School Health Education, M.S.

A Master of Science Degree with a specialization in School Health Education is offered through the Exercise Science Department in the School of Health and Human Services.

The link between health status and student achievement is evidenced in a growing body of research. Ensuring that the health and wellness needs of young people are met is essential to improving educational achievement and improved health outcomes. Health education is the foundation for attaining health literacy and life-long healthy behaviors thus contributing to a healthy and productive society. The School Health Education program is vital in preparing professionals to lead, develop, and deliver such programs and to positively influence the wellbeing of children and families.

The mission of the School Health Education Program at Southern Connecticut State University is to prepare graduates as leaders in adolescent and school health education and promotion. Students will emerge with the skills and knowledge to coordinate, teach, and advocate for health education programs.

The School Health Education Program offers an innovative program of study that prepares students as leaders in the field of adolescent and school health education programs. The program addresses leadership and contemporary health topics and is designed to impart graduate- level national and state teacher preparation competencies that prepare professionals to deliver health education in and out of school settings. Students will expand their functional knowledge, skills, and comfort level to effectively plan, establish, implement, assess, evaluate and advocate for adolescent and school health programs. The program is standards-based, and the curriculum is developmentally-appropriate, evidence-based, and culturally-relevant and is designed to provide students with professional and educational experiences that promote positive health and educational outcomes of young people.