Jan 26, 2021
(132 semester hours) Requirements are subject to change.
The mission of Springfield College’s health studies major is to advance the quality
of life in our society by providing students with the knowledge, understanding,
and skills needed to plan, implement, and evaluate health programs in schools,
community organizations, healthcare organizations, and worksites. The program
promotes the growth and development of students in health classes by fostering
decision making, critical thinking, and communication skills that lead to personal
and social responsibilities.
Positions are available in the professional field for health educators in government
and social agencies, public and private schools, and clinical settings such as
hospitals and medical facilities (some of these positions may require preparation
beyond the bachelor’s degree). Specialists in this field also serve in public
health departments; in social service agencies such as the American Heart Association,
American Cancer Society, and the American Lung Association; and in the allied
areas of research, medicine, patient education, schools, and health maintenance
organizations. With increasing attention and concern focused on the state of health
and health practices in all segments of American society, the future employment
opportunities for qualified health educators are increasing and expanding.
The College offers an excellent curriculum for students interested in health
studies. Students interested in seeking licensure as a teacher of health/family
and consumer sciences select the health studies major and complete the teacher
For more information about the health studies major, both teaching and non-teaching
concentrations, contact the Physical Education and Health Education Department
at (413) 748-3029 or the Admissions Office at (800) 343-1257.
I. General Education Program (30 s.h. in addition to courses taken for the major)
To integrate the humanics philosophy into their lives, Springfield College students
engage in the search for knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of values
through a variety of courses in the sciences and humanities. In addition to those
General Education courses, students must complete 6 s.h. of Writing-Across-the-Curriculum
(WAC) courses. For more information see the General Education Program and WAC courses. In the major requirements listed below, selected courses which fulfill General
Education categories are marked with an asterisk; selected WAC courses are marked
with a “W”.
II. Health Requirements (23 s.h.)
III. Related Requirements (33 s.h.)
In addition, select 2 s.h. from the following skills courses:
IV. Health Education and Teacher Licensure Requirements
Health studies majors should begin their program requirements upon their admission
to the College, but in order to be considered teacher candidates and to complete
the professional preparation requirement, they must apply for official admission
to the teacher preparation program and be accepted. More information about requirements
for admittance to the teacher preparation program can be found in Section VI below.
Health Education Professional Preparation Requirements (38 s.h.)
VI. Admission to the Teacher Preparation Program
Once admitted to Springfield College, the student must meet the following requirements
for admission to undergraduate teacher preparation programs:
- Follow the appropriate course of study based on the field the student is interested
in teaching. This includes majoring in an acceptable major for that licensure
area and taking the required teacher preparation courses. This enables the student
to fulfill the prerequisites needed to gain admission to a teacher preparation
program. Examples of acceptable majors and licensure areas are psychology for
early childhood; American studies, English, or mathematics and computer technology
for elementary; biology, English, history or mathematics for secondary; movement
and sports studies for physical education; art/studio art concentration or art
therapy for art; and health studies.
- Complete, or be in the process of completing, all prerequisites identified for
the specific program. [For application to the health/family and consumer sciences
licensure program, the prerequisite is PEPC 100.]
- Earn a minimum 2.750 cumulative grade point average for all designated licensure
courses. See teacher preparation handbook for a list of these courses for each
licensure program. [For application to the health/family and consumer sciences
licensure program, the designated licensure courses include SOCI 101, SOCI 220,
and all courses taken with the following prefixes: EDUC, HLTH, MOSK, MOST, PEAC,
- Earn a minimum 2.500 cumulative grade point average.
- Receive a score of 70 or higher on the Communication and Literacy Skills Tests
(reading and writing) of the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL).
- Earn minimum grades specified for designated courses.
- Demonstrate the personal characteristics needed to become a teacher (for example,
responsible, dependable, hard working, professional, committed to the teaching
profession, etc.). [For application to the health/family and consumer sciences
licensure program, this standard is demonstrated by:
- having no more than one negative evaluation on file or having met the prescription
requirements of the PETA department’s Appraisal and Retention Committee.
- meeting the technical standards for the department (available from the PETA department
- Be recommended for admission into a teacher licensure program by the appropriate
major department and the Education Department. (For students in physical Education
and health, the only recommendation required is from the Physical Education Teaching
and Administration Department.)
Note:Students who have been admitted to a teacher preparation program must maintain
all the admissions requirements listed above through the semester preceding the
practicum (student teaching) in order to be eligible to begin the practicum experience.
Once all admissions requirements have been met, the student must:
- Fill out the top portion of the application for admission into a teacher licensure
program. Applications are available from advisors, departments, or the Educator
Preparation Office. Bring the application to the appropriate department(s) for
recommendation(s)/signature(s) and attachment of required documents.
- Completed applications must be returned to the Office of Educator Preparation
& Licensure (Administration Building, room 209). Applications are complete
once they have all necessary signatures and have required documentation attached.
This typically occurs prior to the student’ s junior year (or the equivalent for
The Director of Educator Preparation & Licensure will review the completed
application and notify the candidate of the admission decision. If a student wishes
to appeal this decision, a written appeal must be submitted to the Educator Preparation
VI. Sample Program by Year
The program listed below is a sample—courses are not guaranteed to be offered
during the semester or year listed. It is the student’s responsibility to insure
that all requirements are met on a timely basis and that needed prerequisite courses
are completed before taking upper-level requirements; therefore, they should consult
carefully with an advisor when planning their program. Students must average a
minimum of 16.25 s.h. a semester to complete this program in four years.
In addition to the courses identified below, the following General Education
categories need to be fulfilled for this major: Mathematics, Computer Science,
Physical Education skills courses, Literature, Second Language/Culture, Visual
and Performing Arts, History, Philosophy, and Religion. 6 s.h. of electives will
be required to complete 130 s.h.
Courses marked with an * fulfill or partially fulfill a General Education category.
Courses marked with a w may fulfill a WAC requirement, depending on the year taken.
A. First Year - Fall Semester
First Year - Spring or Fall Semesters
- General Education courses to total 33 s.h.
First Year - Spring Semester
B. Second Year - Fall Semester
Second Year - Fall or Spring Semesters
- 10–13 s.h. of General Education courses Second Year - Spring Semester
C. Third Year - Fall Semester
Third Year - Fall or Spring Semesters
- General Education courses to total 37 s.h. Third Year - Spring Semester
D. Fourth Year - Fall Semester
- Any uncompleted program requirements, General Education courses, or electives
to total 132 s.h.
Fourth Year - Spring Semester
- EDUC 462 - Practicum Seminar (3 s.h.)