Online Health Teacher, Pre K-12 M.S.Ed. Program

  • 100% Online – no attendance required on campus
  • Fieldwork completed in your home school
  • NYSED registered program that leads to Health Education Certification
  • Affordable Tuition
  • Earn your degree in as little as 18-24months
  • No GRE required
  • Choose from courses offered in winter, spring, summer and fall
  • Courses taught by dedicated, caring faculty who are experts in community health education

 The M.S.Ed. offers 2 sequences:

  • Sequence 1 (39 credits). For students who already possess New York State certification in another subject and who seek certification in Health Education Pre K-12.
  • Sequence 2 (30 credits) For students who already possess New York State certification in health education and who seek professional certification in Health Education Pre K-12. 

Sequence 1 (39 credits):For students who already possess New York State certification in another subject and who seek certification in Health Education Pre K-12. Course and credit requirements are as follows: 

Required HEA Courses (Total of 15 credits):

  • HEA 507: Human Sexuality - 3 credits
  • HEA 626: Mental Health and the Classroom Teacher - 3 credits
  • HEA 671: Teaching Strategies for Health (Psychosocial Wellness) - 3 credits
  • HEA 672: Teaching Strategies for Health (Health Promotion Behaviors) - 3 credits
  • HEA 673: Teaching Strategies for Health (Disease and Disability) - 3 credits 

Elective Courses (Total of 15 credits):

  • HEA 502: Women and Health - 3 credits
  • HEA 509: Drugs and Substance Abuse - 3 credits
  • HEA 510: Health and Aging - 3 credits
  • HEA 511: Perspectives on HIV/AIDS - 3 credits
  • HEA 627: Health Problems & Issues in Contemporary Society - 3 credits
  • HEA 636: Perspectives on Death and Dying - 3 credits
  • HEA 640: Nutrition and Chronic Disease - 3 credits
  • HEA 680: Special Topics in Health - 3 credits

Pedagogy Required Courses (Total 9 credits):

Special Education (3 credits):

  • ESC 506: Special Needs Education in TESOL and Secondary Settings - 3 credits or equivalent

Student Teaching Internship (3 credits):

  • ESC 595: Internship in Classroom Teaching - 2 credits
  • ESC 611: Seminar in Secondary & TESOL Education - 3 credits

Master’s Project (3 credits):

  • ESC 708: Project Seminar in Curriculum, Materials, and Assessment in Specialized Areas

Sequence 2 (30 credits): For students who already possess New York State certification in health education and who seek professional certification in Health Education Pre K-12

Required HEA Courses (Total of 15 credits)

  • HEA 507: Human Sexuality - 3 credits
  • HEA 626: Mental Health and the Classroom Teacher - 3 credits
  • HEA 671: Teaching Strategies for Health (Psychosocial Wellness) - 3 credits
  • HEA 672: Teaching Strategies for Health (Health Promotion Behaviors) - 3 credits
  • HEA 673: Teaching Strategies for Health (Disease and Disability) - 3 credits

Elective Courses (Total of 6 credits):

  • HEA 502: Women and Health - 3 credits
  • HEA 509: Drugs and Substance Abuse - 3 credits
  • HEA 510: Health and Aging - 3 credits
  • HEA 511: Perspectives on HIV/AIDS - 3 credits
  • HEA 627: Health Problems & Issues in Contemporary Society - 3 credits
  • HEA 636: Perspectives on Death and Dying - 3 credits
  • HEA 640: Nutrition and Chronic Disease - 3 credits
  • HEA 680: Special Topics in Health - 3 credits

Pedagogy Required Courses (Total 9 credits):

Special Education (3 credits):

  • ESC 506: Special Needs Education in TESOL and Secondary Settings - 3 credits or equivalent

Student Teaching Internship (3 credits):

  • ESC 595: Internship in Classroom Teaching - 2 credits
  • ESC 611: Seminar in Secondary & TESOL Education - 1 credit

Master’s Project (3 credits):

  • ESC 708: Project Seminar in Curriculum, Materials, and Assessment in Specialized Areas
  •  The online M.S.Ed. in Health Education provides students with the opportunity to complete the required coursework to teach health education in the classroom. 
  • Students completing the program are qualified to apply for their NYSED Health Education Certification.
  • Graduates find work as health teachers in private and public schools.
  • Possess a Bachelor's degree (or its equivalent) from an accredited college or university.
  • Demonstrate the ability to successfully pursue graduate study by having attained a minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or higher.
  • Three letters of recommendation and a Personal Goal Statement.
  • For Sequence 1 admission, possess New York State teacher certification in an area other than health education.
  • For Sequence 2 admission, possess New York State teacher certification in health education.

For more information, contact:

 Photo of Dr. Lisa Fusco- M.S.Ed. & Advanced Certificate Program Director

Dr. Lisa Fusco
M.S.Ed & Advanced Certificate Program Director
Phone: 718-960-8085
  • Applications for the Fall are due by April 15
  • Applications for the Spring are due by October 18

New York State prides itself in the high quality of its licensed and certified professionals.  For the protection of its citizens, each license and certificate has requirements that individuals must meet in order to be licensed or certified in New York State.  CUNY’s academic programs leading to licensure or certification are carefully designed to meet and exceed these State requirements. This is a role CUNY plays in protecting the public.  Other states frequently have their own requirements, so if your goal is to practice in another state, this disclosure will help you check to see what that state requires.

Per U.S. Federal Regulations, §668.43 (2019 Rule), and in compliance with the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA) Manual version 19.2, CUNY Lehman College provides the following disclosure related to the educational requirements for professional licensure and certification. 

This Disclosure is strictly limited to the CUNY Lehman College determination of whether its Online Health Teacher, Pre-K, that if successfully completed, would be sufficient to meet the educational licensure or certification requirements in a State for Teaching.  CUNY Lehman College cannot provide verification of an individual’s ability to meet licensure or certification requirements unrelated to its educational programming.  Such individual determinations are made by state licensing boards, and are fact-specific determinations.

This disclosure does not provide any guarantee that any particular state licensure or certification entity will approve or deny your application. Furthermore, this disclosure does not account for changes in state law or regulation that may affect your application for licensure and occur after this disclosure has been made. Enrolled students and prospective students are strongly encouraged to contact their State’s licensure entity using the links provided to review all licensure and certification requirements imposed by their state(s) of choice.

CUNY Lehman College has designed educational programs in Health Teacher, Pre K-12 curricula that if successfully completed is sufficient to meet the licensure and certification requirements for an initial teaching certification license in the following states:

New York: http://www.nysed.gov/content/teacher-certification

After making all reasonable efforts, CUNY Lehman College  cannot determine  whether its educational programs curricula for the Health Teacher, Pre K-12, that if successfully completed, is sufficient to meet the licensure and certification requirements for an Health Education certification in the following states.CUNY Lehman College programs  and currently has made no determination that the curricula is insufficient to meet the licensure and certification requirements for initial teaching certification in any of the 50 states and territories.

CUNY Lehman College has designed educational programs curricula for all Online Health Teacher Pre-K and currently has made no determination that the curricula is insufficient to meet the licensure and certification requirements for initial teaching certification in any of the 50 states and territories.

After making all reasonable efforts, CUNY Lehman College cannot determine  whether its educational programs curricula for Online Health Teacher Pre-K, that if successfully completed, is sufficient to meet the licensure and certification requirements for an Online Health Teacher Pre-K certification in the following states:

List of states(pdf)