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Graduate Certificate in Nursing Education University of Maine



Course info


Certification in any area shows a commitment to professionalism and to advancement in the field. In nursing, it establishes nursing education as a specialty and demonstrates an expertise as an academic nurse educator. It requires a specialized knowledge, skill set and abilities and communicates to students and faculty alike that you are meeting the highest standards of excellence.

The 10-credit Graduate Certificate in Nursing Education program prepares expert nurse clinicians for the role of educator, particularly as clinical and laboratory instructors in associate and baccalaureate degree nursing programs and as staff educators in clinical agencies.

Educational objectives

The Certificate student will:

Demonstrate specialized knowledge, skills, and abilities in the role of nurse educator.

Facilitate adult learning through curriculum design, teaching, evaluation, and advisement responsibilities inherent in nursing faculty roles.

Function as a nurse educator and apply evidence-based educational methods.

Integrate technology in nursing education.

Nurse educators are registered nurses that are also teachers. They serve as faculty members in schools of nursing, teaching hospitals and sometimes in clinical environments. They develop lesson plans, oversee students’ clinical practices, evaluate educational programs and teach courses. As their experience grows they may advance to administrative roles managing nursing education programs, writing and reviewing textbooks, and developing continuing education courses and programs for working nurses.

This is a career that is highly in demand. The United States is currently experiencing a serious nursing shortage and one of the reasons is that many universities must turn away applicants due to a lack of nurse educators to train these future nurses.

The hours and working conditions can also be a factor in considering a Nurse Educator Certificate. Many who work in academic settings get summers off and don’t have the high demand put on their time as those nurses that work caring for patients.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study Graduate Certificate in Nursing Education.

Online/Distance (10 credit hours)

Tuition fees

USD $563 per credit hour


03 Sep, 21 Jan


University of Maine



04469, United States

Entry requirement for international students

Bachelor of Science in Nursing or Master’s or higher graduate degree in nursing from an accredited program.

Undergraduate GPA minimum 3.0 on a 4.0 scale

College level statistics course, minimum grade of B

College level research methods courses, minimum grade of B

Experience as a Registered Nurse. Minimum two years is preferred

Licensure to practice as a Registered Nurse in Maine by date of admission

Official English proficiency examination scores are required from international applicants, unless the applicant has received a degree from an English-speaking institution. The University of Maine Graduate School accepts the following score reports sent directly from the testing agency.

IELTS - Minimum Score: 6.5

TOEFL - Minimum Score: 80

PTE - Minimum Score: 60

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