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Question by bianka.: Can i become a Special Education teacher with a degree in Liberal Studies?
I want to become a special education teacher but i don’t exactly know what to major in. Is it possible to recieve my degree in liberal studies and then complete a education specialist credential program? I need some advice on this please!

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Answer by George
Yes, I think you can become a special education teacher with a degree in liberal studies. You should call or write to the Department of Education in your state. They will have a specialist in education talk to you about the requirements. I think you will have add some 4 to 6 classes before you can get a state certificate, but there is a great need for special education teachers. You are probably in a state that has that high need. Good luck..

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Question by Lisa: What kind of degree is required in Michigan to teach Special Education?
I am seriously considering getting a degree in Special Education. I am googling, but I can’t seem to find a straight-forward answer on what type of degree is required to teach special education in Michigan. Is it a bachelor’s degree? A Masters? Does anyone know what the requirements are in Michigan?

Thank you!

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Answer by Kim H
get a degree in education

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Question by Ciarra L: What kind of degree do I need to teach early childhood education college courses?
I’m currently in school now, going for my BA in early childhood education. But I’m also interested in becoming a college professor and teaching early childhood education courses to college and/or university students. I’m a little confused on what degree I’ll need to do this (specifically the title of the degree). Do I just need an MA in early childhood education? Or would I need something else as well? Maybe someone can clear up my confusion. Thanks in advance.

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Answer by Jimbobby2753
Check with your college advisor.

Check the state requirements in the state in which you live.

Google: Professor education requirements.

Usually a professor is required to have a doctorate and so many hours in their specilization.


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Question by Odin: What is the usefulness of an international public health degree? What are some jobs associated with this?
What is an international public health degree? What are some jobs associated with this degree?

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Answer by lefse2991
I’ve been trying to figure out more information on this subject as well. From what I’ve found I know that International public health deals with the general health and prevention/treatment of general populations mainly in underdeveloped countries. Whereas clinical health professionals deal with diagnosing and treating an individual who is sick (i.e. a doctor), international public health professionals work to determine how to advance the health of entire populations and prevent disease/epidemics. It’s a pretty broad discipline. You can work as an epidemiologist overseas, a health educator, a health policy advisor, a nutritionist or you could even go into the legal side of things and become a lawyer specializing in international health issues. There are lots and lots of other things you can do with an international public health degree.

For most positions you need a Masters degree such as a Masters of Public Health (MPH) or a Masters of Science in Public Health (MSPH). You can also get a Doctorate of Public Health (DrPH) or a PhD in Public Health (for a more research oriented career). I would recommend the below website for more in depth information on all aspects of public health.

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Question by Dawn: What kind of careers are available to those with an associate’s degree in mental health?
I’m planning on getting a bachelor’s in psychology, and from there I’d like to go into graduate school, and eventually become a licensed therapist. But because I have been told there are very few options for those with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, I’m considering the associate’s in mental health first, which will hopefully lead to a job that’ll get me through the rest of school. The problem is, I can’t find any information on what I can do with this degree, if I do go through with it. Does anybody out there have any suggestions?

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Answer by db79300
The only thing I can think of is maybe a “psych tech.” At some risk of oversimplification, these people work in mental health facilities basically doing the same for mental health as nursing aides do in nursing homes. Unless you have a graduate degree in psychology, social work or education, there are few opportunities in the mental health/chemical dependency fields. Furthermore and unfortunately, urban and suburban areas have an oversupply of therapists. This means that good jobs are difficult to find and insurance reimbursements are remaining the same or slowly falling. If this field is your calling, then by all means proceed. If you are just searching, consider other alternatives.

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Question by mikeroch5: What other careers can you get into with an education degree?
My wife has a master’s degree in Elementary Education and she is unsure if she still wants to teach. After being laid off from her school, she got a new job in the education field but outside of the classroom. What are some other career options using her degree that will not require going back to school? Has anyone else been in this situation?

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Answer by fdm215
She could likely work for an education related non-profit, a university administrator for an Educ dept, a trainer for a private firm, an administrator for Sylvan Learning Ctr or Kaplan. There must be many options. Also, teachers are very sought after overseas! If you’ve ever wanted to live in Australia, UK, I don’t think she’d have any trouble finding work there.

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The Suitability of Courses for a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Education

Article by Dr. Deryck D. Pattron, Ph.D.

