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Bachelor of Science in Health Education
Graduates of the B.S. Health Education (PK-12) Certification Program will be prepared to:
Admission and Degree Requirements:
Program Disclaimer: Please note that Connecticut teacher certification regulations are subject to change due to legislative proposals and mandates; the information contained herein may not reflect the most recent modifications in the WCSU Education program. Therefore, it is imperative that students check often with their advisors and attend Health and Education Department information sessions for updates and new requirements.
For a complete list of prerequisites, co-requisites and other restrictions for all courses, please consult the Health Education Program Catalog.
Recommended Professional Education Course Work
Note: Students should not be registered for any other courses during the student teaching semester; Field experience components require that students provide their own transportation to and from their assigned schools.
To graduate, students must complete all general education requirements, the courses and credits listed below and free electives to total a minimum of 120 semester hours, including HPX physical activity requirement.
PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology*
SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology*
BIO 105, 106 Anatomy and Physiology I & II*
COM 161 Decision Making in Groups*
ENG or WRT Writing Intensive Course (W)*
HIS 148 American History to 1877* or HIS 149 American History since 1877*
ED 206 Introduction to Education**
ED 211** Educational Psychology: Children & Adolescents I
ED 212** Educational Psychology: Children & Adolescents II
ED 314** Multicultural Diversity
ED 340 Assessment of Teaching Strategies
ED 440 Integrating Language**
EPY 405 Introduction to Special Education**
HPX 100 Health Promotion and Maintenance**
HPX 160 First Aid & Safety**
HPX 177 Fitness for Life**
HPX 205 Nutrition and Health**
HPX 215 Health Issues in the Schools**
HPX 230 Drug Studies**
HPX 253 Concepts of Disease**
HPX 271 Health Education Programs in the Community**
HPX 311 School Health Programs**
HPX 352 Mental Health**
HPX 355 Human Sexuality**
HPX 371 Health Communication Methods and Strategies**
HPX 386 Health Education Professional Development School Experience
HPX 460 Health Education Student Teaching Seminar**
HPX 464 Student Teaching
Total 120 Semester Hours
* Minimum of “C” grade required
** Minimum of “B” grade required
3.0 QPA for a B.S. Degree
In order to register for student teaching, health education majors must present at least a 2.8 overall GPA. Students are advised not to register for other courses, except for ED 340, HPX 460 and HPX 464, or be working in other jobs during this semester. A student teaching application (available at the education office) must be filed with the chairperson of the education department during the semester just prior to the student teaching semester. The student teaching requirement for health education majors consists of one semester. Students are responsible for providing their own transportation to and from their assigned schools.
Students earning other than a “P” grade in student teaching may be required to complete additional student teaching and/or course work before receiving a recommendation for graduation and certification. Students must have at least a 2.8 cumulative GPA in all courses to graduate as a health education major.
Health Education Program Information (Catalog)
To complete the health education degree program, the student must pass the Health PRAXIS II examination. The PRAXIS II exam tests health subject area knowledge. The Initial Educator Certificate will be issued by the State of Connecticut upon completion of program requirements and the passing of PRAXIS II (0550). All CONNTENT exams are being offered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS). ETS utilizes the national teacher examination (PRAXIS) specialty area tests for CONNTENT requirements. Additionally, students are encouraged to sit for the national CHES exam.
PRAXIS I WAIVER
Criminal History Record Check (Fingerprinting)
Professional Semester Information
Application and Submission Process for Professional Program Acceptance
Applications for professional program acceptance can be obtained at the department of health promotion and exercise sciences (BR 230). Before the process of screening for professional program acceptance, applications must be filed with the school health coordinator of the health promotion and exercise sciences department.
Professional Semester Application
Criteria for Professional Program Acceptance
Students seeking admission to any of WestConn’s teacher education certification programs must have completed and met the following criteria. The following deadline dates must be met for students applying for professional teacher education program acceptance. The deadline date for Fall semester admittance into a Professional Teacher Education Program is 12 noon on April 1st. You must have all of your materials submitted to the Health Education Program Coordinator by the deadline date. After your materials have been submitted and reviewed, you will be contacted for an interview with faculty.
The Professional Development School (PDS) Experience
Candidates for teacher certification who are enrolled in the health, music and secondary education professional programs at WestConn are placed in public school classrooms for two weeks in conjunction with their educational methods courses in the areas of: instruction, assessments, integrating language, and content practices. Student candidates work with students under the direction of public school classroom teachers and are also supervised by university faculty. During the fall semester, health and music education candidates spend one week in an elementary/middle school placement and one week in a secondary school placement. (Danbury or area schools) Secondary education candidates spend one week in a middle school placement and one week in a high school placement.
Health Education PDS Handbook
Health Education Honors & Scholarship Opportunities
The first level of certification is the three-year initial educator certificate. This certificate is issued to applicants who meet all eligibility requirements, and who have fewer than three full school years of appropriate successful teaching experience in the past 10 years.
Initial Educator Certificate as a Health Educator (PreK-12)
Health Education students are also eligible to become a Certified Health Education Specialist
Denial From the Student Teaching/Clinical Experience
Superintendents, school district facilitators, cooperating teachers, principals, University supervisors and the Education and the Educational Psychology Department in consultation with the appropriate Arts & Sciences, health or music teacher education faculty reserve the right to dismiss the student from any student teaching/clinical experience. When problems arise during a student teaching/ clinical experience, the University supervisor must notify the student teaching coordinator. The coordinator then forwards any information to the Chair of the Education and Educational Psychology Department who in turn informs the student of any decision. A recommendation for dismissal can be based on, but not limited to:
The affected student has the right to request, in writing, within seven days of a notification of dismissal, a hearing with the University’s teacher supervisor, the student teaching coordinator and the Chair of the Education and Educational Psychology Department. The reason(s) for dismissal shall be identified. The affected student has the right within two weeks of the hearing date to appeal, in writing, his/her dismissal to the Dean of Professional Studies.
Additional Information is posted in Student Teaching requirements on the Education and Education Psychology website.