Bachelor of Arts in Health Sciences with an Inspired Teaching and Learning Preliminary Single Subject Credential (California)

The Bachelor of Arts in Health Sciences with a California Inspired Teaching in Learning Preliminary Single Subject Credential provides a broad-based foundation in the liberal arts and sciences and a fundamental knowledge of health education and prepares a candidate for a career as a teacher in the middle and secondary school levels. The students are required to think critically, write clearly, and speak articulately. This program prepares teacher candidates with the knowledge, skills and dispositions required for entry into California’s teaching profession as a health science teacher. It is designed for teacher candidates who will be dedicated to inspiring all PK12 learners by ensuring for them: social-emotional thriving, meaningful academic achievement, and equitable and inclusive learning communities. The program and courses meet the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) requirements for a Preliminary Single Subjects Teaching Credential.

*Please Note: To avoid interruptions to program progress and/or financial aid arrangements, students need to satisfy/pass the Basic Skills Requirement (e.g., CBEST) and Subject Matter Competency Requirement (e.g., CSET) PRIOR to starting the single credential area method courses.

For additional information on credential requirements, please see the Sanford College of Education’s Credential Information section of the catalog.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate knowledge of developmentally appropriate grade level health education content domains.
  • Describe the relationship of personal, family, school, community, cultural and environmental factors as related to health behavior and physical, emotional, and mental well-being.
  • Identify cognitive, social, and physical characteristics, growth, and development of healthy adolescents, at-risk adolescents and those who have health problems.
  • Examine components of research-based health education and health promotion programs/practices including coordinated school health programs.
  • Discuss the evolving role of a health science teacher as a culturally responsive health educator, counselor, advocate, and resource for individuals, families, and communities.
  • Analyze the role of mass media, technology and the Internet in promoting physical, mental and emotional health literacy and behaviors.
  • Utilize health promotion materials, lessons, and programs to reduce health risk behavior and increase positive health behaviors.
  • Discuss the personal, social, and legal requirements and appropriate prevention and intervention strategies in providing a safe, inclusive school environment.


To receive a Bachelor of Arts in Health Sciences with an Inspired Teaching and Learning Preliminary Single Subject Credential (California), candidates must complete at least 180 quarter units as articulated below, 45 of which must be completed in residence at National University and 76.5 of which must be completed at the upper-division level. All undergraduate students must complete a minimum 70.5 units of the University General Education requirements. In the absence of transfer credit, additional general electives may be necessary to satisfy total units for the degree. The following courses are specific degree requirements. All students receiving an undergraduate degree in Nevada are required by State Law to complete a course in Nevada Constitution.
Preparation for the Major (11 courses; 46.5 quarter units)
Requirements for the Major (25 courses; 108 quarter units)
Health Science Requirements (11 courses, 49.5 quarter units)
Core Requisite(s):