The Suitability of Courses for a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Education – Health

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ABSTRACT:Health is defined by the World Health Organization as the complete state of physical, mental and social well being and not just simply the absence of diseases. Health Education is the provision of information and knowledge about health and all its implication for reducing, preventing or eliminating health problems. It involves behavioural and attitudinal changes that make the individual, community or society more accountable for their own health. Health Education degrees, particularly Bachelor of Science degrees in health education is particularly lacking in the Caribbean Region, including Trinidad and Tobago. The main reason for this is unknown. Maybe there is no demand, or maybe there exists sufficient health educators in the Caribbean Region and there is no need for any more. One of the contributing factors maybe the lack of information on what courses to offer at the Bachelor of Science degree level in Health Education. The paper seeks to correct this deficiency by providing information on courses necessary to be taken for the Bachelor’s in Health Education as a matter of public health priority. Key words: Health Education, Public Health, BSc in Health Education.

INTRODUCTION:Health Education is defined as Education for Health. Health is defined by the World Health Organization as the complete state of physical, mental and social well being and not just the complete absence of disease. (1)

Health is not only positively correlated with the availability of men, materials, and money, but on other socioeconomic resources such as education, water and food. The equitable distribution of health and social resources are necessary for addressing the health needs of the population. (1, 2)

Other factors affecting health include social, cultural, economic, biological and environmental. But, all of these factors may not have the desired effect if people do not take an active involvement in their own health and adopt healthy behaviours and ensuring a healthy environment. (1, 2)

The declaration of the Alma-Alta in 1978, states that primary health care is the first level of contact between the individual, community and population and the national health care system. All people everywhere should have access to primary health care that would enable them to enjoy a socially and economically productive life. (2)

Health Education is necessary for all stakeholders in health in order to achieve health for all by the year 2000 as pledged by the World Health Organization and its member states. The year 2000 has already come and gone and most member states have not yet fully realized this resolution for Health for all by year 2000. One of the most significant ways of implementing this resolution is by adopting proactive measures such as education and training as necessary tools in the fight against ill-health and diseases. (3, 4)

At present there exist no academic institution locally or regionally that offers a Bachelors of Science in Health Education. As for a needs assessment carried out in Trinidad, revealed that there exist approximately an 80 % deficiency in Health Educators in the Ministry of Health, the three major Hospitals and seventeen Health Centers throughout the country. A great need therefore exist for health educators and this deficiency should be urgently addressed. Training and education is important for development of competencies and skills in any discipline. The need for training and academic institutions to place health education in their curriculum would serve to correct the much needed health educator’s deficiency in Trinidad.

Objective of Bachelor of Science in Health Education:• To produce graduates with a good mix of theoretical and practical skills and competencies that will enable them to extend the boundaries of knowledge relevant to improving Health Education, strengthening local health systems and enhancing individual, community and population health.

Benchmarking of Bachelor of Science in Health Education with other similar local, regional and international Bachelor of Science in Health Education• Verification and validation.• Standardization and harmonization.• Local, regional and international compliance, recognition and accreditation.

Core Course Content for Bachelor of Science in Health Education:• Concepts & Principles in Health Education.• Techniques & Skills in Health Education.• Health Promotion.• School Health Education.• Problem Solving Techniques.• Health Education Theories & Models.• Evaluation.• Family Life Education.• Research in Health Education.

Description of Some of the Core Course Content for Bachelor of Science in Health Education:• Health Education-Involves behavioural and attitude changes and makes individuals more accountable and responsible for their own health.

• Application of Behavioural Change Theories & Models:(i) Stages of Change Theory-is based on the principle that behaviour is learned through modifications of simple behaviour.(ii) Health Belief Model is based on the perceived efficacy is dependent on external influences promoting desired behaviour. (iii) Reasoned Action & Planned Behaviour is based on the principle that a person considers the consequences before performing a particular behaviour, but other factors influence actual performance of behaviour. (iv) Social Cognitive Theory is based on the principle that personal behaviour is influenced by the social environment. (v) Diffusion of Innovation Theory is based on the principle that the rate of acceptance of a new technology is based on the appeal to the senses. (vi) Field Theory is based on the principles that social influences affects human consciousness and vice-versa in a state of dynamic flux.

• School Health Education-enables planning, coordination and formulation of school health policies and programmes.

• Family Life Education is taught according the following course topics:(i) Family living and community relationships.(ii) Value of postponing sexual activities.(iii) Human sexuality.(iv) Human reproduction & contraceptive.(v) Etiology, prevention and effects of sexually transmitted diseases.(vi) Stress management & resistance to peer pressure.(vii) Development of positive safe concepts & respect for others.(viii) Parenting skills.(ix) Substance abuse.(x) Child abuse.(xi) Vagrancy.

• Community Health Education(i) Community composition.(ii) When community health education is needed?(iii) Getting opinion leaders involved.(iv) The role of local & foreign organizations.(v) Community health committee.(vi) Advisory & planning boards.(vii) Insectoral coordinating groups.(viii) Organizing health campaigns-a health campaign starts around one issue e.g. “clean up the community”, “immunize your child”, “good food for healthy bodies”, “clean water for good health”, “say no to drugs”.(ix) Mobilize community resources for a project.(x) Developing partnership with people.(xi) Role of community health workers.

