Health Education

Degrees Granted
Advanced Certificate, MA
Degree Levels
Graduate, Graduate Certificate
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Prepare for a rewarding teaching career inspiring young people to understand wellness and make healthy choices.

Why Earn a Master’s Degree in Health Education?

A master’s in health education will prepare you to teach pre-K to 12 health education in schools. You’ll learn how to promote and maintain healthy lifestyles through skills-based learning strategies, relevant and developmentally appropriate assessment design and understanding individual learning styles.

Why Earn Your Master’s in Health Education at Adelphi University in New York?

  • Receive personalized attention in small class sizes that enable our students to work closely with their professors.
  • Build community connections in our strong network of area school districts and educators in the area and gain valuable teaching experience through school placements.
  • Advance your career on a timeline that works for you, with the option of evening classes and part-time enrollment.

What Can You Do With a Master’s Degree in Health Education From Adelphi University?

A master’s degree in health education will prepare you to promote well-being and healthy lifestyles in others. Learn more at Career Paths.

90%* * based on Adelphi University Career Outcomes Survey: Class of 2022
of our master’s graduates say that Adelphi University increased their understanding of the roles and responsibilities of professionals in their field
based on Adelphi University Career Outcomes Survey: Class of 2022

The MA in Health Education at Adelphi has been nothing short of the ideal education experience. I would describe it as individualized, student-centered and filled with passionate educators guiding future educators to success.

Stephanie Visek In her second year in the MA in Health Education program

Degree Options and Certification

We offer four degree options to meet the needs of incoming students:

Master's Degree in Health Education (Professional)

Designed for students who already hold a valid NYS initial/provisional teacher certification in health education and obtain professional certification after completion.

Master's Degree in Health Education (In-Service)

Designed for students who already have initial teacher certification in an area other than health education.

Master's in Health Education: Graduate Alternative Teacher Education (GATE)

Designed for students without prior teacher certification.

Advanced Certificate in School Health Education

Offers students with a master’s degree in another area an alternative route to NYS Certification in Health Education.


Successful graduates of the health education master’s program are eligible for NYS Teacher Certification in Health Education. NYS Department of Education requires all graduates to sit for the Content Specialty Test in Health Education. Some coursework may count toward additional areas of teacher certification.

Exceptional Hands-On Learning

At Adelphi, we believe classroom teaching experience is critical for our student’s development. You will have the opportunity to work directly with other educators and young people during your fieldwork internship course. Our students have worked in many school districts, including:

Program Info

Application Requirements

Applicants should have an undergraduate background in health or health-related areas. Applicants with degrees in other areas may be required to complete additional coursework, such as human biology (anatomy and physiology), health-related courses and education courses.

Applicants should submit the following:

  • Graduate application and $60 fee
  • Online survey completed by two recommenders
  • Personal essay
  • All previous college/university transcripts with a record of bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year institution
  • Résumé (preferred)

Additional Requirements

Applicants interested in the advanced certificate program should submit the following:

  • Final transcript documenting a master’s degree from an accredited four-year institution

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