniques - 3 credits
EDU 592 - Research in Education - 3 credits
SHE 556 - Methods of Planning and Education School Health Education - 3 credits
SHE 558 - Group Process in School Health - 3 credits
CSP 555 - Interpersonal Group Dynamics - 3 credits
SHE 560 - Curriculum Development in Health Education - 3 credits
SHE 561 - Sex Education - 3 credits
SHE 590 - Thesis/Special Project Seminar I - 3 credits
SHE 594 - Thesis/Special Project Seminar II - 3 credits
SHE 570 - Organization and Administration of School Health Education - 3 credits
SHE 599 - Special Topics - 3 credits (course only taken if student needs to meet credit requirement)
These courses are three credit hours and the total number of required credits of pedagogy coursework for students will be determined on an individual basis.