School Health Education (A.S.)

School Health Education (SHE) is a professional field in which certified educators convey health information to students of public or private elementary, middle, and secondary schools.This field is expected to grow because of recent initiatives and policies enacted to address the increasing number of school age children and adolescents afflicted with chronic diseases, such as asthma, diabetes, and obesity.

School Health Education at BMCC is Co-Coordinated by the Health Education and Teacher Education Departments. Training in school health education will give you the knowledge and skills necessary to develop, implement, and evaluate lesson plans that address the multiple dimensions of health. This preparation enables school health educators to effectively promote health and prevent disease among children, adolescents, and other populations.


Employment as a certified health educator in public elementary, middle and high school classrooms will require a bachelor degree. Any of the following jobs may be pursued with an associate degree and are available in extracurricular school programs as well as child care and youth centers, managed by public, private and community organization Health Teacher in Elementary, Middle or High Schools*, Certified Health Educators on Pediatric Hospital Wards*, Child Care Caseworker, Day Care Center Coordinator, School Activity Leader, Health Educator in Youth Programs, Teen Center Program Leader, or After School Program Manager.

*Completion of SHE BS Degree required.

Transfer Options

BMCC has articulation agreements with several four year colleges to allow you to seamlessly continue your education there without any loss of credits. You can transfer to a teacher education program at a senior college in order to become certified in School Health Education (Pre-K to 12th Grade). Senior colleges with accredited bachelor degree programs in this field include CUNY at York College, SUNY at Brockport and Cortland, Hofstra University, Long Island University and Adelphi University.

Academic Program Maps

Required Common Core

Flexible Core3

Curriculum Requirements

Program Electives (Choose at least 5 credits)

ECE 201The Exceptional Child

Total Curriculum Requirements
Total Program Requirements

1. Consult with an advisor on which courses to take to satisfy these areas.

2. These areas can be satisfied by taking a STEM variant.

3. No more than two courses in any discipline or interdisciplinary field can be used to satisfy Flexible Core requirements.

Please note, these requirements are effective the 2017-2018 catalog year. Please check your DegreeWorks account for your specific degree requirements as when you began at BMCC will determine your program requirements.

Health Education Dept.

199 Chambers Street, Room N-798
New York, NY 10007
Phone: (212) 220-1453

Hours of Operation:
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m