School and Community Health (Dual Concentration)

Students may choose to select the dual concentration which incorporates the required courses of both the School Health and Community Health concentrations. Students who select and complete this concentration will be prepared to work in community health settings and also will receive certification to teach grades 7 through 12. Students in the School and Community Health Dual concentration must meet the requirements for admission to the professional education program and to internship. Prior to internship, individuals must pass the Praxis I test. Students should schedule this examination before their junior year.

To exit the School Health Teacher program successfully, candidates must have maintained a 2.50 overall GPA, 2.75 in Health courses, and 2.75 in Education courses. The state of Maryland requires candidates to pass Praxis II in order to be certified to teach.

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR

Required Prerequisites (25 Units)
BIOL 190INTRODUCTORY BIOLOGY FOR THE HEALTH PROFESSIONS (lab)4
CHEM 121
121L
ALLIED HEALTH CHEMISTRY I LECTURE
and ALLIED HEALTH CHEMISTRY I LABORATORY
4
BIOL 221
221L
HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY I [LECTURE]
and HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY I [LAB]
4
BIOL 222
222L
HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY II [LECTURE]
and HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY II [LAB]
4
PSYC 101INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY3
COMM 131FUNDAMENTALS OF SPEECH COMMUNICATION3
GERO 101INTRODUCTION TO GERONTOLOGY3
or SOCI 101 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY
Health Science Content Core (21 Units)
HLTH 101WELLNESS FOR A DIVERSE SOCIETY3
HLTH 222FOUNDATIONS OF HEALTH EDUCATION AND HEALTH BEHAVIOR3
HLTH 204NUTRITION AND WEIGHT CONTROL FOR THE CONSUMER3
HLTH 208MENTAL HEALTH, STRESS MANAGEMENT, AND CRISIS INTERVENTION3
HLTH 220SEXUALITY IN A DIVERSE SOCIETY3
HLTH 311CHRONIC AND COMMUNICABLE DISEASE3
HLTH 432MEASUREMENT AND EVALUATION IN HEALTH EDUCATION3
Total Units46

Please note: Enrollment in BIOL 221BIOL 221LBIOL 222, and BIOL 222L. is limited to two attempts including withdrawals. Exceptions to this limit may be requested by contacting the Course Coordinator.

Requirements for School and Community Health DUAL CONCENTRATION

Required Courses (44 Units)
HIST 145HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES TO THE CIVIL WAR3
or HIST 146 HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES SINCE THE CIVIL WAR
HLTH 103EMC, FIRST AID AND SAFETY3
HLTH 207HEALTH CARE IN THE U.S.3
HLTH 315CURRICULUM AND PLANNING3
HLTH 405DRUGS IN OUR CULTRE3
HLTH 425INSTRUCTIONAL METHODS IN HEALTH EDUCATION3
HLTH 430ORGANIZATION, IMPLEMENTATION AND MANAGEMENT OF HEALTH EDUCATION PROGRAMS3
HLTH 435EPIDEMIOLOGICAL BASIS OF DISEASE AND ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH3
SCED 305ADOLESCENT LEARNING, DEVELOPMENT, AND DIVERSITY3
or PSYC 201 EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY
or PSYC 203 HUMAN DEVELOPMENT
SCED 341PRINCIPLES OF SECONDARY EDUCATION4
SCED 461TEACHING READING IN THE SECONDARY CONTENT AREAS3
SPED 301INTRODUCTION TO SPECIAL EDUCATION3
EDUC 202HISTORICAL AND CONTEMPORARY PERSPECTIVES: AMERICA'S URBAN SCHOOLS3
SCED 200FOUNDATIONS OF EDUCATION3
SCED 460USING READING AND WRITING IN THE SECONDARY SCHOOLS4
Internship (12 Units)
HLTH 387INTERNSHIP IN SECONDARY EDUCATION-SCHOOL HEALTH6
HLTH 421FIELD WORK IN COMMUNITY HEALTH6
Total Units56

The capstone for this concentration is split between a student teaching internship and a community health placement. To be eligible for the internship, students with a dual school/community health concentration must have senior status and must have successfully completed all required courses with a grade of C or better. They must also have completed all requirements the school health internship, as provided below. The requirements for internship cannot be waived. ALL COURSE WORK MUST BE COMPLETED PRIOR TO INTERNSHIP.

Requirements for School Health Internship

Before students are allowed to apply for internship, they must provide the following:

  1. Criminal Background Check. All pre-service students in the Teacher Education programs at Towson University whose program requires an internship in a public or private school setting (7–12) will be required to complete a Criminal Background Check (CBC). The CBC must be filed with the director of the Center for Professional Practice.
  2. PRAXIS I: Students must provide evidence of successful completion of the PRAXIS I before they can be placed.
  3. Completion of speech and hearing screening
  4. GPA requirement: Cumulative- 2.50, EDUC courses-2.75, HLTH courses-2.75

Students cannot be placed for their school health internship without a CBC, proof of passing PRAXIS I, and completion of a speech and hearing screening.

Suggested Four-Year Plan

Freshman
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
TSEM 102 (Core 1)3ENGL 102 (Core 2)3
HLTH 101 (Core 11)3HLTH 2223
BIOL 190 (Core 7)4PSYC 101 (Core 6)3
SOCI 101 (Core 6)3CHEM 121
121L (Core 8)
4
Core 33COMM 131 (Core 5)3
 16 16
Sophomore
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
BIOL 221
221L
4BIOL 222
222L
4
HLTH 2073Core 43
HLTH 2083HLTH 220 (Core 13)3
HLTH 2043EDUC 202 (Core 10)3
HIST 145 or 1463Select one of the following:3
 
 
 
 16 16
Junior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
HLTH 315 (Core 9)3SPED 3013
HLTH 3113HLTH 4323
HLTH 1033HLTH 4053
SCED 3414SCED 4613
SCED 4604Core 12 or 143
 17 15
Senior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
Core 12 or 143HLTH 3876
HLTH 4253HLTH 4216
HLTH 4303 
HLTH 4353 
 12 12
Total Units 120

1. Using technology, students will identify, analyze and evaluate major and micro influences (e.g. demographic, social and political), and how these affect individual and population health behaviors and outcomes.
2. Students will write clearly, logically and succinctly in standard professional prose with well-referenced developmental detail appropriately cited according to APA standards.
3. Students will demonstrate professional and ethical behaviors in the field of health education exhibiting appropriate intrapersonal and interpersonal social skills with management, staff or students in ways that promote effective work and/or learning environments.