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Health/Social Emotional Education for School and Community Certificate

  • Credits:
  • Degree:
    Graduate Certificate

Program Description

Learn to effectively teach skills-based health education grounded in state and national standards. This program combines public health and social emotional education to provide advanced training for school and community educators. Course assessments are aligned with Massachusetts performance indicators and the National Health Education Standards.

What Is Health Education and Social and Emotional Learning?

Health education encompasses a broad range of programs and learning experiences designed to improve the health of individuals and communities. Health education specialists work in schools, community organizations, government agencies, health care facilities, and businesses.

Social and emotional learning (SEL) is concerned with the skills, attitudes, and behaviors that contribute to a student’s overall wellbeing. Examples include managing emotions in a healthy way, responsible decision making, and conflict resolution.

Who Is the Health/Social Emotional Education for School and Community Certificate Designed For?

This certificate is for physical educators, community and public health educators, and wellness and fitness center employees who want current knowledge of health and how to teach it effectively. 

Cambridge College Health Education Program Highlights

Take the next step in your education and career. If you’re interested in a career as a public health educator, this certificate program offers a convenient and affordable option designed to fit your busy schedule.

  • Flexible class options. Balance work, family, and education with the help of flexible course schedules designed for working professionals that include day, evening, weekend, and online class availability.
  • Experienced faculty. Work closely with health education specialists who bring extensive research and real-world experience to the classroom.
  • Exceptional value. Save on tuition at Cambridge College—one of the most affordable four-year private nonprofit colleges in the United States.
  • Diverse students. Work with other adult learners from all over the world at one of the most ethnically diverse colleges in the nation.
  • Convenient location. Save time and money getting to school. All our campuses are close to public transportation and/or offer free parking for students throughout the year.

Health educators rank #6 in U.S. News and World Report’s list of Best Education Jobs, based on data about salary, unemployment rate, and stress.

Health Education Certificate Learning Outcomes

This program provides the skills and training to implement health and SEL education based on Massachusetts performance indicators and the National Health Education Standards. You’ll learn how human growth and development, social-emotional learning, and sexual health affect adolescents and their families. You’ll also learn about diversity in sexual orientation and gender identity.

Jobs in Health Education and Public Health

These are just a few examples of potential career pathways for certified health education specialists:

  • Community Health Educator
  • School Health Educator
  • Youth Outreach Coordinator
  • Health Counselor
  • Health Coach
  • Corporate Trainer
  • Health Program Analyst
  • Health and Wellness Coordinator

Health Education Salary

According to recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual wage for health educators in the United States is $59,010. Health educator salaries will vary based on your experience, where you live, and the type of setting in which you work.

Example Health Education Certificate Courses

In addition to two required courses, the health education certificate features a variety of elective course options that are 

selected from the initial licensure courses of the Skills-Based Health/Social Emotional Learning master’s program, such as:

  • Promoting Wellness: Building Positive Health/Social Emotional Behavior
  • Preventing Unintentional Injury and Violence
  • Promoting Mental/SEL Health Through School-Based Intervention

Download the Health/Social Emotional Education for School and Community program sheet.



Related Programs at Cambridge College

If you’re still exploring degree options, you might be interested in learning more about these programs at Cambridge College:


Health Education Required Courses
Implementing Curriculum in the Health/SEL Classroom
EHE 622 3 credit(s)

Students learn the knowledge and skill to design and implement skills-based health/SEL education based on state and national standards as well as CASEL competencies. Activities include accessing and analyzing youth risk behavior data, using backward design, infusing performance indicators, and planning assessment and instruction. Assessments include classwork, data analysis, backwards design activities, chapter worksheets, and a pre-practicum mini-lesson. The key assessment is a skills-based health/SEL unit and lesson plans.

Teaching About Human Sexuality
EHE 632

Learn how human growth and development, social emotional health, and sexual health affect adolescents and their families. Students learn age and developmentally appropriate, medically accurate, culturally relevant, and inclusive pedagogical practices. Assessments include demographic research, class discussions, activities, and a pre-practicum mini-lesson. The key assessment is a skills-based unit.

