Health/Family & Consumer Sciences (All levels, initial licensure)

  • Credits for Licensure: 38
  • Credits: 33
  • Degree:
    Master of Education
  • Program Approved:
    Massachusetts Dept. of Elementary & Secondary Education

Program Description

The Health/Family & Consumer Sciences initial licensure program prepares health educators to be proficient in the Massachusetts Professional Standards for Teachers, the National Health Education Standards, and the American Association of Health Education/National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education standards. 

Please note: At Cambridge College locations outside of Massachusetts, this program is currently non-licensure only.

Learning Outcomes

Our graduates are experts in health education content, able to conduct a needs assessment, plan and implement curriculum, assess student learning, coordinate school health, advocate for health education, and serve as a resource to the school, students and their families, and the community. Our students graduate with confidence in their ability to teach comprehensive skills-based health education as a component of coordinated school health. They know how to identify student risk factors and help young people reduce their risky behavior and improve their personal health and academic performance.


Graduates teach (PreK-12) and work as health educators in many settings: local health departments, hospitals and clinics, business and industry. In colleges, they also teach courses and conduct research.


For more information, please contact Admissions at 1-800-829-4723.


Please note: At Cambridge College locations outside of Massachusetts, this program is currently non-licensure only.

Professional Seminar and Project
Professional Seminar I: Health/Family/Consumer Science (Initial)
EHE 691N 2 credit(s)
During the first term of the professional seminar, the teacher candidate develops insight into the role of the health educator and acquires the skills needed to become a lifelong learner and health literate teacher. Course content addresses the importance of academic excellence in health education, the unique challenges and issues in school health education, professional development, and networking. The participants generate the content, class discussion, and problem-solving regarding teaching skills-based health education.
Professional Seminar II: Health/Family/Consumer Science (Initial)
EHE 692N 2 credit(s)
During the second term of the professional seminar, students, through case studies and class discussions, learn to develop and implement school health policies and procedures that impact the health status of students and classroom health education programs. The case study method results in an objective view of problematic issues and suggestions for new approaches and solutions. The group continues to network, discuss and problem-solve local, state, national and global current health issues that affect school health policies.
Professional Seminar III: Health/Family/Consumer Science (Initial)
EHE 693N 2 credit(s)
In the third term, instruction focuses on school, community, and public health. The candidate learns about the influence of social factors on health, the contribution of public health, the role of promoting health education locally, in the state and in the country, service on advisory committees, and membership in professional organizations. Candidates explore strategies to encourage students to promote the health of self and others in their schools, families and communities.
Independent Learning Project: Health/Family/Consumer Science
EHE 800 3 credit(s)
The candidate defines a problem in health education, establishes a problem statement, and researches a solution. In this marriage of theory and practice, the candidate demonstrates the ability to apply learning to professional work in the field. The professional seminar provides support to the candidate’s progress in research and writing. In the professional licensure program, this course is aligned with portions of the Content Knowledge and other components of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.
Health, Family & Consumer Sciences Courses
Princ Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Public Health Issues
EHE 610 3 credit(s)
Many common, communicable, and chronic diseases may be avoided through prevention. Teacher candidates learn the knowledge and skill required to teach children how to develop and maintain healthy practices and behaviors and avoid diseases and subsequent disabilities. Working with public and community health agencies, candidates identify the personal prevention practices children and adolescents need to protect themselves, their families, and communities from life-threatening and disabling conditions. 10 hours of pre-practicum field experience required.
Curriculum Implementation in the Health Classroom
EHE 620 3 credit(s)
Implementing skills-based health education in the health classroom provides teacher candidates with the knowledge and skill to design and implement skills-based health education based on state and national standards. Candidates learn to access and analyze youth risk behavior data, use backwards design, infuse performance indicators, and plan assessment and instruction, including a skills-based unit and lesson plans. This pedagogy helps students in the school and community develop and maintain healthy behaviors. 10 hours of Pre-practicum field experience is required. 10 hours of pre-practicum field experience required.
Growth & Dev., Human Sexuality and Family Management Skills
EHE 630 3 credit(s)
The teacher candidate learns how pre-natal development, infant and child care, parenting skills, consumer and environmental health issues affect developing adolescents and their families. The candidate learns to teach skills and age and culturally appropriate information about growth and development, the reproductive system, human sexuality, maintenance of reproductive health, knowledge of and skills to prevent sexually-transmitted diseases, early sexual experimentation, and unintended pregnancy. Diversity in sexual orientation and gender identity are also examined and discussed. 10 hours of pre-practicum field experience required.
Promoting Wellness: Building Positive Health Behavior
EHE 640 3 credit(s)
How do good nutrition, increased physical activity and the prevention of tobacco use affect lifetime health? In this course, teacher candidates learn how improved nutrition, levels of physical activity, and total body fitness impact learning and prevent cardiovascular and pulmonary disease in later years. The course includes identifying key nutrients, analyzing media messages, utilizing dietary and fitness guidelines and designing strategies to develop and monitor progress in achieving personal goals for lifetime health behavior. 10 hours of pre-practicum field experience required.
Preventing Unintentional Injury & Violence
EHE 650 3 credit(s)
Accidents are a major source of death or disability for youth. The teacher candidate learns how to teach the knowledge and skills necessary to help youth avoid injury at home, in the school, neighborhood, and larger community. The course focuses on interpersonal and institutional violence prevention. Candidates examine youth violence research, behavioral surveys, resources for students affected by violence, science-based curricula, negotiation and mediation skills, bullying, sexual harassment, domestic violence, sexual assault, homophobia and racism. 10 hours of pre-practicum field experience required.
Teaching Skills for Risk Reduction and Positive Behavior Change
EHE 680 3 credit(s)
In order to reduce adolescent risk factors, the teacher candidate understands the factors that contribute to the behavior then strategizes to increase protective factors such as functional health knowledge and skill. This course trains the teacher candidate to use the state and National Health Education Standards to reduce risk and increase positive behavior change. The candidate also reviews research and practice about the development of youth leadership, social responsibility, and community service. 10 hours of pre-practicum field experience required.
Family Interpersonal Health: Promo Mental Health School Based Interven
EHE 660 3 credit(s)
A growing number of young people are experiencing mental and emotional problems which interfere with academic success. The teacher candidate learns to identify youth needing a school based intervention and how to refer to professional counseling, psychological and social services. The candidate investigates and assesses student assistance models and access to community mental health services as well as practicing strategies that assist youth to build resilience, communicate constructively with peers and families, manage stress, and seek help. 10 hours of pre-practicum field experience required.
Improving School Health Through Coordination
EHE 670 3 credit(s)
The effectiveness of comprehensive skills-based health education is increased when it is a part of a coordinated approach where school staff, administration, family and the community cooperate, collaborate and coordinate efforts to support the health of students, staff, and the school community. In this course, the teacher candidate learns how to build and implement a coordinated school health program by using data, information technology, research, and collaboration while recognizing the unique academic, cultural and language needs of students. Five hours of pre-practicum field experience required.
Practicum (licensure students only)

