Health Sciences with Teacher Certification in Health Education, B.S.

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.

THE REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMISSION TO THIS CONCENTRATION ARE:

  • A minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average (CGPA) of 3.0.
  • A minimum of B- or better on all education courses
  • Passing scores on the Praxis CORE, or 560 verbal, 540 Math on the SAT, or 23 or higher on the ACT, or 155 verbal, 156 quantitative on the GRE.

Passing scores on the Praxis CORE Academic Skills for Educators Tests, as of 9/1/19:

  • Math Test #5733         Passing Score 150
  • Reading Test #5712    Passing Score 156
  • Writing Test #5722     Passing Score 162

Students who meet the score levels below are not required to take the Praxis CORE:

SAT Scores

  • If taken before 4/1/1995: Math 520, Reading 480
  • If taken between 4/1/1995 to 2/28/2016: Math 540, Reading 560
  • If taken on or after 3/1/2016: Math 570, 610 Evidence-Based Reading and Writing or 30 Reading Section

ACT Scores

  • If taken before 8/28/1989: Math 23, English 20
  • If taken on or after 8/28/1989: Math 23, English 23

GRE Scores

  • If taken before 8/1/2011: Quantitative 720, Verbal 530
  • If taken on or after 8/1/2011: Quantitative 156, Verbal 155

For more information on Praxis exams:  https://www.ets.org/praxis/nj/requirements

THE REQUIREMENTS FOR COMPLETION OF THIS DEGREE TRACK ARE:

  • Completion of NJCU General Education requirements or equivalent
  • Successful completion of major in intended content area
  • Passing scores on appropriate Praxis II Exam
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Successful completion of clinical experience and clinical practice (student teaching)

This includes successful submission of the performance assessment, edTPA, as required by the New Jersey Department of Education.

Note: For the most updated information on this teaching certification program, students are directed to contact the College of Education as changes may have occurred since publication.

All Teacher of Health students must achieve and maintain a 3.0 GPA in all major courses.  Students unable to maintain this criteria will be dismissed from the major.

Transfer students must complete at least 12 credits at NJCU before declaring a major. 

Required Courses (39 SH)
HLTH 205Public Health Aspects of Nutrition3
HLTH 206Substance Abuse3
HLTH 210Introduction to Public Health3
HLTH 211Consumer Health3
HLTH 301Health Counseling3
HLTH 302Mental Health3
HLTH 303Environmental Health3
HLTH 305Safety Education & First Aid3
HLTH 415Family Living & Sex Education3
HLTH 425Epidemiology3
HLTH 434School & Community Health3
SPEC 250Psychological & Educational Needs of the Exceptional Child3
PROFESSIONAL SEQUENCE (14SH) All Professional Sequence courses must be taken prior to Internship Sequence courses
LTED 230Focus: Reading Language & Literacy3
EDU 280Challenges in Urban Education3
EDU 330Focus: Development, Behavior and Learning3
EDU 331Clinical Practice I2
HLTH 418Methods and Curriculum in Health Education3
Internship Sequence (10SH)
EDU 485Classroom Management and Assessment Internship Seminar2
HLTH 411Health Education/Internship8
NOTE: Students planning to take EDU 331 & HLTH 411 must apply one full semester in advance through the Health Science Department.
PSYC 150Developmental: Birth Through Adolescence3
or PSYC 152 Development Adolescence to Adulthood
WGST 110Diversity and Difference: Identities, Communities, and Cultures3
SOCI 114Sociology of the Family3
Plan of Study Grid
Freshman
Semester 1Credits
MATH 140 Statistics I 3
ENGL 101
English Composition I
or English Composition I for English as a Second Language Students
4
General Education Course Tier I 3
General Education Course Tier I 3
 Credits13
Semester 2
ENGL 102
or ESL 102
English Composition II
or
4
General Education Course Tier I 3
General Education Course Tier I 3
General Education Course Tier I/II 3
General Education Course Tier I/II 3
 Credits16
Sophomore
Semester 1
HLTH 201 Seminar in Health Sciences 1
HLTH Prerequisite Course 3
HLTH Prerequisite Course 3
General Education Course Tier II 3
General Education Course Tier II 3
 Credits13
Semester 2
General Education Course Tier II 3
HLTH Prerequisite Course 3
HLTH 200 Level Course 3
HLTH 200 Level Course 3
HLTH 200 Level Course 3
 Credits15
Junior
Semester 1
HLTH 200 Level Course 3
HLTH 300 Level Course 3
HLTH 300 Level Course 3
General Education Tier II Course 3
 Credits12
Semester 2
HLTH 300 Level Course 3
HLTH 400 Level Course 3
HLTH Elective 3
General Education Tier III Course 3
 Credits12
Senior
Semester 1
HLTH 400 Level Course 3
HLTH 400 Level Course 3
HLTH 400 Level Course 3
HLTH Elective 3
 Credits12
Semester 2
HLTH 435 Public Health Education Internship (full time) 6
HLTH 400 Level Course 3
HLTH Elective 3
 Credits12
 Total Credits105