• Health Promotion(i) Putting health education methods into practice. (ii) It involves enabling or empowering, mediating or facilitating and advocacy or lobbying.(iii) People participation.(iv) When to find people?(v) Where to find people?(vi) How to involve people?

• Health Promotion-Methods & Media(i) Health talks.(ii) Fables(iii) Stories.(iv) Case studies.(v) Demonstrations.(vi) Posters.(vii) Displays.(viii) Flip charts.(ix) Photographs.(x) Projected materials.(xi) Tape.(xii) Recordings.(xiii) Films/movies.(xiv) Newspaper.(xv) Magazine.(xvi) Radio.(xvii) Television.(xviii) Publications.(xix) World Wide Web.(xx) Art.(xxi) Dance.

• Ottawa & Caribbean Charter for Health Promotion as valuable frameworks for development of sustainable health policies.

• Research in Health Education(i) Develop research skills.(ii) Literature reviews.(iii) Research question formulation.(iv) Sampling techniques.(v) Study designs; quantitative & qualitative.(vi) Analyzing & presenting data.(vii) Identifying role of theories in health education research.(viii) Role of ethics and values in conducting research.(ix) Evaluating a scientific paper.(x) Questionnaire design.(xi) Writing a research proposal.

CONCLUSION:Health Education is important for all people regardless of ethnicity, cultural, and socio-economic factors. (1, 2) The Caribbean Region is no different. In Trinidad, many non-communicable diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer and strokes plague our people and rob them of their most valuable productive years. It is therefore important not only do we need to have proactive health education programmes but also effective health promotion programmes incorporating advocacy, mediation and enabling as tools in achieving behavioural and attitudinal changes, thus making people more accountable for their own health. (3, 4) Additionally, this can only be achieved by having the necessary health education programmes in place such as the Bachelor of Science in Health Education offered locally and regionally. The prescribed courses for this degree should include some of or all components as described herein in order to achieve the right mix of theoretical and practical skills and competencies for expanding the boundaries of Health Education knowledge and for making a significant contribution in the field.

REFERENCES:1. WHO. Education for Health: A manual on health education in primary health care. Geneva: World Health Organization; 1988.2. Alma-Ata. Primary Health Care. Geneva: World Health Organization; 1978.3. WHO. Health Programme Evaluation: guiding principles. Geneva: World Health Organization; 1978.4. PAHO. Health Promotion Anthology. Washington, D.C.: Pan American Health Organization; 1996.

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Question by Confused about life: I am on a quest for self-improvement. How can I help myself in academics, so I can finish my degree?
I am currently on a campaign for self-improvement. A lot of aspects are involved. One aspect I am working on is improving my academic self. I currently work about 50 hours a week, and I am not sure if I will be able to cut down on hours. Currently, I am employed as a para-professional, with a promise of promotion to professional status once I receive a related bachelor’s degree.

I graduated with a BS in biological sciences and I am wanting to expand upon that in the future.

Currently, I am focusing on finishing engineering. The problem is my work schedule and how it doesn’t fit into the regional engineering school’s marketing plan. I am a non-traditional student. They want overacheivers, and are trying to accomplish this by having those who are driven to succeed “influence” the others. For example, many engineering students live together, separate from the rest of the university. This is now expected and required. Is there any chance I can pursue distance education for BS?
Ideally, the program needs to insure that I can take the engineering licensure exams. I would open to ANY way to accomplish my degree ASAP while taking care of the other obligations in my life.

The main issue is that classes are scheduled all over the place, meaning it is very hard to get what I need. I can provide more details if need be.
I have completed general education and engineering intro courses. It is completing the upper division classes that is the problem.

What I need to find is how I can get state university rates for a distance degree for a bachelor’s of engineering, which I cannot find.

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Answer by TR
Wow. This is a touchy situation!

My first guess would be to look at your own state’s university system. Phone or visit websites for all of your state universities and look for distance learning options and online degree programs. If you’re able to transfer a lot of general education and intro. engineering courses, and complete the upper-level courses in the major by distance learning or flex learning (mostly distance, limited time on-campus) then you’d be set.

I know one engineering prof from Miami University (Ohio) who has done lots of online courses, and I believe their program has an agreement with some colleges 100 miles away to contribute essential courses to their engineering students–been a while since he and I had a chat and I’ve forgotten the details–however I am sure as shootin’ that their program prepares students for licensure!

Anyway, seems to me that engineering is one of those subjects that lends itself well to online instruction.

Staying in-state with public universities will cost less, tho’ online instruction is always at least a little more expensive.

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