Education, School Health

Graduate Program: Education, School Health

Online Program

Education, School Health Graduate Program Online

The primary goal of the degree program is to assist School Nurses expand their knowledge of Special Education, Nursing, and Leadership in Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12 school settings. The Master of Science Degree with a Major in Education and an Emphasis in School Health is offered with two Options, both of which prepare a BSN graduate to work with a diverse Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12 population in an effective and efficient manner.

Why Pitt State?

Options available for the degree include:

    Option I: Thesis
        This option is designed to prepare students for a doctoral program, for advanced professional careers, or for students wanting to complete an in-depth research experience.

    Option III: Course Work
        This option requires completion of course work that demonstrates evidence of advanced course work in an area of concentration. Departments will require evidence of competency through activities such as research papers, portfolios, practice, internships, comprehensive exams or other individual work. Students should check with their major department for specific requirements for the coursework.

Career Options

  • School Nurse
  • Wellness Specialist
  • Community Outreach Advocate

Internship and research opportunities

Throughout your time in this program, you will gain valuable experience through hands-on learning opportunities. For instance, you will complete some of your coursework through embedded practicums, the assignments for which are designed based on the typical duties of a school nurse in the school setting.

If, during your time in this program, you become intrigued with a specific area of school health study, you may design your own research project in the Methods of Research course. This course is based on the principles of Action Research, which is vital to the advancement of school nursing. Action Research helps school nurses to focus on a question or topic in order to improve the quality of health in the school setting, the school wellness curriculum, assessment of wellness programs, and understanding the needs of students identified with autism or other exceptionalities.

Learn more about the Department of Teaching and Leadership

Admission to this graduate degree program requires:

  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0
  • B.S. in Nursing, licensed nurse, and working as a School Nurse
  • 2 recommendation forms from superintendent, principal or supervisor
  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA during first 9 hours of coursework
  • Writing sample
  • Copy of valid state nursing license

Whether you are beginning your career with a Bachelor of Science in Education or want to grow professionally with a Masters Degree or Educational Specialist, we believe this is the place for you! With accredited programs, campus, online and hybrid classes, caring faculty and staff to guide you, you can begin or continue your journey toward a rewarding life in the field of Education and Leadership.

The faculty in the Early Childhood Unified program come from the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences and the Department of Teaching and Leadership. They also serve as academic advisors for the program.

Teaching and Leadership website


Students in the Education, School Health program take a selection of classes that successfully prepare them for a career in a related field.

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