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

  • Credits for Licensure: 38 (4 terms)
  • Credits: 33 (3 terms)
  • Degree:
    Master of Education
  • Program Approved:
    Massachusetts Dept. of Elementary & Secondary Education

Program Description

The Health /Family & Consumer Science initial licensure program prepares health educators to be proficient in the Massachusetts Professional Standards for Teachers, the National Health Education Standards, and the CAEP health education teacher education (HETE) standards. Program completers are career-ready, technologically savvy, exhibit inter-cultural competence and are equipped to advance social justice.

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

Learning Outcomes

Graduates demonstrate expertise in health education content, are 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. They exhibit confidence in their ability to teach comprehensive skills-based health education as a component of coordinated school health; identify student risk factors and help young people reduce those behaviors to improve their personal health and academic performance. They utilize inclusive practices to create a safe and collaborative learning environment that fosters positive socio-emotional development. They set high expectations for all students; implement well-structured lessons, with measurable assessments of learning; and engage in ongoing reflection on practice. They personalize their learning through an Independent Learning Project that enhances their preparedness as a professional educator.


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 seminar, candidates consider teaching as a field of professional study governed by ethical and professional standards. Candidates learn the pedagogical skills specific to skills-based health education, examine school-based issues and their impact on student learning, are introduced to lesson plan templates, essential questions, backwards design, and examine cooperative learning to promote socio-emotional learning and the creation of a community of learners. Assessments include identifying a topic and research question to frame the Independent Learning Project (ILP).
Professional Seminar II: Health/Family/Consumer Science (Initial)
EHE 692N 2 credit(s)
During the second seminar, candidates study the content and skill requirements specific to health education and level of licensure (all levels) and identify an expected level of instructional performance. Pedagogical practices include a demonstration of the knowledge and research-based instructional practices that correlate with student learning gains across the content areas and the instructional practices specific to skills-based health education. Assessments include an in-class lesson demonstration and the collection of data related to the Independent Learning Project (ILP).
Professional Seminar III: Health/Family/Consumer Science (Initial)
EHE 693N 2 credit(s)
During the third seminar, the candidate explores 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 discuss student awareness of health issues, strategies to engage parents and community, and how to collaborate to facilitate healthy, safe and supportive communities. Assessments include a completed ILP and power point.
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 professionally work in the field. The professional seminar provides support to the candidate's progress in research and writing. The final product is a completed research document reflecting a current topic in comprehensive health education. The assessment is the completed research document and a presentation to the class.
Health, Family & Consumer Sciences Courses
Principles of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention: Public Health Issues
EHE 610 3 credit(s)
Candidates acquire the knowledge and skill to teach children to develop and maintain healthy behaviors and identify public and community health agencies, resources and prevention practices youth need to protect themselves, their families, and communities from life-threatening and disabling conditions. Assessments include analysis of case studies, a literature review, health awareness campaign, public health unit, and a community service learning project. Course assessments are aligned with MA PSTs and SMKs.
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 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. Course assessments are aligned with MA PSTs and SMKs.
Growth & Development, Human Sexuality and Family Management Skills
EHE 630 3 credit(s)
Candidates learn how pre-natal development, infant and child care, parenting skills, consumer and environmental health issues affect adolescents and their families. Diversity in sexual orientation and gender identity are also examined. Demographic research, class discussions, activities, and development of a skills-based lesson prepare the candidate to teach age and culturally appropriate sexuality lessons that address reproductive health, family values, sexual orientation and gender identity. Course assessments are aligned with MA PSTs and SMKs. Prepracticum experience required.
Promoting Wellness: Building Positive Health Behavior
EHE 640 3 credit(s)
Candidates discover how nutrition, physical activity and fitness impact learning and prevent cardiovascular and pulmonary disease. The course identifies key nutrients, analyzes media messages, utilizes dietary and fitness guidelines, and designs strategies to develop and monitor progress in achieving personal goals for lifetime health behavior. Candidates conduct a mini-lesson, host a school-wide event, conduct a school health index, and build a skills-based unit. Course assessments are aligned with MA PSTs and SMKs.
Preventing Unintentional Injury & Violence
EHE 650 3 credit(s)
Candidates learn to teach the knowledge and skills necessary to help youth avoid injury and violence. Candidates examine research, behavioral surveys, resources for students affected by violence, science-based curricula, negotiation and mediation skills, bullying, sexual harassment and assault, domestic violence, homophobia and racism. Assessments include evaluating curriculum, making group presentations, presenting a mini-lesson, creating a resource book, and designing and implementing violence prevention curriculum. Course assessments are aligned with MA PSTs and SMKs. Pre-practicum experience required.
Teaching Skills for Risk Reduction and Positive Behavior Change
EHE 680 3 credit(s)
Candidates examine the factors that contribute to youth risk behaviors and positive behavior change. Using the state and national standards, candidates learn pedagogical strategies to reduce risk behaviors, increase protective factors, encourage positive behavior change, and promote the development of youth leadership and social responsibility. Assessments include the implementation of a mini-lesson and a community advocacy project.
Family and Interpersonal Health: Promoting Mental Health Through School-Based Intervention
EHE 660 3 credit(s)
Candidates learn to identify youth who need school-based intervention and how to refer to professional counseling, psychological and social services. Candidates investigate and assess student assistance models, access to mental health services,and practice strategies that assist youth to build resilience, communicate constructively with peers and families, manage stress, and seek help. Through case studies, candidates acquire the knowledge and skills to promote mental health. Course assessments are aligned with MA PSTs and SMKs. Pre-practicum experience required.
Improving School Health Through Coordination
EHE 670 3 credit(s)
The effectiveness of skills-based health education is increased when it is part of a coordinated approach where school staff, administration, family and the community cooperate, collaborate and coordinate to support the health of students, staff, and the school community. Candidates 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. Course assessments are aligned with MA PSTs and SMKs.
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.
  • Submit Practicum Application and Practicum Placement Approval Form.

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)
A supervised field experience of a minimum of 300 hours (150 elementary, 150 secondary) in which candidates demonstrate proficiency in meeting the Professional Standards for Teachers. The practicum must meet the hours and setting requirements for the license sought, under the guidance of a supervising practitioner with the appropriate license, which Cambridge College supervision. Assessment follows the Candidate Assessment of Performance (CAP) and assesses ability with respect to: well-structured lessons, high expectations, meeting diverse needs, adjustment to practice, safe learning environment, professional culture/reflective practice, as well as formative assessment, differentiation and providing academic feedback.
Practicum Seminar: Health/Family/Consumer Sciences
HEA 791 2 credit(s)
The seminar for classroom experience supports student growth as they assume the teaching role. It is the setting for students to interpret their field-based experiences and transform them into skills, knowledge constructs, attitudes and values. The seminar provides a cohort/support for students to address problems and find solutions, while utilizing current academic research and practices. They master understanding and practice of their state and national curriculum frameworks, develop the skills necessary for the teacher tests, and become familiar with recent developments in local, state and global health education issues. HEA 790 Practicum required concurrently.

Core Faculty

Senior Instructor



  • 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

  • Official transcript of earned bachelor's degree from regionally accredited institution of higher education.
  • Current resume
  • Personal statement
  • Two professional recommendations
  • Interview may be required

For licensure:

  • GPA of 3.0
  • MA educator documentation: MTEL Communications and Literacy Test, MEPID number

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

Health/Family & Consumer Science Program-Specific Requirements

Licensure and non-licensure candidates must document the successful completion of a course in anatomy and physiology. The program chair will provide a list of courses, locations, and course delivery systems upon request.

For more complete information, see School Requirements link below.

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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