Examples of Acceptable Coursework for Certification in Health Education

A well-rounded knowledge of health topics is necessary. As such, a maximum of 12 semester hours of coursework is acceptable from each Health discipline. Also, a maximum of 6 semester hours of Anatomy and Physiology coursework is acceptable for the Personal Health and Fitness discipline.

Personal Health and Fitness Discipline

• Human Growth and Development
• Child or Adolescent Psychology
• Health Psychology
• Mental and Emotional Health
• Mind/Body Dimensions in Health
• Anatomy and Physiology
• Multidimensional Aspects of Stress
• Stress Management
• Healthy Behaviors
• Effects of Nutrition on Health
• Effects of Exercise on Health
• Disease and Illness
• Health and Disease Issues
• Chronic and Communicable Diseases
• Bereavement/Death/Suicide-related Health Issues
• Sexual Health
• STD Prevention
• Critical Health Problems
• Issues in Health and Wellness
• Wellness and Health Promotion
• Effects of Aging on Health
• Epidemiology
• HIV/AIDS Education

Safe and Healthy Environment Discipline

• Safety Education
• Emergency Response Topics
• Personal Safety
• Safe Home Environments
• Conflict Resolution
• Violence Prevention in the School, Community and Home
• Effect of Environment on Health
• Healthy Social Environments
• Effects of Drugs, Alcohol and Tobacco on Health

Health-Related Resources and Skills Discipline

• Health Counseling
• Consumer Health Education
• School and Community Health
• Community Health
• Consumer Use of Health Services
• World Health
• Trends in Public Health
• Public Health Policies
• Health Agencies in the U.S.
• Studies on the U.S. Health Care System
• Media Literacy as related to Consumer Health
• Health Problems of the Underserved
• Contemporary Health Issues
• The Influence of Media/Culture/Technology on Health

In order to learn what types of courses are considered to be part of a major in Health Education, you may wish to review the course catalogs of New York State colleges that have programs which lead to teacher certification in Health Education. A list of these colleges can be found by using the Inventory of Registered Programs: http://www.nysed.gov/heds/IRPSL1.html

For a complete description of what a teacher is expected to know in order to teach Health Education as defined in the New York State Learning Standards, see the New York State Teacher Certification Exams (NYSTCE) Health Education Test Framework: http://www.nystce.nesinc.com/content/docs/NY_fld73_objs.pdfExternal Web Site


Last Updated: December 30, 2016