School of Nursing

Certificate of Graduate Study in Nursing - Education

This twelve-credit graduate certificate program prepares students to teach in entry- and master's-level nursing programs in both didactic and clinical courses and engage in other professional roles such as staff development. Four required courses (three credits each) for this certificate provide a foundation in theories of nursing education, external factors that influence nursing education, curricular models, teaching methodologies and strategies, and critical analysis of theories of learning and teaching. All courses will be offered as blended courses (some low residency required). The fourth course has a low-residency requirement as it entails a clinical practicum with supervision by faculty and an identified preceptor for either a didactic and/or clinical experiential component. 

Sample Curriculum (12 credits):

Fall I:

NUR 636 Foundations of Nursing Education – 3 credits

Spring I:

NUR 637 Methods of Education in Nursing – 3 credits

Fall II:

NUR XXX Assessment, Measurement and Evaluation in Nursing Education (under development) – 3 credits

Spring II:

NUR 638 Education Practicum and Seminar – 3 credits


Application Deadlines

Spring semester admission – October 1

Fall semester admission – April 1

Admission Information
  • A masters degree with a major in nursing from a degree program accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education or the National League for Nursing
  • Completion of the Application for a Certificate of Graduate Study (CGS)  and application fee.
  • Current resume.
Application material

In addition to the materials described above, applicants for this program must submit:

  • Completion of a program selection form
  • Two Letters of Recommendation reflecting professional practice and academic achievement
  • Evidence (photocopy) of unencumbered current licensure as a registered professional nurse in Maine
  • An essay reflective of professional goals

 For additional application information, please visit the Graduate Admissions web page

Deadline: April 1 for fall admission, October 1 for spring admission

Admission Information and Links:

Information Sessions about this program are held on a regular basis

USM Office of Graduate Admissions