Health Education Option, Liberal Arts 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. 

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Program Roadmap

Contact the Advisor

Carl Kleinschmidt
Coordinator, Aquatics & Wellness


Who is eligible for the health education Option, Liberal Arts A.A. program?

If you are a high school graduate, you can apply to this program.

If you have earned credits from a regionally accredited college or university, you may have a head start at Gulf Coast State College.  


  • You'll get a great education with one of the lowest tuition rates in the state.
  • With small class sizes and professors who care, you'll get the personal attention you deserve.
  • More than 90% of our graduates would recommend Gulf Coast State College to others.

How do I apply to the health education Option, Liberal Arts A.A. program?

To apply, you’ll need to complete the Apply now  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.


Check out the class registration dates and plan your schedule today.

How do I apply for financial aid and 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.

2022-2023 Catalog Requirements

Communications Area CH
•+*ENC1101, English I 3
+*ENC1102, English II 3
Humanities Area
Visual and Performing Arts See General Education Requirement 3
Philosophy/Religion See General Education Requirement 3
Literature See General Education Requirement 3
Mathematics Area
See General Education Requirement 6
Natural Sciences Area
Physical Science See General Education Requirement 3
Biological Science •+ BSC2085, Anatomy and Physiology I 3
Social Sciences Area
Behavioral Sciences See General Education Requirement 3
History See General Education Requirement 3
Government See General Education Requirement 3
Additional Common Prerequisites
EDF1005, Introduction to the Teaching Profession 3
EDF2085, Introduction to Diversity for Educators 3
EME2040, Introduction to Technology for Educators 3
HSC2100, Personal and Community Health 3
HUN1201, Principles of Nutrition 3
BSC2085L, Anatomy and Physiology Lab 1
Electives 8



Students should coordinate with their advisor to determine which electives will transfer to the four year institution of their choice. Also, students should fulfill the foreign language requirements, if necessary.

Recommended elective:

DEP2001, Infant and Child Psychology, 3 crs.

• General Education Core. Students must complete at least one identified core course in each area of study—Communications, Humanities, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences—as part of the general education course requirements.

+ Prerequisites and/or corequisites required. See course descriptions.

* Minimum grade of "C" required.

@ Civic Literacy.


Department Chair

Mike Kandler
Wellness and Athletics
850-769-1551 extension 3830