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Online Graduate Certificate in Nursing Education: Careers

Advance Your Career as a Nurse Educator

Nursing programs across the country need qualified instructors to educate new nurses and keep up with industry demand. Step into these essential academic roles with Methodist University’s Graduate Nursing Education Certificate program.

What Makes Us Unique?

  • Our curriculum meets teaching and learning requirements for nursing faculty in North Carolina.
  • MU students complete 150 practicum hours in the field to build real-world skillsets.
  • Prepare to teach in a variety of healthcare and academic settings, depending on your degree level.
  • Students who have a master’s degree can pursue nurse education certification through the National League of Nursing.

Career Outcomes

Training and development manager $115,6401

Nurse educator $78,014 per year2

Nursing instructor or teacher, postsecondary $75,470 per year3

Staff development coordinator $60,5004

Train the Next Generation of Nurses

As the need for registered nurses continues to grow, nurse educators are in high demand. U.S. nursing schools turned away 80,407 qualified applicants in 2019 due to factors like faculty shortages,5 and in 2020, there were approximately 1,492 vacant nursing faculty positions.6 Earning your Graduate Nursing Education Certificate can position you to fill these roles and positively impact the future of nursing.

After completing your program, you will be prepared to lead training initiatives and teach in a variety of health care and academic settings in roles ranging from staff development coordinator to undergraduate classroom instructor, depending on your degree level. Students who have a master’s degree can pursue nurse educator certification through the National League for Nursing.

The Graduate Nursing Education Certificate can be taken as a stand-alone program for students who hold a BSN and are seeking to teach in areas such as clinical practice or nurse education. Because our program meets teaching and learning requirements for nursing faculty as regulated by the North Carolina Board of Nursing, you’ll have a valuable credential for the next step in your career.

Program Outcomes and Skills Acquired

What You’ll Learn

After completing the online Graduate Nursing Education Certificate, you will be able to:

Skills You’ll Gain

  • Nursing theory
  • Educational approaches
  • Student assessment
  • Student evaluation
  • Curriculum and program development

Ensuring Your Success Beyond Graduation

From the moment you become a student at Methodist University, you’ll have access to the support needed to obtain career readiness skills, internships, employment, and other career opportunities. And you can tap into a wide variety of career services long after you’ve graduated.

Here are just a few examples of what you can expect for career support as a student or alumnus. You can benefit from all of them remotely.

Individual and Group Workshops

Whether you need help with assessing your skills and defining your career goals or want a crash course in job searching, our staff can help.

Career Readiness

MU Career Services is committed to empowering students with career readiness tools. Contact us for details about our signature programs, the MU Career Challenge, and the Senior Seminar Series.

Mock Interviews

Learn how to respond confidently to general and behavioral interview questions while articulating your strengths with mock interviews.