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Salem State's nursing education certificate is offered for academic credit. The certificate is awarded at the completion of all four courses. If the student desires to pursue the master of science in nursing (MSN), upon admissions to the graduate nursing program, these credits may be applied toward the MSN.

Facts and Figures about Program Graduates

  • 64

    Program Graduates since it's Launch 2015
  • 75

    Said they felt well prepared for a roles as a nurse educator
  • 20

    Graduates are now are full-time nurse educators

Program Overview

Salem State's post-master's degree certificate in nursing education is designed for registered nurses who already have a master's degree in nursing and would like to become nurse faculty, clinical faculty, simulation designer, or professional development educator.

Often when universities and healthcare organizations are looking to hire nurse educators, they want to be sure the applicant can teach. The post-master's degree certificate in nursing education is that documentation.

The certificate program is designed over two semesters. The fall semester includes two courses: Teaching and Learning in Nursing Education and Curriculum Development. Within these two courses, you will be introduced to the most effective ways to teach and develop curriculum suited for today's fast-paced and technologically driven healthcare arena. The spring semester includes a teaching practicum and seminar class, which meets monthly. The teaching practicum can be custom designed for your learning needs. However, you must precept with a masters-prepared nurse educator for at least 125 hours throughout the semester.


Program Highlights

  • The faculty teaching this certificate program is a nationally certified nurse educator with extensive teaching experience and research in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL).
  • Small class sizes (typically 10-15)
  • Evening hybrid courses (typically 4:30-7 pm and meets face-to-face at least six times/semester)
  • Classes are largely flipped classroom; students prepare for class and class time is mostly a discussion of concepts
  • Time is set aside for actual teaching presentations
  • Potential to conduct research and disseminate innovative teaching practices (publish or present at professional organizations
  • Faculty have office hours for more support
  • With the post-master's certificate in nursing education, you can apply to take the NLN Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) exam or the NLN Certified Clinical Nurse CNE-cl Educator exam and with three years of nursing practice

Meet the Program Coordinator

Cheryl Williams, program coordinator and associate professor, School of Nursing

Cheryl Williams

“I love nursing because you can always find something new to learn.”

With over 30 years of experience in both health care and educational settings, Cheryl Williams joined the Salem State's School of Nursing eager to educate and prepare the next generation of nurses. In her role as associate professor, she is responsible for teaching, service and research. Beyond the classroom, she serves as President-elect of the Massachusetts/Rhode Island League for Nursing. Learn more about Professor Williams and her research.

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Have Questions?

Whether you want to learn more about courses, faculty members or general program information, get in touch with the graduate program coordinator to see what this program has to offer you.

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