School Health Education

The Master of Science (M.S.) program in School Health Education is designed to prepare health teachers for initial or professional certification in accordance with New York State Education Department regulations. This master's degree prepares health educators for certification across grade levels K - 12.

Admission Requirements

Applicants for admission to the School Health Education program must meet the general admission requirements for Sage Graduate School and must also meet the following specific requirements. 

  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Complete the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) with the following minimum scores:
    • GRE Minimum Scores: Verbal Reasoning - 145, Quantitative Reasoning - 145, Analytical Writing - 3.5
    • MAT Minimum Score: – 350
  • Applicants may or may not have Initial Certification through the NYS Office of Teaching Initiatives www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/    If accepted into the program without Initial Certification, candidate must use the 36 credit Program of Study.
  • Exemption:
    • Pursuant to the law, each program is entitled to exempt a student from these admission requirements based on the exempted student’s demonstrated potential to positively contribute to the teaching profession.

National Accreditation Advantage

Sage's Esteves School of Education received accreditation from the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) in October 2001. NCATE accreditation means that graduates are recognized as having completed an Education program that meets the highest standards in the field. Sage graduates should note the NCATE accreditation on their resumes and be prepared to talk about its significance.

  • Sage is one of only 45 colleges and universities in New York State to receive prestigious NCATE accreditation. Across the nation, relatively few private colleges can claim this level of excellence in teach education programs.
  • The NCATE accreditation process helped articulate what qualities a Sage educator, counselor, or leader possesses: belief in full inclusion, valuing diversity, reflection, and knowledge about best practices. NCATE accreditation is a mark of assurance that teachers, counselors, and leaders educated at Sage are competent, caring, and highly qualified.
  • NCATE accreditation means that Sage graduates are better prepared to help their students reach high standards.
  • Graduates of NCATE accredited programs can more easily receive certification and teaching jobs in other states; NCATE is recognized throughout the nation.