Post-Master’s Nursing Education CERTIFICATE
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A Nursing Education certificate enables experienced professional nurses to combine their clinical expertise with a passion for teaching. If you have a master’s or doctoral degree in nursing and a desire to help develop a nursing workforce committed to healthcare quality and safety, this graduate certificate program provides the opportunity to take the next, perhaps most rewarding, step in your career.
Designed to accommodate your busy schedule, the online program gives you the skills to prepare students for evidence-based practice and research. You will learn to implement instructional strategies for both face-to-face and online environments, as well as construct appropriate curricula, teaching materials, and evaluation strategies that provide practical, up-to-date educational experiences.
Those who earn the Hopkins Post-Master’s Nursing Education Certificate enjoy careers in instructional or administrative positions as faculty in schools of nursing, staff development, or continuing education; educate prelicensure master’s and doctoral students in a variety of academic settings; and maintain dual roles as educators and direct patient care providers.
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The 12-credit program is comprised of four 3-credit courses chosen from the list below. Faculty advise students regarding their individual program plan.
Teaching Strategies in Nursing (3 credits) *
Teaching Practicum (1-3 credits)
Online Teaching and Learning: Development and Instruction (3 credits)
Evaluation: From Individual to Program (3 credits) *
Teaching Practicum (1-3 credits)
Curriculum Theory & Design (3 credits) *
Teaching Practicum (1-3 credits)
* To enroll in the teaching practicum students must complete these prerequisite courses or obtain permission from the instructor.
The Teaching Practicum is not required to earn the certificate but, if taken, the Teaching Practicum should be the final course in the sequence.
Note: Curriculum, credit hours, and course offerings are subject to change.
“I’ve learned how to be a better teacher.”Lisa-Marie Williams
When informatics expert Lisa-Marie Williams spent a year as a hospital-based nurse educator, she enjoyed the work, but knew that she could do better. The Johns Hopkins Nurse Educator certificate option gave her the knowledge she was looking for.
“I’ve learned how to be a better teacher and how to approach students from several different avenues,” she says.
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2023 – 2024
Scholarships & Grants: Grants are awards based on financial need that do not have to be repaid. Many students also benefit from scholarships and awards based on merit. Learn more.
Loans: Many students will avail themselves of loans to help finance their School of Nursing education. If necessary, we encourage you to borrow only what is absolutely essential to cover your educational costs. Learn more.
Employment: Many students locate part-time employment to help pay education expenses. Numerous positions are available on campus and within various community based organizations. These jobs provide students with opportunities to gain practical work experience. Most positions are funded through the Federal Work-Study Program. Learn more.
Frequently Asked Questions
Graduates of the Nursing Education Post-Master’s Certificate are eligible to sit for the NLN Certified Nurse Educator examination once they have met the eligibility requirements:
Licensure as an active registered nurse in the U.S. or its territories
Master’s or doctoral degree with a major emphasis in nursing education
Nine or more credit hours of graduate-level education courses
Two years or more of full-time employment in the academic faculty role within the past five years
Licensure as a active registered nurse in the U.S. or its territories
Master’s or doctoral degree in nursing with a major emphasis in a role other than nursing education
Four years or more of full-time employment in the academic faculty role within the past five years.
Applicants are required to complete the online application for admission. If you meet the criteria for admission to the program, you will receive a letter of acceptance once the application has been processed and reviewed. Apply to become a Nurse Educator
Adding the Nursing Education Post-Master’s Certificate for Master’s Specialty Track and Doctoral Students:
Students who are currently enrolled in a Master’s Specialty Track or Doctoral degree program at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing and wish to add the Post Master’s Nurse Educator Certificate must submit a written request to the Office of Admissions. A second program application is not required.
Note: Financial aid recipients must notify the Financial Aid office when changing or adding a degree or certificate program. Those in F-1 status must notify the International Services office for a new I-20 to reflect the change in program. Students using VA benefits must notify the VA Certifying Official in the Registrar’s Office when changing or adding a degree or certificate.
The program can be completed in four semesters if the student takes one course each semester.
You will meet with your assigned advisor to determine which courses you wish to include in your program of study. It is preferable that you choose courses which build on your past experience, prior coursework and career goals. You must earn a total of 12 credits in order to attain the certificate.
You may choose to enroll in a single course or fewer than four of the courses without earning a certificate. You can return to the School at a later time and complete the additional courses required for the certificate. Coursework must be completed within three years.
The teaching practicum can be designed with a master teacher in the classroom, in the clinical area, or in a combination of the two settings. The practicum can be one to three credits.
Students enrolled solely in this certificate program are not eligible for federal student aid. Students typically fund this certificate via private loans, employer benefits, or out of pocket. However, additional funding, such as federal student aid, may be available if this certificate is in conjunction with a degree seeking program such as a DNP or PhD. There may also be other forms of aid available for students completing this program in conjunction with another degree.
At least one letter should come from a recent or current direct supervisor/manager (the person who is responsible for your performance evaluation)
At least one letter should come from an academic faculty member who can speak to your ability to successfully complete a demanding graduate level academic and clinical program.
The third letter can come from a second academic faculty member or an individual in a leadership position who can speak to your clinical abilities.
Personal references from colleagues, friends, or family members do not meet the requirement.
If you are unable to provide one of the reference letters above, please upload a statement of explanation to your application.
Please include the following information in your resume or CV:
Work experience (include dates, sites and locations; paid and unpaid; any residency participation)
Scholarly activities (research, presentations, publications, honors, awards)
Professional activities (leadership, certifications, professional organization membership, service on committees)