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Health/Family and Consumer Sciences (PreK-12) (Initial Licensure), Postbaccalaureate Licensure

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*This program is not accepting applications at this time.

The Health/Family and Consumer Sciences Postbaccalaureate Licensure program is designed for persons who have a bachelor’s degree and wish to be licensed as teachers of health education (PreK-12). Students who successfully complete the curriculum below are eligible. For information regarding application procedures and admission standards, students should consult the Admission-Graduate section of this catalog.

Students seeking initial licensure should consult the Educator Preparation and Licensure Policies and Procedures section of this catalog for information pertaining to licensure, admission to and retention in professional education, as well as important institutional deadlines.

*This program is not accepting applications at this time.

Admissions Requirements

  • Online application - A completed application and $50 application fee
  • Transcripts - Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work, including proof of a bachelor’s degree from a four-year accredited college or university; if the degree has not yet been awarded at the time of application, the successful applicant must be nearing completion of the bachelor’s degree
  • Minimum GPA -  A minimum 2.8 GPA
  • Letters of Recommendation - Two letters of recommendation, at least one from academic and professional references
  • MTEL Scores- A qualifying score on the Communication and Literacy Skills portion of the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure® (MTEL)

Graduate Chair: Dr. Maura Rosenthal


Required Courses

In addition to the following courses, students must supply evidence of current certification in Standard First Aid and CPR. 

BIOL 251 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I
BIOL 252 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II
EDHM 210 - Introduction to Teaching in the Secondary Schools *
EDHM 235 - Learning, Motivation and Teaching
EDHM 335 - Assessment and Planning
EDHM 401 - Teaching Literacy in the Content Areas
HEAL 200 - Principles and Practices of Health Education
HEAL 300 - Current Issues in Health
HEAL 315 - School and Community Health
HEAL 385 - Epidemiology
HEAL 401 - Human Sexuality
HEAL 405 - Drugs in Society
HEAL 407 - Stress Management
HEAL 450 - Health Promotion Strategies
HEAL 471 - Nutrition
HEAL 477 - Environmental and Consumer Health
HEAL 491 - Field Based Pre-Practicum in Health
HEAL 495 - Practicum in Student Teaching – Elementary Health (Health/Family and Consumer Science)
HEAL 496 - Practicum in Student Teaching-Secondary Health (Health/Family and Consumer Science)
PHED 200 - Fitness for Life
PSYC 227 - Developmental Psychology
SPED 203 - Cultural Diversity Issues in School and Society

*To be completed prior to admission to professional education and enrollment in upper-division education courses.

***For the most up-to-date information regarding course descriptions, please visit our University Catalog

Total minimum credits: 73

Funding Opportunities

The College of Graduate Studies provides various opportunities for graduate students to receive funding while working towards their degrees. Appointments are competitive and are determined by undergraduate and/or graduate grade point averages, pertinent experience, educational preparation and interviews.  For information on assistantships, fellowships and conference funding awards, please visit our Graduate Funding Opportunities page

The PHPPMS is eligible for unsubsidized student loans and applicants are encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. For more specific questions, please visit the Financial Aid Office website or contact them directly at

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