Health Education - Coastal Carolina University
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The Teacher Certification Add-on is specifically designed for those teaching in South Carolina Schools. The Health Education Teacher Certification Add-on is specifically for teachers wishing to add a Health Education component their existing teaching certification. For information regarding adding certificate areas, please click here

To initiate an add-on request please complete and submit a Request for Change/Action form to the office of Educator Services. For more information regarding requirements to add on the Health Education certification, please review page 5 of the Certification Guidelines and contact the Office of Educator Services.

Address: Office of Educator Services, 8301 Parklane Rd., Columbia, SC 29223
Phone: 803-896-0325
Fax: 803-896-0368
Email for transcripts:

General Information from the South Carolina Department of Education

Individuals who desire to add areas of certification to an existing educator certificate must complete a State Board of Education-approved program and present a passing score on the appropriate content-area examination(s) in the specific subject field, or complete the following certification add-on requirements specified by the Board (based on the June 2015 amendments).

  1. Bachelor's degree or higher;
  2. Initial or professional certificate at the early childhood, elementary, middle, secondary or pre K-12 level;
  3. Minimum qualifying score(s) on the content area examination(s) required by the State Board of Education for the content area; and
  4. Completion of all required coursework with an equivalent of a grade of “C” or better.

General Information About the Course Offered at Coastal Carolina University

The Department of Health Sciences has the classes required to complete the Health Education Teacher Certification Add-on. The majority of classes are offered in a distance-learning format. Classes offered vary by semester. When you are ready to take classes, please contact the Admissions Office at Coastal Carolina University at 800-277-7000 or and apply as a Non-degree seeking student.

For more information about the Health Education Teacher Certification Add-on at Coastal Carolina University, please contact:

John F. Yannessa, Ph.D.
Professor, Department Chair
136 Swain Hall 
843-349-5053 (fax)

Required Courses and Semester Hours

12 semester hours of general education/basic science requirements of bachelor's degree program

Course Content Requirements for Health Education Add-on (Course offered at CCU – hours)

Semester Hours

Required Courses


  • Human Anatomy & Physiology  (BIOL 232 & Lab Anatomy & Physiology I not offered online) (this is in addition to the 12 semester hours of basic science requirements)


  • School Health Program (PUBH 331 Health Education for Primary and Elementary School)


  • Emergency Preparedness and First Aid (Not offered so find option at

2 – 3

Additional courses selected from a minimum of three additional areas listed below for an overall total of twenty-four (24) semester hours


  • Environmental Health  (PUBH 333 Environmental Health – 3 hours)


  • Foods and Nutrition Education (PUBH 304 Nutrition – 3 hours)


  • Contemporary Health Problems (PUBH 121 Personal and Community Health – 3 hours)


  • Drug Education and Drug-Taking Behaviors (PUBH 340 Drugs and Society – 3 hours)


  • Family Living and Sex Education (Issues in Family Life and Sexuality – 3 hours)


  • Consumer Health Education (PUBH 347 Consumer Health Education – 3 hours)


  • Chronic and Communicable Disease (PUBH 382 Concepts of Disease – 3 hours)


  • Community and Public Health Practices (not offered)


  • Mental Health (not offered)


  • Valuing and Decision Making in Health Education (not offered)