Sep 30, 2023
Students completing this major will attain the K-12 health education/family and consumer sciences initial teaching license. Positions are available for health educators in public and private schools as well as other venues, including in government and social agencies, and clinical settings such as hospitals and medical facilities (some of these positions may require preparation beyond the bachelor’s degree). Students in the major gain content knowledge through a variety of courses while also engaging with children in school settings to gain pedagogical skill and teaching efficacy. The culminating experience is the student teaching practicum. Graduates will be prepared to facilitate the learning of health concepts and skills to promote holistic wellness.
To view a major program sequence to assist with course planning, click here.
Degree: Bachelor of Science (B.S.) with a major in Health/Family and Consumer Sciences
(120 credit hours) Requirements are subject to change.
For more information about the Health/Family and Consumer Sciences major, both teaching and non-teaching, contact Dr. Michelle Moosbrugger or Dr. Ted France, co-chairpersons of the Physical Education and Health Education Department or the Admissions Office at (800) 343-1257.
I. Core Curriculum (40 credits)
This Core Curriculum is faithful to the Springfield College mission and further strengthens the Humanics philosophy of educating students in spirit, mind, and body. It is a cornerstone of a Springfield College education. Regardless of one’s major, it provides a strong, developmental, and holistic foundation for leaders in service to humanity. Upon completion, all graduates will be prepared to learn, lead, and serve in diverse, multicultural, and global contexts as well as in any career path they may choose. They will have the knowledge, habits of the mind, skills, and abilities to face unexpected situations and challenges, the values and attitudes for self-motivation and a vision of service that stems from hope, optimism and making a difference, as well as the self-determination to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle.
View the Core Curriculum Requirements (40 credits) section for a complete list of the domains and courses therein.
C. Related Skill Requirements
Select 1 credit from the following wellness skills courses:
III. Elective (to complete a minimum of 120 credits)
Specialization: Health Education Teacher Licensure (leading to a Teacher of Health/Family and Consumer Science license.)
Admission to Undergraduate Teacher Preparation Programs
Once admitted to Springfield College, the student must meet the following requirements in order to become an official candidate for licensure and get formally admitted to a specific teacher preparation program. This typically occurs prior to the student’s junior year or the equivalent for transfer students.
- 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 and/or special education; biology, English, history or mathematics for secondary; movement and sports studies for physical education or dual health & physical education; art or art therapy for art education; and health promotion for health education.
- Complete, or be in the process of completing, all prerequisites identified for the specific program.
- Earn a minimum 2.750 (3.250 MOST-PHE) cumulative grade point average for all designated licensure courses. This includes all subject matter knowledge coursework as well as teacher preparation professional coursework. See educator preparation homepage on our website for specific lists of ‘Prerequisites and Program Requirements’ for each licensure program. [Note: In all programs except physical education and health, the grade point average for the student’s major is calculated separately from the grade point average for professional preparation courses.]
- Earn a minimum 2.500 (3.250 MOST-PHE) cumulative grade point average and minimum grades specified for designated courses
- Demonstrate the personal characteristics/professional behaviors needed to become a quality teacher (i.e., responsible, dependable, hard working, professional, committed to the teaching profession, etc.).
- Be recommended for admission into a teacher licensure program by the appropriate major department and the Education Department. For students in health and physical education, the only recommendation required is from the Physical Education and Health Education Department.
- Receive a passing score on the Communication and Literacy Skills Tests (reading and writing) of the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL).
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 and must maintain cumulative GPA’s in order to successfully complete the program.
Once all admissions requirements have been met, the student must fill out the application for admission. Applications are available from advisors, departments, or the Educator Preparation Office.
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 Council.