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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:
- School Nutrition directors
- Nutrition professionals with or without certification as a Registered Dietitian
- Health, physical education, and consumer science teachers
- Health educators/counselors in schools, health care, community programs, and other organizations
- 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. These are outlined in the School Nutrition Association’s Keys to Excellence program areas of Administration, Communications and Marketing, Nutrition and Nutrition Education, and Operations and the School Foodservice, and the Nutrition Specialist Credentialing Exam Study Guide.
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). See the School Nutrition Association at www.schoolnutrition.org 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.
- Provide an environment in which interns can 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.
- Be prepared to sit for the national Nutrition Specialist Credentialing Exam
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.
If you have questions about using this degree to advance an Initial License to a Professional License, please email Dr. Katherine Hibbard at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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.
- Applications remaining incomplete for over one year will be discarded.