K-12 Certification

Are you interested in pursuing a career as a school health educator in grades K-12 Plymouth State’s master’s program in health education with a focus in K-12 health education will prepare you to take the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) examination offered by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing. Successful achievement of this certification assures employers that you have met the national standards for health education professionals.

All students must provide evidence of college-level coursework or equivalent competencies in the following areas: exercise theory and programming, CPR, environmental issues in health and disease, first aid/CPR instructor course, drug behavior, sex and family living education, and anatomy and physiology with labs I and II.

Program of Study

  • Master’s Core Component – 9 credits
  • 3
    Seeks to examine the manner in which the behavior, feelings, or thoughts of one individual are influenced by the behavior or characteristics of others. Topics to be considered include social perception, attitudes, gender, social cognition, conflict, social influence, intercultural awareness, prejudice, discrimination, aggression, and group behavior. Fall, spring, and summer.
  • 3
    A study of the historical, philosophical, and social-philosophic foundations of education. Emphasis is placed upon the ideas of the classical, medieval, Enlightenment, and post-Enlightenment periods that have influenced types of American educational systems relative to their mission and purpose. Analysis of how these systems have defined ethics and the characteristics of the virtuous person.
  • 3
    Knowledge and understanding of the commonly accepted research designs. Study of research instruments and statistics used in educational research. Wide reading in various types of research design. Critical analysis of research design.
  • Learning Theory Component – 9 credits
  • 3
    An introduction to the teaching profession and the realities of teaching in today's schools. A series of seminars includes such topics as the history and structure of education, societal issues, the role of the teacher, instructional planning, legal rights and responsibilities of students and teachers, learning styles and effective teaching. A school observation/participation experience of a minimum of 30 hours is required.
  • 3
    An overview of current theories concerning the brain, development, and learning. Analysis of developmental concepts from birth through adolescence and adulthood. Discussion of language acquisition, thinking and learning styles, multiple intelligence, and creativity. Topics include teaching, learning, and assessment issues related to cultural diversity, technology, and learning differences.
  • 3
    Analysis of models and dynamics involved in planning, teaching, and evaluating environments for special needs students. An overview of special education, characteristics of individuals with disabilities, individualized educational plans, functional behavior assessment, practical teaching strategies, and the New Hampshire Special Education Process and Policies. An observation component of 15 hours will be required of all students not presently in a school or teaching situation.
  • Health Education Component – 22 credits
  • 3
    Provides health educators with the opportunity to interpret concepts, purposes, philosophies and theories of health education and wellness. Students will investigate physical, social, emotional and intellectual factors influencing health behavior. Offered Winters.
  • 3
    Provides students with the information and resources that will enable them to develop skills in program planning for health promotion. Needs assessment, goal and objective formulation, instructional methods and materials, program implementation, and evaluation will be included. Prerequisite: HP 5010.
  • 3
    Gives students the tools and skills they need to design and conduct health program valuations. Evaluation purposes, levels, methods, designs, and measurement issues will be covered. Summer of odd years. Prerequisite: HP 5020 and ED 5030. Offered Summers.
  • 3
    The focus of this course will be to introduce the student to mind-body techniques for stress management and health issues. Some of the techniques will include yoga, breathing, meditation, progressive relaxation, imagery, and massage as well as an introduction to the field of integrative medicine. Some of the therapies discussed will include energy medicine, aromatherapy, and acupuncture. Will be accepted as one credit in stress management. Offered Winters.
  • 2
    An introduction to the teaching of health education in our school systems. Organization of curriculum including content and methodology will be stressed. Offered Fall and Spring.
  • 1
    HP 5200 Nutrition
    A nutritional education course with a special focus on the issues relevant to students of physical education and health education. A survey of concepts in nutrition science will be applied to the support of general wellness and active lifestyles. Offer Spring Term of even years.
  • 1
    The fitness component is designed to provide the student the opportunity to experience, research, and develop a variety of fitness activities for use in his/her future career as a health educator. The elements of physical fitness and total body wellness will be discussed and applied in diverse ways. Each student will develop and compile fitness methods appropriate for a variety of populations and settings. Offered Spring Term of even years.
  • 1
    This course will discuss common diseases and disorders and the WEB of causation and Wellness models related to disease and the environment. Diseases discussed will include chronic diseases, communicable diseases, as well as some mental health diseases. Offered Spring Term of odd years.
  • 1
    This course is designed to provide students with an overview of contemporary drug use and abuse. Course content includes the determinants of drug abuse psychological, physiological, societal and pharmacological aspects of drugs, prevention and treatment of drug addiction, as well as information about specific drugs. Offered Spring of even years.
  • 1
    First Aid and CPR is designed to certify individuals in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and basic first aid. Includes breathing and cardiac emergencies for adults, children and infants, and advanced airway management skills. Students will have the opportunity to be certified in First Aid and CPR at the end of the course. Offered Winters.
  • 1
    The focus of this course is to identify content, resources, materials, and instructional strategies for providing consumer education to various populations. Students will discuss key issues including legal and ethical considerations, curriculum development and resources for the school and community setting. The relationship of consumerism and health will be the underlying theme of this professional preparation course. This is an online course and is offered each term.
  • 2
    This course is designed to provide students with information relevant to contemporary mental health issues and human sexuality issues. Students will be able to identify resource, personnel, and agencies pertinent to these issues. Current theories of behavioral change will be examined. Offered Spring Term of odd years.
  • Capstone Experience – 6-9 credits
  • 6
    A supervised practicum experience in one of several cooperating institutions or agencies in New Hampshire. The purpose is to gain meaningful work experience through applying knowledge learned in previous course work to the on-the-job situation. Commitment includes a negotiated number of hours per week and participation in seminars. Supervision is by the institution or agency concerned, and by Plymouth faculty. Students anticipating more than three hours of credit should confer early in their program with the department chair to free up sufficient blocks of time. Permission of advisor, department chair and Associate Vice President is required.
  • - OR -
  • 9
    Student teaching for students in the Master of Education Elementary or Secondary Education programs. Students must have all course work for the degree, including any required undergraduate prerequisites, completed before taking this course.
  • Total for MEd in Health Education, K-12 Certification Concentration – 46-49 credits

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