Post-Master's Certificate: Nursing Education


Individuals who have a master's degree in nursing may be considered for admission to a Post-master's Certificate in Nursing Education. A nurse educator is a registered nurse who has advanced education, including advanced clinical training in a health care specialty. Nurse educators working in academic settings assume roles as part-time instructors, full-time academic teachers and scholars, and academic administrators such as deans and directors of nursing programs. Nurse Educators may also work in clinical settings as a Clinical Nurse Educator, Staff Development Officer, or Continuing Education Specialist. Nurse educators are responsible for preparing and mentoring current and future generations of nurses, strengthening the nursing workforce, serving as role models, and providing the leadership needed to implement evidence-based practice.

Marketable Skills

Defined by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board's 60x30 Strategic Plan as, "Those skills valued by employers that can be applied in a variety of work settings, including interpersonal, cognitive, and applied skills areas. These skills can be either primary or complementary to a major and are acquired by students through education, including curricular, co-curricular, and extracurricular activities."

  1. Think analytically and use analytical tools to make decisions.
  2. Work well within a diverse organization.
  3. Identify problems and determine the best solutions.


All students must meet the University requirements as outlined in the Admission to the TWU Graduate School section of the catalog.

This academic program may have additional admission criteria that must also be completed as outlined on the program's website.

Degree Requirements

Total Semester Credit Hours Required

26 semester credit hours (SCH).

BIOL 5333Advanced Pathophysiology3
NURS 5203Theoretical Bases for Nursing Education3
NURS 5253Curriculum Design and Management in Nursing3
NURS 5294Teaching Practicum in Nursing4
NURS 5644Advanced Assessment/Differential Diagnosis4
NURS 5663Pharmacotherapeutics for Advanced Nursing Practice3
Choose two of the following6
Educational Communication and Technologies of Education
Measurement and Assessment in Nursing
Evaluation Models for Curriculum Management
Total SCHs26
If a student in one of the certificate options is practicing as an advanced practice registered nurse and is currently credentialed by the Texas Board of Nursing as an advanced practice registered nurse, the advanced pathophysiology, pharmacotherapeutics, and advanced assessment courses must have been completed no more than six years earlier. If not, this coursework will need to be repeated for the new certificate.