School Health (K-12) Option

120 credits

This program is certified at both the state and national level by the New Hampshire Department of Education and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Graduates who complete this Teacher Certification Option are eligible for K-12 teacher certification in the state of New Hampshire. Because of New Hampshire’s membership in the Interstate Certification Contract, Plymouth graduates are eligible to earn a certificate or license in another Contract state upon application to that state’s department of education. For further information, please see the Educator Preparation section in this Catalog. Please also visit Students have a short teaching experience their junior year and complete a teaching internship experience in the elementary/middle school and high school level their senior year.

Admittance into the School Health Option is based on the following criteria:
• minimum 42 credits earned
• minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.50
• minimum grade of C in each of the following courses:
HE 1970 Introduction to Health Promotion
PE 2415 Introduction to Physical Education and Health Instruction
• passing PraxisTM Core Academic Skills for Educators
• up-to-date electronic folio
• meeting with the Coordinator of Teacher Education for Health Education, Physical Education and Physical Education/Health Education

All teacher certification candidates who interact with students in public school settings through course-related field experiences, including Health Education Internship in Teaching, are subject to New Hampshire state legislation that requires all persons who regularly come into contact with pupils on a daily basis for a period of time to undergo a full disclosure criminal records check. This may include fingerprinting. The processing of the criminal records check is conducted at the site school before the field experience begins. The fee for this processing is the responsibility of the teacher certification candidate and is paid directly to the school district. Each new site will require a separate fingerprinting and background check. Inquiries should be directed to the Coordinator of Internships.

In order for teacher certification candidates to participate in field experiences in diverse settings that are essential for their development as teachers, teacher certification candidates must be willing and able to travel outside of the Plymouth area beyond walking distances. All Internship in Teaching candidates should plan for and be able to secure their own transportation by the junior year.

Degree Requirements


Courses required for the Option are shown in boldface.
HE 1970 Introduction to Health Promotion 3
HE 2300 Principles of Health 3
HE 2400 Physical Activity and Health 3
HE 2900 Disease, Safety, and Environment (WECO) 3
HE 3105 Teaching Strategies, Methods, and Resources in Health Education 3
HE 3200 Stress Management (WECO) 3
HE 3220 Applied Nutrition for Healthy Living (TECO) 3
HE 3240 Health Promotion Planning and Evaluation (WRCO) 4
HE 3660 CPR and First Aid Instructor 1.5
HE 3700 Drug Behavior (WECO) 3
HE 3710 Sex and Family Living Education 3
HE 4530 Senior Seminar in Health Promotion 1
HE 4640 School Health Clinical 1
HE 4950 Health Education Internship in Teaching K-12: Elementary Component 6
HE 4960 Health Education Internship in Teaching K-12: Secondary Component 6
IS 4360 Cultural Diversity and American Society (DICO) (INCO) 3
PE 2415 Introduction to Physical Education and Health Instruction 3
PE 3315 Curriculum Design and Implementation 2
SE 3090 Introduction to Special Education: Middle and Secondary 3
Quantitative Reasoning in the Discipline Connection - complete one of the following: 3
MA 1900 Statistical Literacy in Today's Society (QRCO)
MA 2300 Statistics I (QRCO)
SS 3700 Social Statistics (QRCO)
SW 3700 Social Statistics (QRCO)
General Education:
EN 1200 Composition 3
IS 1111 The First Year Seminar: Critical Thinking and the Nature of Inquiry 3
MA Mathematics Foundations 3
CTDI Creative Thought Directions 6
PPDI Past and Present Directions 6
SIDI Scientific Inquiry Directions 6-8
SSDI Self and Society Directions 6
GACO Global Awareness Connection 3
Electives 23.5-21.5

Several required courses for this Option have prerequisites. HE 4640 requires a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.60. HE 4950 and HE 4960 require a minimum grade of C in HE 4640 and a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.70.

*All course information is from the 2015-2016 Catalog.