CAGS in Health Education

The Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) in Health Education has two tracks: licensure and non-licensure. Students do not need to hold an undergraduate degree in health education to enter this licensure program. However, students must complete (or have completed) a university course in anatomy and physiology, and have evidence of first-aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training. Both programs focus on developing knowledge and skills that will prepare students to be effective practitioners in a variety of fields from schools to community settings. There is a range of coursework offered. Students will work with their advisor to determine appropriate courses to meet their goals.

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

Licensure Track

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

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

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.

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.