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Academic CredentialAssociate in Arts (AA)
Total Credit Hours60
Average Time to Complete2 yrs.
Academic PathwaySocial, Behavioral, Education
AdvisorJohn Phillips, PhD
850.769.1551 ext. 2827

Senior Administrative AssistantMs. Jody Walton
210 Social Sciences Building

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Health Education, A.A.

Do you Want to Teach and Promote Positive Health?

If you like helping others and want to share the importance of health through education, a career in health education may be what you're looking for. As a health educator you can work in a variety of health related fields such as health management, counseling, nutrition and community health. 

Obtaining a four-year degree will lead to certification in teaching health education, and Gulf Coast State College is here to help you build a solid foundation that will prepare you to continue your studies by offering the necessary prerequisites for the state of Florida university baccalaureate programs. You are encouraged to be familiar with the admissions requirements at the university you plan to attend as they may have additional requirements for admission to a teacher‐preparatory program.

The state of Florida requires a thorough background check by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement prior to students entering the classroom for observations. The College requires the submission of written verification of approved and completed background checks before students may complete on‐site course requirements. 

Health Education Course Requirements

ENC1101, English I
ENC1102, English   II
Visual & Performing Arts
Select One:
MAC1105, College Algebra 
MAC2311, Calculus with Analytical Geometry I 
MGF1106, Mathematics for Liberal Arts 
MGF1107, Survey of Mathematics 
STA2023, Statistics 
Physical Science
 BSC2085, Anatomy and Physiology I
Behavioral Sciences

EDF1005, Introduction to the Teaching Profession
EDF2085, Introduction to Diversity for Educators
EME2040, Introduction to Technology for Educators
HSC2100, Personal and Community Health
HUN1201, Principles of Nutrition
BSC2085L, Anatomy and Physiology Lab

Select 8 hours


Recommended Elective

DEP2001, Infant and Child Psychology

What can you do with Health Education?

In this field, people find careers as:

Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education
Health Education Specialists
Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education

Gulf Coast alumni of this program have continued their education at:

University of West Florida
University of Florida
Florida State University

Are you Ready to Get Started?

Apply to GCSC

Visit the Gulf Coast admissions page to learn more about the application process.

Consult the Gulf Coast State College Catalog for specific program and course information.


Apply for Financial Aid & Scholarships

There are many options available to help you pay for college. Find out more about  scholarships and financial aid at Gulf Coast State College.


Register for Classes

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Gulf Coast State College does not discriminate against any person in its programs, activities, policies or procedures on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, national origin, marital status, religion, age, gender, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. All questions or inquiries regarding compliance with laws relating to non-discrimination and all complaints regarding sexual misconduct or discrimination, may be directed to Lee Wood, Executive Director, Human Resources/Title II/504/Title IX Coordinator and Employment Equity Officer, Gulf Coast State College, 5230 W. US Highway 98, Panama City, FL 32401.