The University of Massachusetts Amherst
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 for Nursing (NLN) Certification for Nurse Educators*. 

Why choose the UMass Amherst Graduate Certificate in Nursing Education?

The Elaine Marieb 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.

Plan of Study

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 TItle


Teaching in Nursing


Curriculum Devt and Eval Process in Nursing

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


Course TItle


S-Teaching & Learning in Tech -- online summer

EDUC 601A     

Foundations of Higher Educ -- online summer

EDUC 723       

Organizing Higher Education -- online spring/summer

EDUC 621

Managing Higher Education -- online fall 


Community College Foundations -- online fall 


Creativity, Tech, and Learning -- online fall 


Foundations and Theories of Learning 


Social Issues in Education


Integrating Tech with Instruction


Community College Leadership


College Impact on Students

EDUC 674

Leading Higher Education

Teaching Practicum:


Course Title


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

Click here to complete the online application for the Nursing Education Certificate. There is rolling admission for this program, so you may start in any semester.  

Cost per credit:  $825 plus a $60 registration fee per semester. (Note: costs are subject to change). 

Need More Information? 

If you have a specific question about this program, please complete the information request form.



* Note: As with our graduate degrees, requirements for professional certifications are defined by industry associations. Our certificate programs prepare students to take the national certification exams in their respective specialization area. Our programs meet these requirements.