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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.  

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:  

  • HEPE 3715 Teaching of Middle School Health Education
  • HEPE 3716 Teaching of High School Health Education

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 37 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 Competencies
ENGL 1550Writing 13-4
or ENGL 1549 Writing 1 with Support
ENGL 1551Writing 23
CMST 1545Communication Foundations3
Mathematics Requirement3
One of the following courses may be taken to fulfill the Mathematics Requirement. 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
Knowledge Domains
Some courses are categorized in more than one Knowledge Domain. Courses can only be used once within the General Education model. Courses listed below for Knowledge Domains are required in the program.
Arts and Humanities (6 s.h.)
PHIL 26253
Arts and Humanities elective3
Natural Sciences (2 courses, 1 with lab) (6-7 s.h.)
BIOL 1545
Allied Health Anatomy and Physiology
and Allied Health Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory
Natural Science elective3
Social Science (6 s.h.)
PSYC 1560General Psychology3
PSYC 3758Lifespan Development3
Social and Personal Awareness (6 s.h.)
PHLT 1568Healthy Lifestyles3
SOC 2690Identities and Differences3
First Year Experience course
TCED 1500Introduction to Becoming a Teacher First Year Experience Course BCOE3
Subject Area Curriculum
FNUT 1551Normal Nutrition3
ECIS 2600Educating the Whole Child3
KSS 1509Meditation1
HEPE 2628Movement for Early Childhood3
HEPE 2689Scientific Basis of Fitness3
HEPE 3766Principles and Analysis of Motor Development (This is changing to a 4 s.h. course)3
HEPE 3768Advocacy and Best Practices in Health and Physical Education2
HEPE 4899Physiological Effects of Exercise on Children and Adolescents3
PHLT 3731Drug Use and Abuse3
PHLT 3757Health and Disease4
PHLT 3791Community Health3
PSYC 2692Human Sexuality3
Professional Education Curriculum
EDFN 1501Introduction to Education3
EDFN 3708Education and Society3
PSYC 3709Psychology of Education3
SPED 2630Individuals with Exceptionalities in Society3
TERG 2610Reading Application in Content Areas Middle Years3
Preclinical Curriculum (blocked courses must be taken concurrently and in the following sequence.
Preclinical (Fall Semester)
HEPE 3702Health Education Theory and Methods 14
HEPE 3767Pedagogy in P-12 Health Education and Physical Education3
Preclinical 2 (Fall Semester)
HEPE 3715Teaching of Middle School Health Education 23
Preclinical 3 (Fall Semester)
HEPE 4808Standards Based Assessment in Health and Physical Education3
HEPE 3716Teaching of High School Health Education 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 Hours120-121

BCOE Notes:


  • It is highly recommended that all teacher candidates meet with an academic advisor every semester.
  • Freshmen, athletes, and students on warning and probation are required to meet with an advisor before registration.
  • At the completion of 30 SH any teacher candidate who: 1)was required to and has not passed PRAXIS Core Exam(s), or 2) holds a GPA of 2.25 or below will be referred to Central Advising for advising and career services.  If at a later date the teacher candidate passes all required parts of the Praxis Core Exam and attains a GPA of 2.25 or higher that student may return to BCOE for advising.

Important 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 teacher candidates are allowed to enroll in certain junior and senior level courses in BCOE.
  • Undetermined education majors must declare a major before applying for admission to a Teacher Education Program.
  • Admission to a Teacher Education Program is obtained upon satisfactory completion of the following requirements:

_____ Minimum completion of 50 SH

_____ 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, Math-22, AND/OR

_____ SAT scores of Reading-450, Writing-430, Math-520, AND/OR

_____ Praxis CORE scores, Reading-156, Writing-162, Math-150

(Attach a copy of your CORE scores to the application)

  • “B” average or better (A-C, B-B) for:

_____ ENGL 1550_____ ENGL 1551

If failure to meet “B” average above must also complete:

_____ ENGL 2601 grade of “B” or better.If you receive a “C” or below you will need to retake the course.

  • “B” average or better (B-B-B, A-B-C) across the following:

_____ EDFN 1501_____ CMST 1545

_____ SPED 2630 _____ HEPE 3702

If student does not have a “B” average, student will be required to retake one or more of these courses until the “B” average is achieved.

  • A grade of “C” or better is required in all required major courses.  Courses taken as “CR/NC” will not count towards the major
  • Professional education and block courses may only be repeated one time.
  • Minimum requirements for teaching licenses are determined by the Ohio Department of Education; if those requirements change, they become effective immediately at Youngstown State University. (YSU Undergraduate Catalog).

