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2005-2006 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2005-2006 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

B.S. in School Health Education

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This undergraduate major program is designed to provide students with the knowledge, methods, materials, field experiences, and student teaching necessary for a career as a health education teacher all grades. Training includes the development of a broad knowledge base in the areas of health promotion, disease prevention, and program planning and implementation, with an emphasis on educational methods and techniques appropriate for a school setting. The program combines on-campus course work with a broad array of field experiences in a variety of school settings, culminating in student teaching. Literacy, multicultural education, information technology, and inclusion are integrated throughout all areas of the curriculum. Successful completion of the program and a passing score on the New York State Teacher Certification Examinations (NYSTCE) will qualify the student to obtain initial New York State Teacher Certification.

Assistant Professor Ludwig, Director

Matriculation and Continuation Standards

Requirements for acceptance into the school health education major program include: meeting Hofstra University’s general admissions standards and an interview with the program coordinator for advisement and scheduling. All school health education majors must meet the following criteria to continue in the program:

  1. A cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or better in the following categories:
    1. All course work completed at Hofstra
    2. All required school health education major course work.
  2. Recommendation of the major adviser.
  3. Recommendation of the School Health Education Program Coordinator.

Final admission to the program is made by the Chairperson of the Department of Health Professions and Family Studies upon recommendation of the department faculty.

Student Teaching Prerequisites

After completing at least 19 hours of professional education course work, including the special teaching-methods courses, students may apply for admission into student teaching. Application forms may be obtained from the Office of Field Placement in Hagedorn Hall and returned by October 1 for the spring semester and March 1 for the fall semester. Admission criteria are as follows:

  1. A cumulative GPA of 2.5 on overall course work or permission of adviser;
  2. No grade lower than C- and no unresolved INC grades in professional education course work;
  3. A GPA of 2.5 or higher in all course work.

Teacher Certification Requirements

Upon the successful completion of a teacher education program students will be eligible to apply for the University’s recommendation for New York State certification. For Initial Certification, students are required to have passing scores on each of the New York State Teacher Certification Examinations (NYSTCE): The Liberal Arts and Sciences Test (LAST), The Assessment of Teaching Skills—Written (ATS-W), and The Content Specialty Test (CST). Students not receiving passing scores on all three examinations will not be eligible for certification.

Program Requirements - Total Semester Hours: 128

In order to ensure that prospective teachers have a broad education in the liberal arts and sciences, all students must complete course work from each of the content areas as described on the distribution sheet for the program. The Bachelor of Science degree program in School Health Education requires 64 hours of study in the liberal arts and sciences. While the student has some flexibility, the following list of course work must be completed as part of those 64 semester hours in liberal arts and sciences. Some of the courses can be found in more than one category.

Candidates for graduation must fulfill the following requirements:

1. Successful Completion of at Least 128 Semester Hours

Successful completion of at least 128 semester hours and a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 in work completed at Hofstra.

2. Liberal Arts

At least 64 semester hours must be in liberal arts.

3. Residence Requirements

There are two requirements that must ordinarily be completed in residence at Hofstra: 15 semester hours in the major field of specialization, including student teaching, and the last 30 hours. The 15 hours need not be included within the last 30 hours.

Distribution of Semester Hours By Specific Area

a) Major Core Requirements - Semester Hours: 25-26

  • SGA 60A. Fundamentals of Child Abuse & Child Abduction (New College) (This can be taken as a 2 hour workshop during student teaching. In this case, it does not offer semester hour credit but satisfies the NYS requirement)
    see footnote *
  • SGA 60C. AIDS: Interdisciplinary Perspectives (New College)
    see footnote *

c) Student Teaching Requirement - Semester Hours: 9

e) Liberal Arts Requirements - Semester Hours: 39-48

1. English: 6 s.h.

2. Humanities/Artistic Expression: 6 s.h.

including one from each category:

a) SPCM 1, 7, 11 or SPCH 3

b) AH 3-8, 74, 101; DNCE 127; DRAM 1; MUS 3, 130, 135

4. 0-3 s.h. in:

5. Basic statistics course: 3 s.h.

chosen from:

6. 9 s.h. in:

7. 3 s.h. in:

8. 3 s.h. in:

Any HIST course.

9. Language to Level II: 0-6 s.h.

Note: 6 s.h. oh American Sign Language (REHB 191 and 192) satisfy this requirement but does not provide liberal arts and sciences credit.

g) Free Electives - Semester Hours: 8


It is strongly recommended that students complete the Liberal Arts and Sciences Test (LAST) of the New York State Teacher Certification Examinations prior to student teaching and the assessment of Teaching Skills—Written (ATS-W), and the Content Specialty Test (CST) during student teaching. All three NYSTCE’s should be completed prior to graduation. Students not receiving passing scores on all three examinations will not be eligible for certification.


* Counted as a liberal arts course.

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