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Program Requirements (10 credits) Required Courses

  • NUR 512: Curriculum and Course Development and Evaluation in Nursing Education 3cr.
    • This course introduces the student to curriculum and course development and evaluation in nursing education with emphasis on organizational frameworks, teaching-learning strategies and evaluation of learning. This course will be conducted through asynchronous distance education technology (Blackboard) supplemented with in-class meetings.
  • NUR 515: Assessment, Measurement and Evaluation in Nursing Education  3cr.
    • The course introduces the certificate student to assessment, measurement and evaluation with an emphasis on nursing education. Evidence based evaluation strategies are discussed within the context of ethical, legal, social and political aspects of nursing education. The course will be delivered in hybrid format of asynchronous distance education and a limited number of campus-based sessions. Prerequisites: NUR 512.
  • NUR 516: Field Experience in Nursing Education 4cr.
    • The field experience integrates theory in a reality context of the teaching role. Students participate in classroom, laboratory, and clinical settings pertinent to their area of interest and they integrate teaching/learning theories in a practice setting. Asynchronous distance education technology supplements the field experience. Prerequisites: NUR 512 and approval by advisor.

General Overview of the Nursing Education Certificate

Certification in any area shows a commitment to professionalism and to advancement in the field. In nursing, it establishes nursing education as a specialty and demonstrates an expertise as an academic nurse educator. It requires a specialized knowledge, skill set and abilities and communicates to students and faculty alike that you are meeting the highest standards of excellence.

The 10-credit Graduate Certificate in Nursing Education program prepares expert nurse clinicians for the role of educator, particularly as clinical and laboratory instructors in associate and baccalaureate degree nursing programs and as staff educators in clinical agencies.

Educational objectives

The Certificate student will:

  • Demonstrate specialized knowledge, skills, and abilities in the role of  nurse educator.
  • Facilitate adult learning through curriculum design, teaching, evaluation, and advisement responsibilities inherent in nursing faculty roles.
  • Function as a nurse educator and apply evidence-based educational methods.
  • Integrate technology in nursing education.

For more detailed information visit the School of Nursing website.

What can I do with a Nurse Educator Certificate?

Nurse educators are registered nurses that are also teachers. They serve as faculty members in schools of nursing, teaching hospitals and sometimes in clinical environments. They develop lesson plans, oversee students’ clinical practices, evaluate educational programs and teach courses. As their experience grows they may advance to administrative roles managing nursing education programs, writing and reviewing textbooks, and developing continuing education courses and programs for working nurses.

This is a career that is highly in demand. The United States is currently experiencing a serious nursing shortage and one of the reasons is that many universities must turn away applicants due to a lack of nurse educators to train these future nurses.

The hours and working conditions can also be a factor in considering a Nurse Educator Certificate. Many who work in academic settings get summers off and don’t have the high demand put on their time as those nurses that work caring for patients.


Student Eligibility and Admission Criteria:

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing or Master’s or higher graduate degree in nursing from an accredited program.
  • Undergraduate GPA minimum 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • College level statistics course, minimum grade of B
  • College level research methods courses, minimum grade of B
  • Experience as a Registered Nurse.  Minimum two years is preferred
  • Licensure to practice as a Registered Nurse in Maine by date of admission
  • Preadmission interview by School of Nursing faculty member (arranged)

Application to the Graduate Certificate in Nursing Education program:


Nursing Education Certificate students who wish to achieve a Master’s degree in nursing must apply separately to the School of Nursing Individualized MSN program.  The three certificate courses may be transferable to the MSN program of study.   For more information about the School of Nursing: http://www.umaine.edu/nursing

School of Nursing Faculty

University of Maine nursing students benefit from faculty who are expert nurses in their areas of specialization in addition to being skilled educators and scholars. In the classroom, practice laboratories, and in clinical settings, students are challenged to base their nursing care upon the best available evidence and to critically analyze their practice, always striving for optimal outcomes for patients, families, and communities.

Please “Meet the Faculty” of the School of Nursing by checking out their faculty website.

What students have to say about the Nursing Educator Certificate

photo of Sandy Pelletier“I chose the Graduate Program at UM in Nursing Education because the program had a great reputation, I had received a previous grant to first complete a graduate certificate in Nursing Education at UM, and was able to easily transition into the graduate program. The program was hybrid which allowed me to take online courses, poly-com courses televised from UM to UMFK, and on campus courses. All of these avenues allowed me flexibility within my career and family life. The graduate nursing faculty at UM are fantastic. They are so invested in their students’ learning and clinical opportunities. All faculty were readily available via email, phone, or in person. I can now call each of them my colleagues in Nursing Education and collaborate frequently with them. A MSN in Nursing Education has enabled me to finally secure my career in collegiate education as a Nursing Faculty. This degree has allowed me to combine my two career passions; nursing and education. Thank you, UM.” – Sandy Pelletier

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