Graduate Programs

Graduate Certificate in Nursing Education

The Graduate Certificate in Nursing Education prepares registered nurses to work in education roles in colleges, universities and clinical settings.

Students in our Clinical Nurse Leader (MS-CNL), Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and PhD programs may elect to complete the GCNE in addition to the requirements of their programs.  The program is also available to nurses and nursing faculty who are not enrolled in one of our other programs and who wish to develop and enhance their teaching skills.

Students who complete the GCNE program and have a master's or doctoral degree in nursing will qualify to take the National League of Nursing (NLN) Certification for Nurse Educators. 

Why choose the UMass Amherst Graduate Certificate in Nursing Education?

The UMass Amherst College of Nursing offers the benefits and resources of a large, prestigious research university as well as expertise in online education.

The Nursing faculty includes renowned professors whose widely published research puts them at the forefront of their fields and enriches the quality of their teaching.

Program Description

The GCNE consists of a flexible 5-course (15 credit) program of study focused on knowledge and skills required to teach nursing.  All Nursing courses are offered online.

The curriculum includes:

  • Two required core nursing courses
  • Two electives in Education
  • A capstone teaching practicum

Required courses:

Course

Course TItle

NUR 642

Teaching in Nursing

NUR 697T

Curriculum Devt and Eval Process in Nursing

Two electives in Education:
Some possible electives offered by the College of Education are:

Course

Course TItle

EDUC 595K

Intro to College Teaching

EDUC 692K

Foundations and Theories of Learning 

EDUC 691E

Social Issues in Education

EDUC 615G

Integrating Tech with Instruction

EDUC 615K Community College Leadership

EDUC 615T

College Impact on Students

EDUC 674 Leading Higher Education

Teaching Practicum:

Course

Course Title

Nur 698T

Teaching Practicum in Nursing

This final culminating practicum course provides the framework, mentorship, and coaching for graduate students to develop skills in teaching in the classroom, in clinical settings, and in an online environment.

Application Process

Download the application form on this page and submit it to the College of Nursing as instructed on the form. There is rolling admission for this program, so you may start at any time!

Need More Information?

Complete the information request form or contact:
Cynthia Mendoza
026 Skinner Hall
Tel: 413.577.2322
Email: cmendoza@nursing.umass.edu