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Female Student at Graduate

Dr. Mary LaVine, Program Coordinator 

Multi-Age Education (PK-12)

Health Education


In cooperation with various academic disciplines in the University, the Department of Teacher Education offers a four-year Multi-Age Education, Physical Education license (grades PK-12) program approved by the Ohio Department of Education.  

The Multi-Age PK-12 Health Education, Bachelor of Science in Education degree requires a minimum of 121 semester hours of course work including a semester of student teaching.  Please refer to the four year plan for additional information.  This teaching license requires passage of the Ohio Assessments for Educators in order to be eligible to student teach. 

Employment Opportunities

Graduates of the Health Education program will be qualified to teach in the PK-12 Health Education classroom.  Graduates also find rewarding careers in the private health sector. It is recommended that students in this major consider adding the Physical Education Education license to increase marketability.  

Learning Outcomes

The following learning outcomes are based on The Ohio Standards for the Teaching Profession.  These standards were developed for use as a guide for teachers as they continually reflect upon and improve their effectiveness as educators throughout all of the stages of their careers. These standards serve as an important tool for teachers as they consider their growth and development in the profession. These standards in developing and content of our teacher education programs.  They are interrelated and connect in teachers’ practice.

  • Teachers understand student learning and development and respect the diversity of the students they teach.
  • Teachers know and understand the content area for which they have instructional responsibility.
  • Teachers understand and use varied assessments to inform instruction, evaluate and ensure student learning.
  • Teachers plan and deliver effective instruction that advances the learning of each individual student.
  • Teachers create learning environments that promote high levels of learning and achievement for all students.
  • Teachers assume responsibility for professional growth, performance and involvement as an individual and as a member of a learning community.
  • Teachers collaborate and communicate with students, parents, other educators, administrators and the community to support student learning. Teachers assume responsibility for professional growth, performance and involvement as an individual and as a member of a learning community.

Professional Dispositions:  

In addition to the above learning outcomes, teacher candidates are expected to display the following professional dispositions:

  • Creating fairness in the classroom
  • Providing an inclusive environment that is safe and conducive to learning
  • Demonstrating the belief that all students can learn
  • Fostering collaborative relationships to support student learning and well- being
  • Exhibiting professional skills

Field Experiences and Student Teaching

Students complete over 300 hours of pre-clinical experiences in addition to student teaching.  Field experiences are included in the following courses and offer opportunities to provide varying levels of classroom support (observing, one-on-one tutoring, small group teaching, whole class teaching).

Field Experiences

Pre-clinical Field Experiences:  

The pre-clinical experience is conducted in local schools and provides an opportunity for teacher candidates to complete an in-depth field experience prior to student teaching.  This field experience requires a substantial time commitment, as teacher candidates spend the entire day in schools during designated weeks. The Health Education pre-clinical experience occurs over two semesters.  Applications for the pre-clinical experience must be submitted (1) one year in advance to BCOE Room 2101, by September 1 for fall pre-clinical and February 1 for spring pre-clinical.  Contact the Beeghly College of Education, academic advisors for minimum pre-clinical prerequisites. 

Student Teaching

Students complete a 16 week student teaching experience.  Students must pass the edTPA performance-based assessment with a minimum score of 137 during this experience.

  • SED 4845 Supervised Student Teaching: Health (K-12)
  • SED 4842A Student Teaching Seminar for Secondary Education


Advisement is provided by the academic advisors in the Beeghly College of Education.  Majors in this program must complete general education requirements, subject area curriculum requirements, reading course requirements, and professional education requirements.  Prior to student teaching, all adolescent/young adult majors must complete a pre-clinical experience. 

Required Assessments

The Ohio Assessments for Educators (OAE) assess the content area and professional (pedagogical) knowledge of candidates who are seeking initial Ohio educator license or adding a new licence area.  The assessments are aligned with Ohio's New Learning Standards.  Teacher candidates must pass these exams prior to student teaching.

