Do you see yourself working in a variety of health education settings? Are you interested in earning a master's degree but have commitments that keep you from leaving your home or place of work to attend classes or you cannot find an accredited, affordable, and accessible program in your surrounding area?

East Carolina University's master of arts in education in health education will allow students to advance professionally in the field of health education. The required coursework is offered entirely online and the capstone project/internship does not require professionals to leave their current positions. This program is delivered via distance learning platforms, which allow students to build networks and collaborate with other teachers and professionals across the state and in some cases nationally and internationally.

Faculty members are accessible and available to assist students in the learning process through a variety of communication methods. The average time to degree completion for full-time and part-time students is 1.5 years and 2.5 years respectively. Advisors work closely with students to establish a plan of study to fit their professional goals. The program consists of a combination of courses that provide opportunities for applied learning and educational investigation.

ECU Advantage

The Department of Health Education and Promotion at East Carolina University offers the only NCATE-accredited distance-education MAEd in health education. This program benefits professional students by providing an opportunity to earn an "M" level teaching license and a master's degree without having to leave a current professional position.

Many gradates continue teaching in the public schools and making a difference in the lives of school-age youth; however, some have chosen to also seek careers with community colleges and universities, state agencies, district curriculum administration, hospitals, non-profit organizations, and corporations.

What You Will Study

Note: The Board of Governors approved the discontinuation of the following program on July 27, 2018. 

Program Coordinator: Michele Wallen (3204 Belk Building; 252-737-1535; wallenm@ecu.edu)

The program requires a minimum of 36 s.h. as follows:

Health education teaching area - 24 s.h.
  • HLTH 6100 - Intervention Strategies for School Health Education
  • HLTH 6200 - School Health Planning and Evaluation
  • HLTH 6300 - Coordinated School Health
  • HLTH 6355 - Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug Education and Prevention
  • HLTH 6400 - Management of School Health Education Programs
  • HLTH 6410 - Planning, Implementing, and Assessing Sexuality Education
  • Action research:
    • HLTH 6997 - Action Research in Health Education I
    • HLTH 6998 - Action Research in Health Education II
    Final product requirement:

    A professional portfolio (HLTH 6997 and HLTH 6998) is required for completion of the final product requirement.

    For more information about this degree visit the university's academic catalogs.

    Careers With This Degree

    Graduates with this degree are successful in many fields and careers, including the following:

    • Health Teacher Education
    • Education Teachers, Postsecondary
    • Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Vocational Ed
    • Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Vocational Ed
    • Health Teacher Education

    Career Opportunities

    ECU has developed resources to help you learn more about career opportunities and job market outlook. In addition, the websites below provide specific information on careers in the various majors from which students may choose:

    NC Tower

    This website provides graphs and tables of in-depth information on employment rates, wages and ongoing higher education enrollment of graduates from the North Carolina Community College System and from the University of North Carolina system schools. NC Tower includes data on former UNC students who are working in roughly 90% of all jobs in North Carolina. This database excludes information for graduates who are:

    • Self-employed;
    • Work for the federal government, including the military: or
    • Work outside of North Carolina.

    US Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

    This website also provides in-depth information regarding pay, projected new jobs, required education, growth rate and on-the-job training information on various occupations.

    Degree-specific internships

    For information on internship information for specific majors, go to the home page of the department in which the major is located and, as available, find the link to the information on internships in that major.