Nursing Education Graduate Certificate
Online Program

Advanced Nursing Education Coursework—Delivered Completely Online

The University of Northern Colorado online Nursing Education Graduate Certificate can be taken as a standalone certificate by bachelor's or master’s prepared nurses, or an additional certificate for matriculated master’s and doctoral nursing students who wish to augment their professional studies with advanced coursework in nursing education and academic roles.

Nurse Educators Critically Needed

There is high demand nationwide for additional Nurse Educators, and particularly in Colorado. In fact, 53% of the state's full-time faculty is aged 55 or older and retiring at a rate of 45 individuals per year, according to the Colorado Center for Nursing Excellence.

This program, offered by the UNC School of Nursing through the UNC Extended Studies, can be completed entirely online during Fall and Spring semesters. Attend without interfering with your personal or professional obligations.

The Nursing Education Certificate program accepts applications throughout the year, and you can begin the program at the start of any academic Fall or Spring semester. See the Get Started section below for application deadlines for each term and the steps to apply.

More Resources

We also encourage you to visit the School of Nursing–Nursing Education Certificate page.


Contact the Academic Program Coordinator

Nursing Education Graduate Certificate
Academic Program Coordinator

Janice Hayes
(970) 351-1690

Course of Study

This certificate is 12 credit hours for post-bachelor's students and 9 credit hours for post-master's students. The recommended post-master's coursework includes one course in teaching strategies, one course in teaching/learning theory, and one course in curriculum or evaluation. The post-baccalaureate student will select one additional course from any area or an elective.

At least two of the courses below are offered each Fall and Spring semester. For more details about the course of study and to establish the best course of study for your progress through the certificate, contact the Academic Program Coordinator.

Students must complete the coursework with a grade of "B" or better.

Available Courses by Category

Teaching Strategies/Role (take 1 or more)

  • NURS 521 Clinical Instruction and Precepting in Nursing (3)
  • NURS 631 Teaching Strategies for Practice and Academic Settings (3)
  • NURS 695 Advanced Academic Nursing Roles (3)
  • NURS 780 The Professional Role in Nursing Education (3)
  • ET 604 Computer Graphics and Visual Literacy (3)

Teaching/Learning Theory (take 1 or more)

  • PSY 540 Theories and Principles of Learning (3)
  • PSY 681 Cognition and Instruction I (3)

Curriculum/Evaluation (take 1 or more)

  • NURS 661 Planning and Evaluating Education in Practice and Academic Settings (3)
  • NURS 710 Evaluation in Nursing Education (3)
  • NURS 760 Advanced Nursing Curriculum Design (3)
  • SRM 670 Evaluation: Models and Designs (3)


  • NURS 504 Quality and Safety in Health Care Systems (3)
  • NURS 507 Policy, Leadership and Nursing Issues (3)

Admission Requirements

Tuition and Financial Aid

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