004 Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Multi-Age (PK-12)

023 Health

General Education Requirements
Core Competencies12
Writing 1
Writing 2
Communication Foundations
Mathematics Requirement
One of the following courses may be taken to fulfill Math Ger. Math 2652 is preferred math course if you are required to take Math Praxis Core.
Quantitative Reasoning (or higher)
Mathematics for Early Childhood Teachers 2
General Education Knowledge Domains
Some courses are categroized in more than one knowledge domain. Courses can only be used once within the General Educaiton model. Courses listed below for GERs are required in the program.
Arts and Humanities6
Natural Sciences (2 courses, 1 lab)8
Allied Health Anatomy and Physiology
and Allied Health Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory
Natural Science Course
Social Science6
General Psychology
Lifespan Development
Social and Personal Awareness6
Healthy Lifestyles
Social and Personal Awareness Course
General Education Elective 3
Introduction to Becoming a Teacher First Year Experience Course BCOE
Subject Area Curriculum
FNUT 1551Normal Nutrition3
AHLT 5807Epidemiology3
HEPE 2689Scientific Basis of Fitness3
HEPE 3766Principles and Analysis of Motor Development3
HEPE 3768Advocacy and Best Practices in Health and Physical Education2
HEPE 4899Physiological Effects of Exercise on Children and Adolescents3
HPES 1500Physical Activity Core Concepts1
HPES 1509Meditation1
HPES 2605Sports First Aid and Injury Prevention3
MATC 1501Medical Terminology3
PHLT 3731Drug Use and Abuse3
PHLT 3757Health and Disease4
PHLT 3791Community Health3
PHLT 2692Human Sexuality3
Professional Education Curriculum
FOUN 1501Introduction to Education3
FOUN 3708Education and Society 23
PSYC 3709Psychology of Education3
SPED 2630Individuals with Exceptionalities in Society3
TERG 3710Reading Application in Content Areas, Middle Years3
Preclinical Curriculum (blocked courses must be taken concurrently and in the following sequence.
Preclinical (Fall Semester)
HEPE 4808Assessment Instruments and Strategies in Health and Physical Education3
HEPE 3702Health Education Theory and Methods 14
Preclinical 2 (Fall Semester)
HEPE 3715Health Education for Middle School 23
HEPE 3716Health Education for High School 23
HEPE 4889Selected Topics in Health and Physical Education2
Student Teaching Curriculum
SED 4845Supervised Student Teaching: Health (K-12) 210
SED 4842AStudent Teaching Seminar for Secondary Education 22
Total Semester Hours121

 Prerequisites for preclinical curriculum


 Upper Division Courses

BCOE Notes:

  • Neither admission to the University nor declaration of a major related to a teaching field guarantees admission to the BCOE’s Teacher Education Programs or candidacy for a teaching license. Formal Admission to Teacher Education (Upper-Division) is required before students are allowed to enroll in junior and senior level courses in the college.  Undetermined Education students must declare a major before applying for admission to the Teacher Education Program.
  • Admission to the Teacher Education Program is obtained upon satisfactory completion of the following requirements:
    • Minimum completion of 50 s.h.
    • Minimum 2.75 overall GPA
  • Meet one of the following criteria:
    • Overall GPA 3.4 or better, OR
    • ACT scores of Reading 21, English 18, Mathematics 22, OR
    • SAT scores of Reading 450, Writing 430, Mathematics 520, OR
    • Praxis CORE scores, Reading 156, Writing 162, Mathematics 150
  • Grade of "B" or better in:
    • ENGL 1550
    • ENGL 1551
    • If failure to receive a grade of "B" or better in ENGL 1550 and ENGL 1551 - ENGL 2601 grade must be a "B" or better. If you recieve a "C" or below, you will need to retake the course.
  • Grade of "B" or better in the following courses. If you do not have a "B" or better, you will need to retake one or more of these courses until the "B" is achieved.
    • FOUN 1501
    • CMST 1545
    • SPED 2630
    • HEPE 2628/HEPE 2624 
  • Professional education, preclinical, student teaching courses may only be repeated one time.
  • Minimum requirements for teachers' licenses are determined by the Ohio Department of Education; if those requirements change, they become effective immediately at Youngstown State University. 

Upper Division Notes:

Upper Division Application (The application and forms must be completed and printed from the BCOE website.)

  • After candidates have completed a minimum of 50 s.h., they should submit an Upper Division application along with the completion of the Good Moral Character Statement, a copy of BCI and FBI clearances, and Dispositional Assessment to the BCOE Office of Student Services, room 2101, no later than:
    • September 1 - to register for upper division courses for Spring 
    • February 1 - to register for upper division courses for summer and fall
  • Each completed application must be reviewed and approved by the Upper Division Admission and Retention Committee. If all requirements are met, the student will be allowed to register for upper division courses the following semester. Applications submitted after the deadline will not be processed until the end of the respective semester.

