The Graduate Certificate in Nursing Education is designed to address the shortage of faculty in nursing programs and enhance the skills of practicing nurses as preceptors and facilitators of staff development. Graduates of this program will be prepared to become educational leaders in academic and practice settings. The certificate provides essential knowledge and skills in teaching and learning, program development, assessment, evaluation, and other aspects of the educational process in nursing. Furthermore, it provides a means for both prospective and current graduate students to receive foundational instruction in teaching and learning theories and methods.
This program has been designed for post-baccalaureate-entry to enable students to prepare for academic roles in higher education while completing master’s and doctorate degrees. Additionally, those who wish to pursue educator roles in practice/professional settings can pursue this certificate after earning their BSN. Students completing this certificate at the post-baccalaureate level may be eligible for roles in staff development, nursing assistant programs, licensed practical nurse programs (LPN), and clinical instruction/precepting.
This program of courses will provide educators with specialty preparation required for the National League for Nursing (NLN) examination for Certification as a Nurse Educator (CNE). Educators must meet additional eligibility requirements as outlined on the NLN certification website.