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Post Masters Certificate in Teaching for Nurses

As the demand for nursing faculty continues, many nurses are considering an educator role. They may be interested in teaching in a school of nursing, working in staff development, or focusing on the education of a specific patient population.

The certificate is designed to provide masters-prepared nurses with the skills and knowledge they need to be competent and confident in nurse educator roles. The 12-credit graduate certificate utilizes existing courses within the Master of Science in Nursing focus in education program. Applications for the program will be considered on a rolling basis. You may begin coursework in either the fall or spring semester.

Typically students will enroll in the following courses:

NUR 609 Prospective Transformation I - Socialization into a Community of Scholarly Caring (3) During educational programs, nurses experience a transformation in which their perspectives on themselves, their profession, and their opportunities in the profession expand. This course facilitates students' socialization from new graduate student to budding scholar and prepares them for success in graduate study. Topics include self-assessment as learner and scholar; scholarly reading, writing, and dialoging; time management; academic computing skills; and portfolio development.

NUR 615 Theories of Learning and Teaching for the Health Professions (3) A survey of educational theory and practice as relevant to the teaching role. Distinctions are made between teaching and learning, domains of learning, and approaches used with adult learners. Constraints of application of theory within specific settings (e.g., health care, adult learning, special classrooms) are highlighted. This course is designed for master's-level students interested in an emphasis on the educator's role and is also relevant for management students.

NUR 627 Theoretical Basis of Nursing Education (3) This course provides the student with theories and concepts relevant to the nurse educator role. Curriculum development, analysis and evaluation, classroom and clinical teaching strategies, and evaluation of student and program outcomes are the major themes of the course. Various nurse educator roles are ex-plored. Students are expected to think critically about the process of education and the role of teachers, and to develop a personal philosophy of teaching and learning. Curriculum development and implementation are analyzed from the perspective of systems theory.

NUR 631 Practicum and Seminar in Nursing Education (3) This is the experiential component of the nurse educator theory course. Students preparing to be staff development instructors in community, hospital, or long-term care facilities work with a preceptor in a staff development department. Students preparing to teach in schools of nursing are placed in educational settings. Opportunity is provided to explore the components of the role and evaluate oneself in the performance of the role. The suprasystem of the institution is identified, and the role the nursing department fills within that system is explored.


Susan H. Eichar
Associate Professor
Director of the Master of Science in Nursing Program
College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions