Health Education PreK-12 (BS)

Health Sciences and Professional Programs
Health and Physical Education
HEGIS Number: 0837

The Online Bulletin is for information purposes only. Current students must complete the requirements as outlined in the York Bulletin as applicable.
Course Descriptions
Course descriptions can be found in the online PDF version of the Bulletin

Mission Statement

The York College Health Education PreK-12 Program enables Health Education Teacher Candidates (HETCs) to utilize content knowledge, content pedagogy, health enhancing skills, and professional dispositions to develop learning environments that support psychomotor, cognitive, and affective learning domains, and includes state and national health education standards. Professional preparation for HETCs is guided by lesson and unit planning that incorporate student diversity, technology, assessment, class management, and reflective practices. Through clinical experiences in New York City schools, HETCs develop competencies that positively impact student learning.

Major Student Learning Program Goals/Standards

Content Knowledge

Candidates demonstrate the knowledge and skills of a health literate educator.

Needs Assessment

Candidates assess needs to determine priorities for school health education


Candidates plan effective comprehensive school health education curricula and programs


Candidates implement health education instruction


Candidates assess student learning

Candidates evaluate health education instruction.

Administrationand Coordination

Candidates plan and coordinate a school health education program

Being a resource

Candidates serve as a resource person in health education

Communication and Advocacy Candidates communicate and advocate for health and school health education.

Students planning to seek New York State teaching certification in Health Education are required to file an application for admission form in the Department of Teacher Education during their sophomore year.

Students who do not apply during their sophomore year or fail to seek advisement through the Teacher Education Program will not be eligible for certification. Students who wish to pursue the School Health Education major and who wish New York State Provisional Certification, should consult their major advisor for proper programming.

The Health Education major is designed to prepare students to teach health education grades PreK-12. School health educators are skilled in health instruction as well as in curriculum development. In cooperation with the Teacher Education Department, this program leads to teaching certification by New York State.

In addition, students majoring in Health Education are prepared to enter graduate programs in health education and related fields


Health Education PreK-12 BS


I. Health Education PreK-12 Requirements

HE201Foundations of Health and Wellness 
HE219Health Services 
HE223Health Behavior 
HE224Laboratory in Health Behavior 
HE241Sex and Sexuality 
HE312Health and Disease 
HE314Nutrition and Health 
HE315Consumer Health 
HE316Family Health 
HE321Health Counseling 
HE331Program Planning 
HE342Drug Use and Abuse 
HE363Measurement and Evaluation in Health and Physical Education 
HE481Organization and Administration of Health Education 
BIO120Principles of Inheritance and Human Reproduction 
BIO281Human Structure and Function 
5 Additional HE or PH Credits at the 200 Level or Above.

II. Teacher Education Requirements


A. Required Core Curriculum Courses

At least one Foreign Language course 

B. Support Courses

ENG126English Composition II: Writing About Literature 
PHIL202Major Ideas and Issues in Education 
SOC202Major Ideas and Issues in Education 
MATH111Introduction to Statistics and Probability 
EDUC230Teaching with Multimedia Technology 
EDUC280Child and Adolescent Development for Teachers 

C. Professional Sequence

EDUC268Bilingual and English Language Learner (ELL) Education 
EDUC283Educational Psychology: Effective Teaching and Learning in Diverse Classroom 
EDUC285Introduction to Special Education 
EDUC340Literacy Instruction Inside Middle and Secondary Schools for English Only (EO) and English Language Learners (ELL's) 
EDUC395Curriculum and Methods in Subject Specific (K-12) Educations I: Learning Goals and Assessments 
EDUC397School Health Curriculum and Methods PreK-12 

D. Student Teaching and Student Teaching Seminar

EDUC403Capstone Clinical Experience & Seminar for Health Education or Physical Education, Grades K-6 
EDUC404Capstone Clinical Experience & Seminar for Health Education or Physical Education, Grades 7-12 
Credit Totals 
Total Program credits93 
Total Core Curriculum credits27 
Total free elective credits
Total credits for the BS in Health Education, Pre-K-12120 


  1. EDUC 340 or HE 331 may also be taken toward fulfillment of the College Option Core: Writing Intensive requirement.
  2. BIO 120 is a prerequisite for BIO 281 and fulfills the Flexible Core: Scientific World requirement.
  3. Foreign Language is a NYS requirement and may also be taken toward fulfillment of the College Option Core: Foreign Language requirement. Students may be required to take a second Foreign Language course to complete the Core requirement.
  4. Students won’t be allowed to continue to take courses in Professional Sequence without a GPA of 3.0 in the Support Courses block.
  5. ENG126 also fulfills the Required Core: English Composition requirement.
  6. MATH 111 is a prerequisite for HE 363 and fulfills the Required Core: Mathematical and Quantitative Reasoning requirement.

*Proof of current First Aid/CPR certification is required.

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