School Health Concentration

Students selecting the school health concentration will be eligible for certification to teach PreK-12 students. Teacher Education programs at Towson University, based on state and national standards, are approved by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and the Maryland State Department of Education. Completion of an approved program qualifies graduates for certification in the State of Maryland and other states. Applicants for Maryland teaching certificates are required to achieve qualifying scores on the Praxis Core and Praxis 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 admission to the program, individuals must pass the Praxis Core test or have qualifying scores on ACT or SAT tests. Students should schedule and pass Praxis Core 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 3.0 in Education courses. The state of Maryland requires candidates to pass Praxis II in order to be certified to teach.

Students in the Health Education and Promotion major must select one of three concentrations: Community Health; School Health; or School & Community Health.  All students must complete 52 units of required courses (25 units of prerequisites and 27 units of professional courses) plus the requirements of their selected concentration.

Requirements for the Major

Required Prerequisites
BIOL 191
191L
INTRODUCTORY BIOLOGY FOR HEALTH PROFESSIONS [LECTURE]
and INTRODUCTORY BIOLOGY FOR 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 131PUBLIC SPEAKING3
PSYC 203HUMAN DEVELOPMENT3
or PSYC 201 EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY
or SCED 305 ADOLESCENT LEARNING, DEVELOPMENT, AND DIVERSITY
Health Education Professional Courses
HLTH 101WELLNESS FOR A DIVERSE SOCIETY3
HLTH 207HEALTH CARE IN THE U.S.3
HLTH 222FOUNDATIONS OF HEALTH EDUCATION AND HEALTH BEHAVIOR3
HLTH 311CHRONIC AND COMMUNICABLE DISEASE3
HLTH 315CURRICULUM AND PLANNING3
HLTH 402HEALTH COMMUNICATION3
HLTH 425INSTRUCTIONAL METHODS IN HEALTH EDUCATION3
HLTH 430ORGANIZATION, IMPLEMENTATION AND MANAGEMENT OF HEALTH EDUCATION PROGRAMS3
HLTH 432MEASUREMENT AND EVALUATION IN HEALTH EDUCATION3
Total Units52

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
HIST 145HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES TO THE CIVIL WAR3
or HIST 146 HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES SINCE THE CIVIL WAR
EDUC 202HISTORICAL AND CONTEMPORARY PERSPECTIVES: AMERICA'S URBAN SCHOOLS3
HLTH 103EMC, FIRST AID AND SAFETY3
HLTH 204NUTRITION AND WEIGHT CONTROL FOR THE CONSUMER3
HLTH 208MENTAL HEALTH, STRESS MANAGEMENT, AND CRISIS INTERVENTION3
HLTH 220SEXUALITY IN A DIVERSE SOCIETY3
HLTH 405DRUGS IN OUR CULTRE3
SPED 301INTRODUCTION TO SPECIAL EDUCATION3
SCED 341PRINCIPLES OF SECONDARY EDUCATION4
SCED 460USING READING AND WRITING IN THE SECONDARY SCHOOLS4
SCED 461TEACHING READING IN THE SECONDARY CONTENT AREAS3
Internship
HLTH 488INTERNSHIP IN SCHOOL HEALTH 112
Total Units47

Suggested Four-Year Plan

Based on course availability and student needs and preferences, the selected sequences will probably vary from those presented below. Students should consult with their adviser to make the most appropriate elective choices.

Freshman
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
BIOL 191
191L (Core 7)
4CHEM 121
121L (Core 8)
4
HLTH 101 (Core 11)3COMM 131 (Core 5)3
SOCI 101 or GERO 1013HLTH 2223
Core 1 (or Core 2)3PSYC 1013
Core 33Core 2 (or Core 1)3
 16 16
Sophomore
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
BIOL 221
221L
4BIOL 222
222L
4
HIST 145 or 1463EDUC 2023
HLTH 2043HLTH 2203
HLTH 2083Core 93
Core 133Core 103
 16 16
Junior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
HLTH 1033HLTH 4053
HLTH 3113HLTH 4323
SCED 3414SCED 4613
SCED 4604SPED 3013
Core 43Core 63
 17 15
Senior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
Core 123HLTH 48812
Core 143 
Elective3 
Elective3 
 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.