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 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.

Program Fast Facts

  • Program Requirements: To view a listing of program requirements and coursework information, please visit the Boston University Bulletin for the CAGS in Health Education.
  • Program Duration:
    Licensure Full-time (12-18 credits/semester): 2–4 semesters
    Licensure Part-time (8 credits/semester): 4–5 semesters
    Non-licensure Full-time (12-18 credits/semester): 2-3 semesters
    Non-licensure Part-time (8 credits/semester): 4 semesters
  • Start Term: You may begin the program during the fall, spring, or summer semester.
  • Licensure: Upon completion of required coursework and Massachusetts testing requirements, you may receive initial licensure to teach health education to students in grades K–12.
  • Prerequisites: This program requires a Masters degree or an international equivalent.
  • Faculty Contact Information: Professor Sarah Benes,, 617-353-3300
  • Graduate Admissions Contact Information:, 617-353-4237
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Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate students at the School of Education benefit from the community feel of a small school along with the resources of a large university. Our students are in the field in both urban and suburban schools as early as their first year at SED.

Graduate Students

Talented graduate students from around the world prepare to become teachers, counselors, administrators, and more in as little as one year at the School of Education. Our students engage in diverse aspects of education both in the classroom and the field.