What are the strengths of your program?
Faculty have extensive experience in teaching health education in a school setting; expertise working with school districts in curriculum development, and staff development; they have received external grant funds for school health education; faculty with state and national recognition in school health education; faculty who have conducted, published and presented competencies for a school health educator; program has flexibility for students to select elective coursework (dependent in their academic background) in education and counselling.
A total of 33 credits are required for the degree. Each module carries 3 credits.
Core modules (6 credits):
HEA 620 School Health Programs (Spring)
HEA 622 Curriculum & Instruction in Health Ed. (Fall)
School Health Concentration Electives (18 credits):
HEA 500 Diseases
HEA 501 Integrative Health
HEA 510 Adolescent Medicine
HEA 511 Stress Management
HEA 512 HIV/AIDS and Public Health
HEA 527 Human Sexuality and Family Life
HEA 529 Mental Health issues in the CSHP
HEA 581 Special Topics in Health (no more than 6 credits permitted)
HEA 623 Substance Abuse Prevention
HEA 543 Transcultural Health
HEA 545 Mind/Body Medicine
NTD 504 Nutrition Education K-12
Education Electives (6 credits):
EDA 511 Inclusion and Collaboration
EDA 542 Foundations of Special Education
EDE 526 Professional Dimensions of Teaching & Learning
EDE 532 Teaching and Learning: Theory to Practice
EDE 533 Social Studies & Health Education in Elementary Schools
EDE 543 Creative Expression in the Elementary Classroom
EDE 544 Integrating Creativity and the Arts across the Curriculum
EDE 551 Child and Adolescent Behavior
EDE 552 The Middle School Child
EDE 554 The Reflective Teacher
EDE 557 Foundations of Cooperative Learning
EDE 563 Teacher as Leader
EDE 565 Effective Classroom Management
EDE 598 Workshops in Elementary Education
EDF 500 Methods and Materials of Research in Education
EDF 509 Contemporary Teaching Trends
EDF 510 Educational Foundations
EDF 511 Foundations of Transformative Education
EDF 520 Comparative Education
EDF 581 Philosophy of Education
EDF 583 The American School as Social Narrative
EDF 589 Sociological Foundations of Education
EDT 500 Integrating Educational Technologies
EDT 501 Using Internet Resources for Curriculum Development
EDT 503 Learning and Leading with Technology
Additional Degree Requirements:
After successful completion of ALL coursework, students must register for HEA 601 Research and Report Writing (3 credits).
What job opportunities exist for program graduates?
• There are limited job opportunities in teaching health education at the K-12 level in Pennsylvania. Many students are employed as health education teachers in other states.
• The majority of our M.Ed. students are teaching K-12 health education or working as a school nurse.
• You could be employed as a health educator for voluntary health agencies, state agencies, federal agencies, or health organizations (hospital, corporate, fitness centers).
• K-12 Health education teacher certification is not offered in this M.Ed. degree.