CAGS in Health Education

The CAGS in Health Education (Licensure Track) prepares you with the knowledge of content in health education. You do not need to hold an undergraduate degree in health education to enter this licensure program. However, you must complete (or have completed) a university course in anatomy and physiology, and have evidence of first-aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training. Incoming students must hold a master’s degree or its international equivalent from an accredited university. The program sequence includes coursework in human development, curriculum planning, nutrition, sexuality, special education, research design, and foundations in education. In addition to coursework, you will participate in a pre-practicum experience and student-teaching experience.

The program has two separate tracks: the Licensure Track and the Non-Licensure Track.

Licensure Track: The Licensure Track is for students who know they want to teach in public schools. Upon completion of the program, you will meet the requirements for an initial license to teach health education to students in grades K–12.

Non-Licensure Track: The Non-Licensure Track is designed for students who have attained licensure or who want the flexibility to design a program around individual interests and educational goals.

Health Education students are encouraged to complete a five-hour community service option. There are many opportunities for community service in our program and in the local community. If you are interested in community service during your CAGS program, you will work with your advisor to determine appropriate opportunities.

Licensure Track

The school health education sequence prepares students to teach health education at both the elementary and secondary school level. This sequence is a state-approved licensure program.

Core Coursework (28 cr)

  • SED ED 500/501 Foundations of Educational Practices/Lab (6 cr)
  • SED CE 705 Lifespan Development (3 cr)
  • SED HE 722 Development of the Health Curriculum (4 cr)
  • SED HE 523 Applied Nutrition (4 cr)
  • SED HE 724 Sexuality, Culture, and Human Development (2 cr)
  • SED RS 600 Introduction to Research (4 cr)
  • SED HE 720 Selected Problems in Health Education (3 cr)
  • SED SE 510 Special Education: Curriculum and Instruction (2 cr)

Practicum (8 cr)

SED HE 554 Health Education Student Teaching

Students participate in a practicum experience under the direction of a licensed supervising practitioner.

Additional Requirements for Licensure

  • A minimum of one class in human anatomy/physiology or exercise science
  • An updated certificate in basic first aid and CPR

Comprehensive Examination

CAGS candidates must file a formal application for a departmental comprehensive examination with the department chair and faculty advisor. The examination must be completed successfully.

Non-Licensure Track

Core Coursework (12 cr)

  • SED RS 600 Introduction to Research (4 cr)
  • SED HE 720 Selected Problems in Health Education (3 cr)
  • SED SE 510 Special Education: Curriculum and Instruction (2 cr)
  • SED CE 705 Lifespan Development (3 cr)

Elective Coursework (20 cr)

Students complete elective courses for a total of 20 credits. Elective coursework is chosen in consultation with an academic advisor. Students may choose electives from the following list of courses and take other courses as electives with the approval of an academic advisor.

  • SED HE 522 Community Health (4 cr)
  • SED HE 523 Applied Nutrition (4 cr)
  • SED PE 515 Institute on Physical Fitness (4 cr)
  • SED PE 505 Foundations of Sport Science (2 cr)
  • SED PE 705 Analysis of Teaching (4 cr)
  • SED PE 507 The Structure and Functions of the Human Body for Educators (2 cr)

Comprehensive Examination

CAGS candidates must file a formal application for a departmental comprehensive examination with the department chair and faculty advisor. The examination must be completed successfully.