Upper-Division Application Process

  • Upper division application and forms must be printed from the BCOE website.
  • After completing a minimum of 50 SH, submit the following:
    • Upper Division application
    • Good Moral Character Statement
    • copy of BCI & FBI clearances
    • schedule an upper division interview with the BCOE Office of Student Services, room 2101, no later than:
  • Upper Division Application Deadline
    • September 1—to register for Upper Division Courses for Spring
    • February 1—to register for Upper Division courses for Summer & Fall
  • Each completed application is reviewed and approved by the Upper Division Admission and Retention Committee.  If all requirements are met, the teacher candidate may register for Upper Division courses for the following semester.  Upper Division courses are the courses designated with the “+” symbol.  Applications submitted after the deadline will not be processed until the end of the respective semester.

Program Notes:

  • If Math concentration is chosen, Math GER is not required. If Science concentration is chosen, Natural Science GER is fulfilled through subject area curriculum. If Language Arts concentration is chosen, Arts & Humanities GER is fulfilled through subject area curriculum. If Social Studies concentration is chosen, Social Sciences GER is fulfilled through subject area curriculum.
  • Candidates will not be permitted to take the following professional education courses more than twice:  EDFN 1501, EDFN 3708, PSYC 3709, SPED 2630, TERG 2601, 3701, 3702, 3703, 2610, 3711, TEMC 4802, SED 4800, ECIS 2629, ECIS 3700, all preclinical experience courses, student teaching, and student teaching seminar.
  • If the program is concerned regarding teacher candidate performance in the preclinical experience, as determined by CPAST criteria, the program coordinator may require the teacher candidate to complete an additional preclinical experience prior to the student teaching experience. 

Preclinical Application with Request for Graduation Evaluation

  • Preclinical application is completed on TaskStream. Directions are available on the BCOE website.
  • Preclinical application and graduation evaluation request must be submitted one year prior to the intended preclinical semester no later than:
    • September 1—for Fall preclinical
    • February 1—for Spring preclinical
  • Preclinical candidates are screened for eligibility based on GPA and course completion.

Student Teaching:

  • 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” (each computed individually),
    • 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.  Graduation evaluation must be completed in advance of application for graduation.

Completing a Bachelor of Science in Education without Licensure:

  • Teacher candidates who choose to graduate without licensure must apply for approval in the BCOE Office of Student Services.
  • Once approved, teacher candidates graduating without licensure must take TCED 4830 (3 SH) capstone in place of student teaching.
Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
TCED 1500 Introduction to Becoming a Teacher First Year Experience Course BCOE 3
ENGL 1550
Writing 1
or Writing 1 with Support
FNUT 1551 Normal Nutrition 3
CMST 1545 Communication Foundations 3
Natural Science GER 3
 Semester Hours15-16
ENGL 1551 Writing 2 3
EDFN 1501 Introduction to Education 3
PHLT 1568 Healthy Lifestyles 3
PSYC 1560 General Psychology 3
HEPE 2689 Scientific Basis of Fitness 3
 Semester Hours15
Year 2
PHLT 3791 Community Health 3
PSYC 2692 Human Sexuality 3
BIOL 1545
Allied Health Anatomy and Physiology
and Allied Health Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory
PHIL 2625 Introduction to Professional Ethics 3
HEPE 2628 Movement for Early Childhood 3
 Semester Hours17
HEPE 3768 Advocacy and Best Practices in Health and Physical Education 2
HEPE 3766 Principles and Analysis of Motor Development (This course is changing to 4 s.h. ) 3
Math Requirement 3
ECIS 2600 Educating the Whole Child 3
SOC 2690 Identities and Differences 3
KSS 1509 Meditation 1
 Semester Hours15
Year 3
PSYC 3709 Psychology of Education 3
SPED 2630 Individuals with Exceptionalities in Society 3
HEPE 3702 Health Education Theory and Methods 1 4
TERG 2610 Reading Application in Content Areas Middle Years 3
HEPE 3767 Pedagogy in P-12 Health Education and Physical Education 3
 Semester Hours16
EDFN 3708 Education and Society 3
PHLT 3757 Health and Disease 4
HEPE 3715 Teaching of Middle School Health Education 3
PSYC 3758 Lifespan Development 3
PHLT 3731 Drug Use and Abuse 3
 Semester Hours16
Year 4
HEPE 4899 Physiological Effects of Exercise on Children and Adolescents 3
HEPE 3716 Teaching of High School Health Education 2 3
HEPE 4889 Selected Topics in Health and Physical Education 2
HEPE 4808 Standards Based Assessment in Health and Physical Education 3
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 Hours120-121

1  Prerequisites for preclinical courses

2  Upper Division Courses

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.