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Program Overview

The Graduate Certificate in Teaching in Nursing program is designed to prepare graduate and post-graduate nurses with nurse educator competencies in preparation for teaching in clinical and academic settings. Students will develop skills in facilitating learning, curriculum development, educational technology, and assessment and evaluation strategies. The program includes a total of 90 hours of student teaching under the direct supervision of a College of Nursing preceptor. Graduates meet the requirements to sit for the National League for Nursing (NLN) Academic Nurse Educator certification exams. The Graduate Certificate in Teaching in Nursing is available only online.

Program Outcomes

The program is built around experiences in and demonstration of learning in 5 competency areas. The final e-portfolio needs to address each broad competency, providing evidence of specific activities that fulfill each area, and incorporating a reflection that demonstrates your understanding of that area and ways in which you will integrate it into your future teaching and professional development.



  • NUR 861Curriculum Design in Nursing Education3 Credits
  • NUR 866Academic and Clinical Teaching Internship3 Credits
  • NUR 868Topics in Nursing Education3 Credits

Admissions and Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. Completed a bachelor’s in nursing degree from an accredited program with a minimum 3.0 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale.
  2. 3.0 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale
  3. Completed coursework

    To be considered for admission to the Graduate Certificate in Education in Nursing an applicant must: Be enrolled in an MSU College of Nursing graduate program

  4. A license/certificate required

    Hold an unrestricted R.N. license in the applicant’s state or country. Complete an admission interview.

  5. Previous work experience


  6. Taken the TOEFL

    (Only required if English is not your native language)

  7. Official transcripts from all previous schools

To apply to this program:

  1. Complete the university application for the certificate program.
  2. Complete a test of English language proficiency if English is not the first language with a minimum average score of 550 with no subscore below 52 (paper version) or 79 with no subscore below 17 (internet based test). Equivalent scores on the MSU English Language Center Test may be submitted. If using the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), the minimum average score must be 6.5.
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Tuition & Fees

In State Tuition

  • $6,800
  • Total


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