Preclinical Application with Request for Graduation Evaluation

  • The application must be completed and printed from the BCOE website.
  • Preclinical application with the Graduation Evaluation Request summary is to be submitted one year prior to the intended preclinical semester to the BCOE Office of Student Services no later than
    • September 1 - for Fall preclinical
    • February 1 - for Spring preclinical
  • Preclinical candidates are screened for eligibility because specific course and grade point average prerequisites must be met.

Student Teaching Notes:

  • Prerequisites: BCOE upper division and senior status, overall 2.75 GPA, minimum of 2.67 GPA in subject area curriculum and professional education courses with no grade less than a "C", and passage of OAE test(s) and ACTFL tests for foreign language.
  • Instructions for completing the Student Teaching application and forms are available on BCOE website. The application and forms must be completed and printed from the BCOE website and submitted to the BCOE Office of Student Services no later than:
    • September 1 - to student teach the following spring semester
    • February 1 - to student teach the following fall semester

Graduation Process

  • Apply for graduation during the first three weeks of the semester you plan to graduate (you must have a graduation evaluation completed in advance).

Completing a Bachelor of Science in Education without Licensure:

  • Students choosing to graduate without licensure must apply for approval to graduate without licensure at the BCOE Office of Student Services, 2101 Beeghly Hall, 330-941-3268.
  • Once approved, students must complete all program requirements except for student teaching curriculum.  In place of student teaching curriculum, students will take TCED 4830 Undergraduate Capstone Course for Education Majors

General Education Requirements:

  • All students must satisfy General Education requirements; some majors, prescribe specific GE courses. 
  • Courses taken for the major may be applied toward satisfying General Education requirements but credit hours toward graduation cannot be double counted.
  • Approved General Education courses can be found at


  • Freshmen, athletes,and students on warning and probation are required to meet with an advisor before registration.
  • It is recommended that all majors meet with a faculty advisor every semester.

Financial Aid:


  • Residency rule requires the last 30 semester hours of your degree and at least 16 semester hours in your major and 21 semester hours in upper-division courses to be completed at YSU.
Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
TCED 1500 Introduction to Becoming a Teacher First Year Experience Course BCOE 3
ENGL 1550 Writing 1 3
FNUT 1551 Normal Nutrition 3
CMST 1545 Communication Foundations 3
Natural Science GER 3
 Semester Hours15
ENGL 1551 Writing 2 3
FOUN 1501 Introduction to Education 3
PHLT 1568 Healthy Lifestyles 3
PSYC 1560 General Psychology 3
HEPE 2689 Scientific Basis of Fitness 3
HPES 1500 Physical Activity Core Concepts 1
 Semester Hours16
Year 2
HPES 1509 Meditation 1
PHLT 3791 Community Health 3
HPES 2605 Sports First Aid and Injury Prevention 3
PSYC 2692 Human Sexuality 3
BIOL 1545
Allied Health Anatomy and Physiology
and Allied Health Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory
 Semester Hours15
HEPE 3768 Advocacy and Best Practices in Health and Physical Education 2
HEPE 3766 Principles and Analysis of Motor Development 3
MATC 1501 Medical Terminology 3
AHLT 5807 Epidemiology 3
Math Requirement 3
Social and Personal Awareness GER 3
 Semester Hours17
Year 3
PSYC 3709 Psychology of Education 3
SPED 2630 Individuals with Exceptionalities in Society 3
TERG 3710 Reading Application in Content Areas, Middle Years 3
HEPE 3702 Health Education Theory and Methods 1 4
HEPE 4808 Assessment Instruments and Strategies in Health and Physical Education 1 3
 Semester Hours16
FOUN 3708 Education and Society 2 3
PHLT 3757 Health and Disease 4
HEPE 3715 Health Education for Middle School 3
PSYC 3758 Lifespan Development 3
Arts and Humanities GER 3
 Semester Hours16
Year 4
HEPE 4899 Physiological Effects of Exercise on Children and Adolescents 3
HEPE 3716 Health Education for High School 2 3
PHLT 3731 Drug Use and Abuse 3
HEPE 4889 Selected Topics in Health and Physical Education 2
Arts and Humanities GER 3
 Semester Hours14
SED 4845 Supervised Student Teaching: Health (K-12) 2 10
SED 4842A Student Teaching Seminar for Secondary Education 2 2
 Semester Hours12
 Total Semester Hours121

1  Prerequisites for preclinical courses

2  Upper Division Courses