Teacher of Health Education

Teacher of Health Education


Completion of this major prepares one to assume the responsibilities of a health education teacher who is certified to teach health in grades K–12 in New Jersey. Continued study may include a master’s degree in education, health education, health science, and public health. 

  •   All seniors must take the Community Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam prior to graduation.


  • Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC).

The requirements for admission to this degree track are:

  • A minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average (CGPA) of 3.0
  • Admission to the education certification program requires a minimum CGPA of 3.0²
  • Completion of the All University Requirements and the following specific courses with a 2.0 GPA or higher:
    • MATH 175 Enhanced Precalculus
    • PSYC 152 Developmental: Adolescence through Adulthood
    • WGST 110 Diversity and Difference
    • BIO 103 Human Sexuality or  BIO 104 Human Biology
    • HLTH 515 Curriculum Development in Health Education
    • HLTH 517 Methods of Health Education 
      ² Eligibility for teacher certification by the New Jersey Department of Education is dependent upon completion of the curriculum requirements of a certification program and the minimum CGPA that is in effect at the time of application for certification. All Teacher Certification candidates must take and pass the Writing Assessment exam during the first or second semesters of entering the teacher of health education program.


    Course requirements: 

     Course Course Title Credits
    HLTH 205   Public Health Aspects of Nutrition 3
    HLTH 206            Substance Abuse 3
    HLTH 210 Introduction to Public Health 3
    HLTH 211* Consumer Health 3
    HLTH 301* Health Counseling 3
    HLTH 302 Mental Health 3
    HLTH 303*  Environmental Health 3
    HLTH 305 Safety Education and First Aid 3
    HLTH 415 Family Living and Sex Education 3
    HLTH 425*   Epidemiology 3
    HLTH 434* School and Community Health Programs  
    SPEC 250 Introduction to Education & Psychology of Exceptional Children & Youth  
    Education    3
    EDU 301    Challenges in Urban Education 3
    EDU 330 Focus: Development, Behavior and Learning 3
    EDU 331*  Education Field Experience II 1
    LTED 330*   Focus: Reading, Language and Literacy 3
      HLTH 418 Methods and Curriculum in Health Education 3
    Education Internship    
    EDU 485*  Classroom Management and Assessment  
    HLTH 411* Field Internship in Health Education  

    *Requires a prerequisite course, see course description for more information