Health Education Major

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The goal of the Health Education major is to prepare graduates to be critical and creative thinkers as well as lifelong learners in the dynamic field of health education. Coursework and fieldwork focus on developing the knowledge, understanding, competencies, and experiences required of professionals teaching health education in a variety of  settings. Worcester State University also offers Initial Licensure for health education programs in middle and secondary education (grades 5-12). The Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensured (MTEL) must be passed for licensure. Students in the Health Education major and Education minor will need an advisor from each of these departments.

Requirements for the Health Education Major

HE-100Personal Health3
HE-120Health and Nutrition3
HE-200Consumer Health3
HE-220Mental Health Education3
HE-230Human Sexuality and Sex Education3
HE-275Fitness for Life3
HE-285Drugs and Society3
HE-390Environmental Health3
HC-415Commnity Health Planning and Promotion3
HE-440Practicum in Health3
Major Electives Requirements (without Education minor)9
(n.b. Evening and summer courses may be necessary)
With Education minor (in lieu of Health electives and Health Practicum)
PS-312Psychology of Adolescence3
ED-149Introduction to the Teaching Profession Middle/Secondary School3
ED-250Educational Psychology3
ED-251Principles of Curriculum, Instruction And Assessment in Middle and High School3
ED-270Diversity & Multicultural Ed3
Exceptionalities and Accommodating Diverse Learners in Secondary Schools
and Exceptionalities and Accommodating Diverse Learners in Middle Schools
Assessment, Adjustment to Practice, and Classroom Management in the Secondary School
and Assessment, Adjustment to Practice, and Classroom Management in the Middle School
Methods and Materials in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) At the Middle and Secondary Level
and Methods and Materials in Humanities and Social Sciences At the Middle and Secondary Level.
ED-424Sem: Teaching Practicum3
ED-480/485Practicum Tchg Secondary Sch 19
Required Ancillary Courses for Health Education major 2
BI-161Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
BI-162Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
PS-101General Psychology 33
PS Elective (Education Minors PS 101, PS 210, and PS 312)3
SO-100Introduction to Sociology3
Select one of the following:3
Social and Behavioral Statistics
Psychological Statistics (QAC or QR)
Statistics I (MA/QR)
Total Credits104

Department of Health Sciences: Health Education Sample Timeline for Completion of Degree

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
Semester OneCredits
LASC First-Year Seminar (FYS)3
EN-101 College Writing I 3
MA 1XX Any Math Course (QR)3
HE-100 Personal Health 3
PS-101 General Psychology 3
Semester Two
EN-102 College Writing II 3
Psychological Statistics
or Statistics I
SO-100 Introduction to Sociology 3
HE-200 Consumer Health 3
BI-161 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4
Year Two
Semester Three
LASC LASC Elective (CON)3
HE-120 Health and Nutrition 3
HE-220 Mental Health Education 3
LASC LASC Elective (ICW)3
BI-162 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4
Semester Four
LASC LASC Elective (USW)3
LASC LASC Elective (GP)3
HE-230 Human Sexuality and Sex Education 3
LASC LASC Elective (NSP)3
SELECT Major Elective3
Year Three
Semester Five
LASC LASC Elective (DAC)3
HE-275 Fitness for Life 3
SELECT Major Elective3
HE-390 Environmental Health 3
PS-1XX Psychology Elective3
Semester Six
LASC LASC Elective (TLC)3
LASC LASC Elective (CA)3
HE-285 Drugs and Society 3
SELECT Major Elective3
Year Four
Semester Seven
HC-415 Commnity Health Planning and Promotion 3
Elective LASC Elective3
Elective LASC Elective3
Elective LASC Elective3
Elective LASC Elective3
Semester Eight
HE-440 Practicum in Health (CAP,WAC) 3
Elective LASC Elective3
Elective LASC Elective3
Elective LASC Elective3
 Total Credits119-120

Note: LASC Distribution Electives, do not have to follow this order.

Please see LASC section of this catalog for information on the Liberal Arts and Sciences Curriculum (LASC) and for policies governing the use of major courses toward LASC requirements.


Students are required to meet with their department advisor to review their upcoming semester academic choices. A minimum of 120 credits is required for graduation.