Online Graduate Certificate in Nursing Education

Online Graduate Certificate in Nursing Education

The online Graduate Certificate in Nursing Education is designed for experienced nurses who want to gain advanced nursing knowledge and prepare to teach and evaluate learning in academic or clinical settings. Graduates will be able to:

  • 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.

Graduate Certificate in Nursing Education courses can be applied to our MSN-Nurse Educator degree

For more detailed information, visit the School of Nursing website.


Core Courses

The following courses are required (10 credits):

  • NUR 512: Curriculum and Course Development and Evaluation in Nursing Education (3 credits)
  • NUR 515: Assessment, Measurement, and Evaluation in Nursing Education (3 credits)
  • NUR 516: Field Experience in Nursing Education (4 credits)


We have rolling admissions so you can apply and be accepted into the program at any time. However, the following dates are recommended:

  • Fall: June 1st
  • Spring: November 1st
  • Summer: March 1st

After these dates, your application will be considered for the next semester.


  • BSN or Master’s in Nursing from a CCNE or NLN accredited program
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • A college-level statistics course with at least a B
  • A college-level research methods course with at least a B
  • Experience as a Registered Nurse
  • Licensure to practice as a Registered Nurse in the State of Maine or multi-state compact license (by date of admission)
  • A pre-admission meeting with nursing faculty to discuss goals and program of study

Application Materials

We have rolling admissions-meaning you can apply and be accepted at any time. The first course in the series starts each spring semester. When you are ready to apply, please first review the application instructions. Then submit the following:

Contact Us

Have questions about earning your Graduate Certificate in Nursing Education online with UMaine? Contact Julie Roach, UMaineOnline Advisor, at 207.581.3154 (Mon/Wed) or 207.573.0417 (Tue/Thu/Fri), or at

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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.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the median annual wage for nursing instructors and teachers was $82,040 in May 2021, which was higher than the median annual wage for all occupations of $41,950.

Notable Companies Employing Alumni

  • Maine Community College System
  • University of Maine System
  • Northern Light Healthcare


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