School Health Concentration

Students selecting the school health concentration will receive certification to teach 7-12 education. Teacher Education programs at Towson University, based on state and national standards, are approved by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education and the Maryland State Department of Education. Completion of an approved program qualifies graduates for certification in all states that are members of the Interstate Reciprocity Contract. Applicants for Maryland teaching certificates are required to achieve qualifying scores on the Praxis I and II examinations, as determined by the Maryland State Board of ­Education.

Students opting for the school health 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 HEALTH CONCENTRATION

Required Courses (44 Units)
EDUC 202HISTORICAL AND CONTEMPORARY PERSPECTIVES: AMERICA'S URBAN SCHOOLS3
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
SPED 301INTRODUCTION TO SPECIAL EDUCATION3
SCED 305ADOLESCENT LEARNING, DEVELOPMENT, AND DIVERSITY3
or PSYC 201 EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY
or PSYC 203 HUMAN DEVELOPMENT
SCED 341PRINCIPLES OF SECONDARY EDUCATION4
SCED 460USING READING AND WRITING IN THE SECONDARY SCHOOLS4
SCED 461TEACHING READING IN THE SECONDARY CONTENT AREAS3
Internship (12 Units)
HLTH 388INTERNSHIP IN SECONDARY EDUCATION-SCHOOL HEALTH12
Total Units56

Requirements for Internship

Before students are allowed to apply for student teaching, 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 (pre-K–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. 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.
  4. GPA requirement: Cumulative- 2.50, EDUC courses-2.75, HLTH courses-2.75

To be eligible for the School Health internship, students must have senior status and must have successfully completed all required courses with a grade of C or better. The requirement for internship cannot be waived.

ALL COURSE WORK MUST BE COMPLETED PRIOR TO INTERNSHIP.

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 1013
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 2043SCED 3053
HIST 145 or 146 (Core 11)3EDUC 202 (Core 10)3
 16 16
Junior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
HLTH 315 (Core 9)3SPED 3013
HLTH 3113HLTH 4323
HLTH 1033HLTH 4053
SCED 3414HLTH 4353
SCED 4604SCED 4613
 17 15
Senior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
Core 123HLTH 38812
HLTH 4253 
HLTH 4303 
Core 143 
 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.