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Graduate Certificate as a Nurse Educator

Graduate Certificate in Nursing Education

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:

Required Courses

NUR 512 Curriculum and Course Development and Evaluation in Nursing Education   3 credits.  This course is offered every fall semester and 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

3 credits. 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 514 Field Experience in Nursing Education 4 credits.  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.

Student Eligibility and Admission Criteria:

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:



Contact Information

School of Nursing
5724 Dunn Hall
Orono, Maine 04469-5724
Phone: (207) 581-2592 | Fax: (207) 581-2585E-mail:
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
A Member of the University of Maine System