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College of Education, Health and Human Services

School of Health Sciences

100 Nixson Hall
PH: 330-672-2197 | Fax: 330-672-2194


This major prepares individuals to teach health education in the schools. Students completing the program in a satisfactory manner are awarded multi-age licensure.  Students complete a variety of field experiences and a culminating student teaching experience. Kent State's School Health Education Program is known for producing teachers of the highest quality.

A combined health and physical education concentration in the school health education major is available to students who are seeking Ohio teacher licensure in both areas. The program is designed to be completed in five years and can allow students to satisfy up to 12 hours of program requirements with graduate courses.

Career Opportunities

School health educators work with groups of students with a range of abilities in preschool, elementary and secondary schools. In addition, they are professionally prepared to work in many community health agencies.

Admission Requirements

Students admitted to the College of Education, Health, and Human Services as freshmen must have been fully admitted to the university. Admission to the college does not guarantee admission to a major and/or admission to professional coursework for a selective admission program. To be admitted directly into a teacher education program and Community Health, it is required that new freshmen have a 2.75 high school GPA and 16 units of college preparatory curriculum or a 21 ACT or 980 SAT score. Students who do not meet the GPA requirements of their intended major may enroll as pre-majors for selected programs or EHHS General until which time they have the required 2.75 GPA.

Students are admitted to health and human services programs and educational studies using the university admission criteria (see the Entering the University section of this Catalog), with the exception of the sport administration program, which requires a 2.75 high school GPA for entering freshmen and a 21 ACT or 980 SAT score. Selective admission criteria are used in some programs in the college. Students who do not meet the GPA requirements of their intended major may enroll as pre-majors for selected programs or EHHS General until which time they have the required GPA. Students desiring to major in human development and family studies or speech pathology and audiology are admitted as pre-majors and later are accepted into the appropriate program only after specific requirements have been met. It is imperative that the student contact the individual school for detailed information.

Students are accepted into a teacher licensure program by transfer if they have achieved a minimum 2.750 GPA in previous college coursework. They must meet with an academic advisor in 304 White Hall as soon as possible to review specific requirements for admission to advanced study.

Graduation Requirements

Minimum 121 credit hours. Minimum 2.750 cumulative and major GPA. Student in the Health Physical Education concentration must provide evidence of certification in First Aid, CPR and minimum equivalence to level 5 competency in Red Cross Swimming.

Licensure Requirement (not required for graduation):
Candidates seeking Ohio licensure are required to pass specific assessments in order to apply for licensure. See Ohio Department of Education-Educator Preparation website for more information on assessments specific to licensure type. Taking and passing the licensure tests prior to graduation is encouraged but not required.

Study Abroad/Away Opportunities

There are many study abroad/away opportunities, for more information contact the Office of Global Education.

Program Fee


Student Organizations

Eta Sigma Gamma (student honorary organization)