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The Master of Education with a concentration in Nutrition Education offers the choice of two specializations:

  • Nutrition Education Specialist
    This specialization combines the advanced study of education, applied nutrition, and nutrition education with the opportunity for students to broaden their expertise in elective courses of choice. The concentration in Nutrition Education is designed for:
    • Health educators/counselors  in schools, health care, community programs, and other organizations
    • Nutrition professionals with or without certification as a Registered Dietitian
    • Health, physical education, and consumer science teachers
    • School Nutrition directors

  • School Nutrition Specialist
    This specialization combines the advanced study of education, applied nutrition and nutrition education with the development of knowledge, skills and competencies necessary to provide school nutrition services.  
    The specialization in School Nutrition Specialist (SNS) is designed for those who wish to fulfill the academic and internship requirements to become a School Nutrition Specialist (SNS).  Visit the School Nutrition Association at  for information on these requirements and the national credentialing examination.

    Through this internship student interns will:
    • Prepare to assume district level/supervisory positions in school nutrition.
    • Understand and assess the nutritional needs of diverse populations, especially of school-aged children at risk and of limited income.
    • Appreciate and perform the variety of tasks required for operating successful school foodservice programs.
    • Prepare to communicate effectively in interactions with other professionals and stakeholders.

The degree in each specialization consists of ten online courses. Neither of these concentrations leads to the Registered Dietitian credential, teacher licensure, or Nutritionist/Dietitian licensure in Massachusetts. These courses may be used for professional development courses in nutrition or education in accordance with state education department standards.

For further questions regarding this program, please contact the Program Coordinator, Janet Schwartz, at



  1. Requirements are accurate to date. However, the University reserves the right to change requirements in the future, and will notify applicants should any changes be made.
  2. Applications remaining incomplete for over one year will be discarded.

Framingham State University

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Framingham, MA 01701-9101


Phone: 508-620-1220