Teaching in Nursing Graduate Certificate
Please use this checklist to help you apply to the Teaching in Nursing Graduate Certificate program.
The Indiana University School of Nursing offers a graduate certificate in nursing education that is distance-accessible and consistent with the Nurse Educator Competencies described by the National League for Nursing (NLN). This program is designed for nurses seeking academic teaching positions and those whose clinical roles include teaching and faculty development.
Nursing education is a specialty that draws from nursing and nursing education science as well as from adult, vocational, and higher education science. Students in the certificate program gain the knowledge, skills, and expertise needed to envision, design, conduct, and evaluate innovative, evidence-based classroom and clinical pedagogies. Completion of the certificate program fulfills the educational eligibility requirements for the NLN Certification for Nurse Educators program. The certificate program prepares students with graduate-level knowledge and skills to expand their current nursing knowledge base and to develop new knowledge or skills in evidence-based teaching of nursing. The certificate (15-17 credit hours) requires completion of 5 courses, including a teaching practicum, which are described below.
This certificate program draws on the international and national reputations and expertise of the nursing pedagogical experts on the faculty and the history of excellence in nursing and distance education at Indiana University School of Nursing. First designated an NLN Center of Excellence in Creating Environments that Enhance Pedagogical Expertise in 2006 and redesignated for 2009–2012, the School of Nursing has an international reputation for developing and testing innovative pedagogies and delivering distance education courses to students and nurse educators throughout the world. The certificate program is regularly re-evaluated and benchmarked with national distance education best-practice criteria and nurse educator competencies.
Technology brings learners, faculty, and content together in this graduate certificate program. Review technology requirements and resources.
Admissions requirements and procedures
Admission to the certificate program requires a baccalaureate or higher degree in nursing from an accredited institution with a minimum GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale). Appropriate work experience also will be taken into account in making admission decisions. Students already admitted into an Indiana University School of Nursing graduate or doctoral program are eligible to earn a graduate certificate. Such students should see their program advisor regarding how this may fit into their plan of study. Any student who wants the certificate must submit the application as directed on the checklist.
Students will be required to receive a final overall grade point average of 3.0 or better to be awarded the certificate. The minimum grade accepted in any single course is B-.
If a student is able to document appropriate graduate course work at another institution, the student can request a transfer of a maximum of three credits. The faculty that oversees the program will make approval decisions of all waiver and substitution requests. No undergraduate courses can be applied to this certificate program.
Maximum time for program completion is four years with no significant breaks (i.e. more than two semesters) between courses. There is no limit to the number of graduate courses that can be taken prior to admission to the certificate program, provided that all course work is completed within a four-year period
Required nursing education courses
- T615 Curriculum in Nursing (3 cr.)
This course is designed for persons who are or will be engaged in teaching within nursing education settings. The primary focus is the process of curriculum development; philosophical, social, political, economic, and professional issues that need to be considered in planning curricula, evaluating existing curricula, and changing curricula are examined.
- T617 Evaluation in Nursing (3 cr.)
This course integrates concepts of assessment and evaluation into a nursing education framework. Students analyze assessment/evaluation concepts, models, and frameworks for applicability for students, faculty, curricula, and programs.
- T619 Computer Technologies For Nurse Educators (3 cr.)
This course provides nurse educators an opportunity to acquire knowledge and skills for using computer technologies to support the teaching/learning process. Emphasis is given to theoretical frameworks that guide the selection, use, and integration of computer technologies in nursing education programs.
- T670 Teaching in Nursing (3 cr.)
This course utilizes guided experiences in teaching of nursing, including planning, developing, implementing, and evaluating classroom and clinical instruction.
- T679 Nursing Education Practicum (3 cr.)
This practicum experience is designed for application, demonstration, and synthesis of theory and competencies related to the role of nurse educator. Learning experiences are planned and negotiated to meet individual learning goals in the context of preceptor-supervised experiences.
NOTE: students in the MSN Nursing Education Major are required to take a two-credit, J595 Special Topics course concurrently with T679.