As a School Health Educator, you can share much needed health information with children and teens. Now more than ever there is a need for trusted education professionals to introduce and explain a variety of health topics in schools and make sure children and teens have the correct information. 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.
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.
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School Health Education Academic Program Maps
Required Common Core
- This course links theories and research on learning and development to teaching practices for urban adolescent populations. Students will explore techniques and strategies that foster independence, community, self-regulation and well-being during adolescence. In addition, approaches and classroom applications, related to adolescent development will be covered: learning styles, intelligence, motivation, affect, parenting styles, cultural competence, classroom communication, management strategies and development (cognitive, social emotional, linguistic, and physical). This course includes 15 hours of field work in junior or senior high school classrooms.
- This course provides an overview of the social context of schooling within the diversity of American society. It focuses on the historical, philosophical, social, and political foundations of education, especially in urban settings. The following topics are explored in depth: the notion of schooling, multicultural education, tracking, funding, school reform, and issues of inequality and privilege. Students participate in a minimum of 15 hours of course-related fieldwork.
Prerequisite: EDU 201 or EDS 201
- This course in health educations offers a comprehensive approach that provides students with the knowledge, skills, and behavioral models to enhance their physical, emotional, social, intellectual and spiritual health as well as facilitate their health decision-making ability. Areas of specialization include: alcohol, tobacco and abused substances, mental and emotional health, human sexuality and family living, nutrition, physical fitness, cardiovascular health, environmental health and health care delivery. HED 110 fulfills all degree requirements for HE 100. Students who have completed HED 100 - Health Education will not receive credit for this course.
- This course examines the use of licit and illicit drugs across cultures within the context of personal health and wellness. The historical, pharmacodynamics, psychological, emotional and social aspects of licit and illicit drug use, as well as drug abuse, will serve as the foundation for this examination.
- This course deals with the physiological, psychological and social aspects of human sexual development and functions.
- Historical events and contemporary factors affecting the availability, control, and monitoring of American Health Care products and services are explored. Such factors include: the private and public financing of health care, public and private monitoring of health care; and the ethical issues of medical care in America. The purpose of the course is not to advocate any particular health care philosophy, product or service, but to provide the student with the skills and factual base for making informed decisions in the health care marketplace.
- This course examines what the National Academy of Sciences recommends for meeting onea??s nutritional needs. It examines the food, beverages, and supplements that comprise onea??s diet and assesses their impact on health following digestion, absorption, and metabolism. The course is designed to help students make health informed choices regarding nutritional needs and goals.
- This course is designed to provide health education students with an understanding of theories and models upon which behavior change is based and with strategies to impact health behavior change. Students will acquire basic health behavior counseling and coaching skills and practice principles involved in motivation and program adherence and retention. Each student will gain experience working in the field of community health education through a field placement assignment.
Prerequisite: HED 110 or [HED 100 with an earned grade of "B" grade or above]
Program Electives (Choose at least 5 credits)
- This course focuses on children's physical, cognitive, linguistic and socio-emotional development, and the related implications for learning. Within the context of race, class and culture, the following topics are explored in depth: the nature of intelligence, gender identity, attachment and other psychosocial attributes (typical and atypical). Students participate in a minimum of 15 hours of course-related fieldwork.
Prerequisites: PSY 100
- This course will develop positive health related attitudes, values, and habits to promote physical, mental and social wellness. The student will attain a broad spectrum of exercise information and skills and apply that knowledge to those skills in a laboratory fitness program, utilizing appropriate equipment to assess the function of muscular systems during physical performance. Individuals will explore the body's adaptations to aerobic, anaerobic, and resistance training.
- An advanced seminar in health education, this course concentrates on an in-depth investigation of selected health problems. Emphasis is placed on social aspects of health.
- This course academically examines topics that health education professionals have identified as: 1) critical to the health and wellbeing of specific populations, 2) relevant to the current state of the nation's health and healthcare system, 3) representative of recent trends in health practices/theory, or 4) a significant health concern attributable to personal health behavior(s). This course provides for an in-depth analysis of the array of topics germane to the health field. Each semester one or more topics will be offered through this course.
Prerequisite: HED 100 or HED 110
- Students in this course acquire knowledge essential for safe living, including the causes and preventions of accidents. The student learns the practical skills of first aid and cardio pulmonary resuscitation. Students are eligible for certification provided they meet Red Cross standards.
- This course is designed to provide students with a comprehensive overview of the psychological, physical, and social understanding of the stress response. The course will explore the divergent ranges of the human stress response, while emphasizing the use of positive stress in an academic setting. Opportunities will be provided for students to learn concrete scientific measures, gain practical insights, and adapt viable stress management techniques. The purpose of the course is not to advocate any one particular technique, but rather to enable students to make informed decisions about stress management approaches toward enhancing health.
- This course focuses on preventive heart care utilizing: nutritional plans, cardiovascular stress management, cardiovascular knowledge, and individualized cardiovascular fitness programs. In the classroom and fitness laboratory, students explore, devise and practice educational and fitness strategies to improve their overall cardiovascular health.
Please note, these requirements are effective the 2019-2020 catalog year. Please check your DegreeWorks account for your specific degree requirements as when you began at BMCC will determine your program requirements.
- Consult with an advisor on which courses to take to satisfy these areas.
- These areas can be satisfied by taking a STEM variant.
- No more than two courses in any discipline or interdisciplinary field can be used to satisfy Flexible Core requirements.