Teaching in Nursing Certificate

August Entry
  • Applications available online: Anytime
  • Deadline to apply: May 31, 2018
January Entry
  • Applications available online: Anytime
  • Deadline to apply: October 31, 2018
Length of Program

Must be completed in four years, can be completed in less than two years

Degree Awarded

Graduate certificate

Distance Learning


Admission Requirements

  • BSN from an accredited school of nursing
  • Cumulative 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • Active, unencumbered RN license from one of the 50 United States

Graduate Certificate Overview

The 15 credit hour graduate certificate in Teaching in Nursing is offered in an online format and consistent with the National League for Nursing Nurse Educator Competencies. This program is designed for nurses seeking academic teaching positions and those whose clinical roles include teaching and faculty development. 

Teaching in Nursing 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. The certificate program prepares you with graduate-level knowledge and skills to expand your current nursing knowledge base and to develop new knowledge or skills in evidence-based teaching of nursing.

For nurses who already hold an MSN in another specialty area, completion of the Teaching in Nursing graduate certificate program fulfills the educational eligibility requirements for the NLN Certification for Nurse Educators program. After successfully completing the certificate, you will be eligible to sit for the CNE exam.

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.

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