College of Nursing & Health Sciences

Post-Master’s Certificate in Nurse Educator

NOTE:  The University is currently not accepting new applicants into the Post-Master’s Certificate in Nurse Educator at this time.

This post-master’s certificate is designed for nurses who want to learn how to design curriculum and courses using the latest technology to teach in nursing education. Applicants with one advanced nursing degree, i.e., Master’s or doctoral, are eligible for this Post-Master’s Certificate option. Students will learn how to design teaching plans, implement evidence based teaching strategies, design and evaluate curriculum in online, hybrid, academic and other settings.

Program Requirements

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Tuition & Cost

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Graduate Certificate in Nurse Educator Total
12 Credits


MSN574: Curriculum Development and Teaching Strategies

Students will learn how to design and develop innovative and creative nursing curriculum to meet the challenges of an evolving technological and complex health care system. Students will consider traditional and contemporary methods of curriculum planning and design for revolutionizing nursing education. Emphasis is placed on philosophy, theory, curriculum planning, design, implementation and evaluation.

MSN575: Online Teaching and Strategies in Nursing

This course focuses on teaching and learning strategies adapted to online and distance learning. Students will explore classroom tactics to engage the learner within an online environment. The course will explore strategies for content delivery, incorporation of various learning platforms, and the use of emerging online instructional technologies.

MSN576: Educational and Instructional Technology

This course will introduce students to educational platforms using a variety of computer and technology-based media utilized in online or blended courses. The focus is on providing students with skill acquisition in the application of cutting edge online classroom technologies to engage online learners. Examination of current technologies in multimedia, interactive software, online testing, clinical practice and telehealth will be explored.

MSN577: Test Construction, Assessment and Evaluation

This course examines the principles and practices used for assessment of learning in nursing education and evaluation of learning outcomes. Students will develop expertise in writing learning objectives and constructing a variety of commonly used testing formats.  Students will  develop expertise in interpretation of item analysis for the improvement of educational outcomes. Assessment of learning and learning outcomes in classroom, skills lab, clinical and online settings will be explored.

(Optional) MSN578: Teaching Residency for Nurse Educators

A total of 100 hours of clinical practice time is required in the teaching residency which affords the student decision-making opportunities in the specialist nurse educator role through the application of adult educational theories, evidence-based educational concepts and active teaching strategies for learners in a healthcare or academic setting. The specialist nurse educator role will be analyzed and applied in collaboration with a master’s or doctoral prepared nurse preceptor with experience teaching students or staff or patients in an academic or other healthcare specialty clinical setting. Evidence-based educational strategies will be developed into a comprehensive teaching-learning plan to engage learners in active learning, implemented, and learning outcomes evaluated.  Clinical teaching residency evaluations will be performed by preceptors using evaluation rubrics and outcomes evaluated by course faculty. Clinical residency hours and activities will be entered online by students weekly into Project Concert, monitored and evaluated weekly by course faculty.

Nurse educator majors who reside in the state of Tennessee, are required to complete teaching residency hours in a nursing clinical specialty area with a nurse preceptor who has expertise in the specialty and teaching experience with patients, staff or others.