Make a Difference.

Health teachers work with students K-12 to not only prevent illness — but to improve personal wellness.


As a health teacher, you’ll provide health instruction for students in kindergarten through grade 12. The primary goal of a health educator is illness prevention and motivating students to be healthy. Our School Health Education master’s degree program will allow you to actively improve your own health as you educate and motivate students to do the same.


Small class sizes allow for personal attention and support. Faculty are experts who work in the field, coming from area public schools and community health agencies as well as the Esteves School of Education.

Program Distinctions

The School Health Education master’s degree program is the only program of its kind within a 120 mile radius of Russell Sage College’s campuses in Albany and Troy — giving you a unique opportunity you won’t find just anywhere. Russell Sage College’s 4+1 program also allows graduates from the Physical Education undergraduate program to enroll in this master’s program and complete it in just one year.

This program is accredited by the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP), which means that graduates of the program are recognized as having completed an education program that meets the highest standards in the field.

“When a student comes to us, we get them through, they have success and then we help them get a teaching position.”

John Pelizza, Dean, Esteves School of Education and School of Management

Spotlights Pattern

Your Future

After you finish the School Health Education master’s degree, you can go on to work as a school health teacher. Graduates have also pursued careers in other areas, including hospital wellness centers.

Student Teaching

You’ll participate in two seven-week long student-teaching experiences as part of this program, allowing you to gain extensive, hands-on experience.

There is also a seven-week, 50-hour student-teaching experience for students who are already initially certified. Students who take this program are seeking an additional teaching certification in school health education.


Graduates work as health teachers K-12 at a variety of schools. They also work in hospital wellness centers, providing prevention health education programs.

Learning Experience

Learn in a hybrid format for this program, with classes available evenings, weekends and online. Learn, experience and enjoy 100 field work hours in school settings with certified health educators. Our faculty work incredibly hard to make sure your education is customized to help you achieve your goals.

Course Objectives

In this program, you’ll learn:

  • how to plan and implement effective health education lesson plans for the classroom and online
  • how to deliver dynamic presentations in schools and community settings
  • about issues that impact our health and well-being
  • how to change health behaviors in a positive direction
  • how to make stress an ally in your personal and professional life

Application Requirements

  • official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended
  • one letter of recommendation
  • 1-2 page career goals essay
  • GRE is not requiredT

Deadline: Rolling admission
Start date: Fall, Spring, Summer semester

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Office Coordinator: Esteves School of Education, Administrative Assistant: Professional Education Programs, and Teacher Certification Officer
Dean, Esteves School of Education & School of Management