Master of Education in
Health and Wellness Education

The Master of Education in Health and Wellness degree will help you teach others about healthy life choices. You will learn about a wide range of health topics, and how to assess a community or an organization to determine health education priorities. Once you graduate, you will be prepared to take the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam.

Total cost at ACE


(tuition + fees)

Compare with other institutions*:


Concordia University


Capella University


Grand Canyon University

*Based on information provided on each institution's website as of August 2018

Applications due November 8 for November 11, 2019 Term

Estimated Time to Completion:
15 Months

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Key Features of Our Online Master of Education Degree

  • Flexible: Study on your schedule. Our online format allows you to plan your coursework around your life.
  • Focused Coursework: All courses focus on the learning, assessment, evaluation, and training of health and wellness education. You will take courses only with individuals who share your passion for promoting health and wellness.
  • Diverse Applications: You will learn to apply your knowledge to PreK-12 schools, community institutions, and organizations in both the private and public sector.
  • Test Prep: The program is designed to prepare you for the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam.

For more information about this program, view the College Catalog. You can also ask questions anytime via chat.

Department Chair

Byron Barton, Ph.D.
Administrative Faculty and Chair,
Department of Healthcare

Dr. Byron Barton graduated from Butler University in Indianapolis in with a bachelor's in biology and later received his doctorate from the University of Vermont, where he studied insect flight muscle using a classical and molecular genetics approach. 

Since then, Dr. Barton has focused on helping students achieve their academic and career goals through higher education.

A Degree You Can Count On

We are, and have always been, regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. This accreditation guarantees our programs meet certain levels of quality standards.   

A Note About Licensure:

While this program provides a comprehensive understanding of the intended program outcomes, it does not lead to licensure, certification, or endorsement. ACE offers several programs that do provide a pathway to licensure, certification, or endorsement and they can be found here.

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M.Ed. in Health and Wellness Education

Total Tuition

31 semester credits x $235 per credit



$50 Application Fee

$1,240 Technology & Library Fee ($40 per credit)

$100 Program Conferral Fee


Total Program Cost*


*This is an estimated value of the cost for tuition and fees. Amounts may vary depending on number of transfer credits applied to the selected program hours, the pace and satisfactory completion of the selected program credit hours, receipt of scholarship and/or grant amounts, and adjustments to tuition or fees as described in the Catalog Right to Modify Tuition section.

State of California Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF)

It is a state of California requirement that a student who pays his or her tuition is required to pay a state-imposed assessment for the Student Tuition Recovery Fund. For more information and to see if you must pay the state-imposed assessment for Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) click here.

ACE General Admission Requirements

  • Complete and submit all application components including the admission application, including the enrollment agreement, and payment agreement.
  • Submit the nonrefundable application fee.*
  • Provide official transcripts from a regionally accredited institution indicating successful completion of the level of education required for entry to the program.**

*The application fee is valid for one year from date of submission.
**Additional evidence may be required to fulfill state requirements, including but not limited to verification of professional experience, test scores, or an interview.

Program Admission Requirements

M.Ed. in Health and Wellness Education

  • Bachelor's or Highest Post-Baccalaureate degree earned
  • Minimum Grade Point Average 2.75 on a 4.0 Scale for full admission
  • Minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average of 2.50 on a 4.0 Scale for Provisional Admission*
  • Additional evidence may be required to fulfill state requirements, including but not limited to verification of professional experience, test scores, or an interview

*Applicants whose overall GPA, or GPA in the last 60 hours is below 2.50 will not be admitted to the degree program

International Transcript Requirements

All applicants must submit to the Admissions Office official, sealed college transcripts from each institution attended.

  • Transcripts that are international and/or not in English must be evaluated through an NACES-recommended agency.
  • Texas applicants may only submit evaluations from agencies approved by the Texas Education Agency.
  • International applicants must request the course-by-course evaluation. The evaluation report must show that the non-U.S. education is equivalent to the education/accreditation level required for the program.

English as a Second Language Applicants

All applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate competence in the English language as demonstrated in one of three ways:

  1. Submission of an official transcript showing a degree from a United States secondary school or regionally accredited college/university.

  2. Submission of a transcript from a secondary school or college/university whose country uses English as a primary means of instruction, including, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand.