Practicum Prerequisites:

  • Pass all teacher tests required by the state for this license. Massachusetts: Communication & Literacy and Health Education (MTEL).
  • Completed course in anatomy and physiology.
  • Pre-Practicum — 75 hours in diverse settings (0 credit).
  • Pass all required courses.

The practicum is guided and evaluated by a licensed/certified educator in the classroom and a Cambridge College supervisor. Practicum locations are subject to MA DESE regulations and must be approved by the program chair. Students are responsible for discussing options for practicum with the program chair.

Practicum: HFCS (300 hours: 150 elementary & 150 secondary)
HEA 790 3 credit(s)
The practicum experience, supervised by Cambridge College, is in compliance with the ESSE Candidate Assessment of Performance guidelines and occurs during the spring and fall semesters at the level of the license being sought, All. The program supervisor and the supervising practitioner collaborate to help the candidate complete the minimum 300 hours (150 elementary; 150 secondary) at the practicum site. The practicum student is supported by the Practicum Seminar, HEA 791, taken concurrently with this course.
Practicum Seminar: Health/Family/Consumer Sciences
HEA 791 2 credit(s)
The practicum seminar, taken concurrently with practicum, supports the teacher candidate assuming the teaching role during practicum. The seminar provides backing for the teacher candidate during practicum and, through collaboration with peers and the practicum seminar instructor, finds solutions to pedagogical questions while utilizing current academic research and practices. Candidates discuss the implementation of state and national standards and become familiar with recent developments in local, state and global health education issues.


  • Admission Test:

    No standardized graduate school tests required for admission into non-licensure programs.

  • Admissions Office:
  • Application Form:
  • Application Fee:
    $50, nonrefundable ($100 for international students; $100 for EdD)

Program Requirements

Licensure Programs

  • MTEL Communications and Literacy Test
  • GPA of 3.0
  • Program Chair consultation and approval

Students may enter the College without having met the MTEL and GPA requirements. Enroll in the non-licensure program aligned with the licensure desired. When the MTEL test is pased and a GPA of 3.0 earned, seek approval to transfer into the licensure program.

Learn more about School of Education and licensure program admission requirements.

Health/Family & Consumer Science Specific Requirements

Applicants are required to have a Bachelor’s degree with competencies in relevant content areas totalling 24 credit hours (including Anatomy and Physiology), such as: Personal Health and Wellness, Child and Adolescent Growth and Development, Psychology, Drug Abuse Prevention, Nutrition, Human Sexuality. 

If content area coursework (other than Anatomy and Physiology) are not completed at the time of admission, students may complete them concurrently.

School Requirements

See Admissions Requirements for School of Education


State Health Requirements

The Massachusetts Health Department and Cambridge College require the following of students in Massachusetts:

Immunizations – All students in Massachusetts are required to get certain immunizations before you can register for your first term. See form 

Health Insurance – In Massachusetts, undergraduate students taking nine or more credits/term and graduate students taking six or more credits/term must enroll in the College’s health insurance plan. Students who have insurance with comparable coverage may request a waiver. See information and enroll or waive.

International Students 

International students are accepted at Massachusetts location only, and need to provide supplemental documentation:

  • Official demonstration of English language proficiency
  • Supplemental documentation for issuance of I-20
  • International transcripts, evaluated by an accepted evaluation service

Transfer Credit

Graduate program applicants, please complete the transfer credit request form if you wish to have prior course work evaluated for transfer. Learn more.

Undergraduate program applicants, once you are accepted, your official transcripts are evaluated for transfer credit.



  • Credits for Licensure:
  • Credits:
  • Cost per credit hour:
  • Application Fee:
    $50, nonrefundable ($100 for international students; $100 for EdD)
  • Health Insurance Fee:
    $2,938 - Required for Massachusetts students only. See waiver details on Tuition & Fees page.

Note: Rates are as of September 2017, and are subject to change without notice. Rates apply to all students, unless otherwise noted.

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