Graduate Certificate - Nurse Educator - Distance Education

The Graduate Certificate in Nursing Education is designed to prepare nurses who have a BSN or MSN to become educational leaders in academic settings. This certificate consists of four courses, for a total of twelve semester hours and can be completed within one calendar year. The Graduate Certificate provides students with the coursework needed to enhance the student's professional teaching skills. Students are admitted for the Spring term.

Admission Requirements

General requirements for graduate students at UNC Charlotte can be found on the Graduate Admissions website. Additional information can be found on our Frequently Asked Questions page.

In addition to the general requirements for admission to the Graduate School, the following are required for admission to the Gradute Certificate - Nurse Educator program:

  1. A BSN or Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree from a nationally accredited program.
  2. Current unrestricted licensure as a Registered Nurse.
  3. One official transcript of all academic work attempted beyond high school.
  4. Essay (statement of purpose) in application packet should include a description of a selected area of specialization in nursing practice. It is expected that the student will develop a portfolio demonstrating expertise in a specialization during this program of study.
  5. Three letters of professional recommendation.
  6. Access to computer within minimum requirements for online courses. Current minimum computer hardware specifications are listed by Distance Education.

Application Instructions

Application Deadline: Applications are reviewed after the October 1 Graduate School deadline.

Process: All applications are submitted online to the Graduate School using Apply Yourself. Information about the Apply Yourself application system can be obtained from Graduate Admissions.

Graduate Admissions
UNC Charlotte
Cato 210
9201 University City Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28223-0001
704-687-5503 (phone)
704-687-1668 (fax)


This program requires 12 semester hours as follows:


NURS 6301 - Curriculum and Instruction in Nursing Education (3)   Summer
NURS 6302 - Trends and Issues in Nursing Education (3)
NURS 6303 - Instructional Technology in Nursing Education (3)   Fall
NURS 6304 - Teaching Practicum in Nursing Education (3)

Additional Certificate Requirements

A total of 15 hours of supervised classroom teaching experience, individually arranged, is required.

Contact Information

Interim Associate Director for Graduate Programs
Dr. David Langford, PhD, RN
UNC Charlotte School of Nursing
Charlotte, North Carolina

UNC Charlotte Distance Education Office
John McCulley
Program Manager, Distance Education

The program brochure and technical requirements are also available on the Distance Education website.

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