  3. Submission of an official minimum score on the paper-based or internet-based TOEFL exam.
    • The minimum TOEFL score required for the paper-based Test (PBT) is 550, and for the internet-based (iBT) Test is 80.

    • Applicants to the Texas M.Ed. in Educational Leadership program must submit scores from the internet-based (iBT) TOEFL An overall score of 80, and a score of 26 on the speaking section is required.

    • The testing agency must send test scores directly to American College of Education.

Admissions Appeal Process

Applicants have the right to appeal admissions decisions. Begin the process by filling out the admissions appeal here.


Explore the classes you'll take to fulfill this program's 31 semester credit requirement. For more information, a complete list of requirements, and course options, see the College Catalog.

Research Courses

(3 semester credits)

This course will address how to collect, analyze and utilize data for decision-making purposes. Learners will explore a range of research approaches, including formative and summative research, to examine how to determine the best-fit for their program needs. Students will be expected to demonstrate a working knowledge of research methods and analyze service statistics to make informed choices regarding quality improvement for health related programs.

Education and Teaching Core Courses

(12 semester credits)

Students explore theories and principles shaping the understanding of learning and motivation. Classic and current theories of cognition and motivation will be examined in relation to real world relevance. Students will gain an overview of neurology and its influence on human development, including cultural and individual perspectives about learning.
This course examines the relationship between the educator and the community. Students will explore topics of substance abuse; obesity; mental health; nutrition; communicable diseases and economics issues faced by the community-at-large. The course will focus on methods to form partnerships between programs and communities, practicing ethical standards as determined by laws within the healthcare industry. In addition, students learn methods of outreach and dissemination of information to support the needs of the community.
This course explores methods to analyze data to define needs and establish a program focus for delivering health education. The course will utilize research to evaluate policies and protocols relevant to the field. Learners will examine how to identify evaluation procedures on several levels, i.e. individual, personnel, program planning, and how to prepare a professional interpretation of the information.
Surveying various program models related to health education, this course identifies specific components of program design and examines methods to determine strategies for implementing a program into a specific setting. Relevant application of the material will relate principles of fundamental care to guide informed choice and formative research to assess needs. In addition, the course will address how to monitor and evaluate programs, including elements of operations scale-up and funding.

Leadership Courses

(3 semester credits)

Foundational approaches to guiding and educating individuals within school and community settings about issues and services are considered in this course. Using data for decision-making, relational skills are evaluated as an example of how specific settings impact options, and how a professional stance is established through ethical application of the laws governing healthcare practices.

Health and Wellness Courses

(13 semester credits)

Seeking to explore diversity issues, this course examines culture, social norms, beliefs and values, ideology, and practices related to health choices and how these influence other areas of life. Surveying how choices are made regarding health and health related behaviors such as perception and attitudes, awareness, prejudice, discrimination or aggression, social cognition and relationships provides a forum for determining action.
Derived from theoretical concepts, practices and principles, this course explores interactions between health factors (social, political, economic, and/or personal) as they influence life-style choices. Potential interventions and strategies for overcoming barriers and the ethical implications for professionals practicing in health education are examined in relation to practical application.
Addressing lifespan development from birth to death, this course of study focuses on ways physical health controls affective and cognitive changes. Consideration is given to factors influencing development and lifespan changes related to decisions in healthcare. The course also addresses the impact of aging on family relationships, sexuality and socialization, altering how individuals relate and respond to life choices.
Technology continues to drive ways to deliver, analyze, and interpret data, including informatics/bioinformatics, clinical research, consumer and public health statistics. By teaching and training staff in the use of technology, protocols within an organization can be established as they relate to compliance issues and how stakeholders need to understand its use. Guidance is provided in the appropriate selection of technology to benefit targeted populations.
The graduate capstone demonstrates the application of knowledge acquired through prior coursework, providing a direct relationship between the program outcomes, core dispositions, and student performance as evidenced by selected artifacts.


  • This program is neither designed nor approved (as of the publication date of this Catalog) to prepare students for licensure, certification, or endorsement in any state.
  • This program has not been reviewed or approved by the Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board (EPSB); Kentucky residents are not eligible for certification, endorsement, rank change, licensure, renewal, etc. by the EPSB.
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