Health Education Electives

Choose two courses.

Principles of Health/Social Emotional Promotion and Public Health Issues
EHE 613 3 credit(s)

The course highlights the collaboration between school health and public health. Acquire the knowledge and health/social-emotional skills to teach children to develop and maintain healthy behaviors, to identify public and community health agencies, access resources, and identify prevention practices youth need to protect themselves, their families, and communities from life-threatening and disabling conditions. Assessments include case studies, discussion questions, and a literature review. The key assessment is an advocacy project.

Promoting Wellness: Building Positive Health/Social Emotional Behavior
EHE 642 3 credit(s)

Promoting wellness weaves together the CDC content areas and risk behaviors, national and state standards, SEL competencies, brain research, and the transfer of effective teaching practices to the classroom. Students examine the components of wellness and design strategies to help K-12 students build positive health behaviors that impact their health and lifelong wellness. Assessments include classwork, wellness policy analysis, a pre-practicum mini-lesson, and a reflection. The key assessment is a school health wellness project.

Preventing Unintentional Injury and Violence
EHE 652 3 credit(s)

Focus on interpersonal and institutional violence prevention for youth by learning how to teach the knowledge and skills necessary to help young people avoid injury at home, in school, and in the community. Assessments include classwork, youth violence research, curriculum evaluation, identification of school and community resources, a pre-practicum mini-lesson, and a reflection. The key assessment is a five-lesson violence prevention unit.

Promoting Mental/SEL Health Through School-Based Intervention
EHE 662 3 credit(s)

Learn to identify youth who need intervention and how to refer them to professional counseling, psychological, and social services. Investigate and assess student assistance models, access to mental social-emotional health services, and practice strategies that assist youth to build resilience, communicate constructively with peers and families, manage stress, and seek help. Assessments include class activities, case studies, a pre-practicum mini-lesson, and a reflection. The key assessment is an intervention and referral plan.

Improving School Health/SEL Through Coordination
EHE 672 3 credit(s)

The effectiveness of skills-based health/SEL increases when staff, administration, family, and the community cooperate, collaborate, and coordinate. Examine the CDC Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child model, and the School Health Index to identify best practices to improve services to youth, including the delivery of health curriculum. Assessments include discussion forums, a WSCC summary paper, data analysis, and a School Health Index analysis. The key assessment is an Integration Project.

Health/SEL Skills for Risk Reduction and Positive Behavior Change
EHE 682 3 credit(s)

Learn the pedagogical strategies to reduce youth risk behaviors and increase protective factors and social-emotional competencies. Learn strategies to help K-12 students cope with trauma-informed environments and achieve positive behaviors. Assessments include discussion forums, a literature review, an analysis of YRBS data, a reducing risk factors chart, risk behavior presentation, coping with a trauma-informed environment, a community outreach presentation, and a pre-practicum mini-lesson. The key assessment is a skills-based health/SEL unit.

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 ($100 for international students)

Health Requirements for Massachusetts Students 

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.


School Requirements

International Students 

International students 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 

Please complete the transfer credit request form if you wish to have prior course work evaluated for transfer. Learn more about transferring credits.



  • Credits:
  • Application Fee:
    $50 ($100 for international students)
  • Health Insurance Fee:
    $3,940 - Required for Massachusetts students only. See waiver details on Tuition & Fees page.)
  • Internship/Practicum Fee:

Note: Rates are as of July, 2022, and are subject to change without notice. Rates apply to all students, unless otherwise noted.

Financial Aid

Cambridge College offers financial aid to students in our degree programs who are enrolled at least half time. Undergraduate students must be enrolled in at least 6 credits each term. Graduate and doctoral students must be enrolled in at least 4 credits each term. Learn more

Grants, Scholarships and Loans

Cambridge College welcomes the opportunity to support your efforts to pay for college.  Federal, state and local resources in the form of grants, scholarships, loans and work-study, including Cambridge College Scholarships, are available to help defray the cost of tuition. Learn more

Getting Your Company to Help

Many companies have tuition assistance programs, designed to help their employees with their professional development. Learn more

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