Bachelor of Arts in Health Sciences with a Preliminary Single Subject Teaching Credential (California)

The Bachelor of Arts in Health Sciences with a Preliminary Single Subject Credential provides a broad-based foundation in the liberal arts and sciences, and a fundamental knowledge of health education that prepares candidates for careers as teachers in the middle and secondary school levels. Students are required to think critically, write clearly, and speak articulately.

This bachelor's in health science degree program prepares candidates for professional work as single subject teachers in a changing cultural and economic environment. For additional information on credential requirements, please see the Sanford College of Education 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.
  • Integrate educational technology to meet the needs of all learners.
  • Describe how to support growth in cognitive, social, physical, and emotional domains.
  • Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the learning needs of students through the creation of positive learning environments.
  • Utilize systematic observations, documentation, and other effective assessment strategies in a responsible manner to facilitate and account for learning and to support positive growth.
  • Design, implement, and evaluate standards-based lesson plans for learning and achievement in content areas.
  • Demonstrate professional standards and ethics.
  • Utilize different teaching strategies to accomplish teaching and learning goals.


To receive a Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Health Science with a Single Subject Teaching Credential, 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 (23 courses; 99 quarter units)
Health Science Requirements (11 courses, 49.5 quarter units)
Core Requisite(s):
Education Theory /Methodology Requirements (7 courses; 31.5 quarter units)
Student Teaching Requirements (4 courses; 13.5 quarter units)
TED 530A, 530B, 531A and 531B are field experience courses receiving a Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory grade and are not factored into cumulative GPA.
Credentialing Requirements (1 course; 4.5 quarter units)
Students must have a senior standing to enroll in this course. The grade earned must be a B or better. EDX 1201X will not transfer to any graduate level program at National University or elsewhere.