Post-Master's Certificate in Nursing Education

About the Program

Want to train the next generation of nurses? Our CCNE certified Post-Master's Certificate in Nursing Education provides the coursework and the teaching experiences necessary to become a nurse educator in a variety of educational and clinical settings. The program is online and can be combined with our Doctor of Nursing Practice.

The NIU School of Nursing has received many honors, including the Best Nursing School for Men in Nursing Award and a ranking in the top 10 percent nationally by We are proud that Presidential Teaching Professor Jeanette Rossetti is among our ranks, Our graduates are in demand due in part to the strong reputation of the School of Nursing and its highly acclaimed faculty and instructors

Program Mode of Delivery

100% of your courses are online. You will also have in-person clinicals.


Coursework includes classes, simulated laboratory experiences and two internships focused on supervised teaching experiences.

NURS 603 - Nursing Education Practicum: Direct Care (2) (if not completed within the previous three years)
NURS 621 - Foundations in Nursing Education I (3)
NURS 622 - Foundations in Nursing Education II (4)
NURS 623 - Nursing Education Practicum: Classroom Setting (3)

Information about specific course requirements can be found in the NIU course catalog.

Applying to the Program

Submit the following to the School of Nursing:

  • A post-master’s certificate application  (pdf)
  • An official transcript from your master’s degree program in nursing
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • A copy of your current Illinois RN license
  • A one-page, single-spaced professional goals statement

If accepted into the certificate program, apply to the NIU Graduate School as a student-at-large and submit an official undergraduate transcript to the Graduate School. 

Submit all of the above application materials to:

School of Nursing
Graduate Nursing Admissions Committee – Attn: Professor Kate Coulter
Northern Illinois University  
1240 Normal Road  
DeKalb, IL 60115-2864


Why NIU Online?

We know you have responsibilities and commitments. It's just easier if you're able to take classes where you are without the commute. The good news is that with NIU, you're not alone. Your classmates and instructors are available via the same technology that helps deliver your classes. In our classrooms or in your living room, we want you to succeed academically because your future is our focus.

Program Type: Online post-master's certificate 
College: College of Health and Human Sciences, School of Nursing
Credits Required: 11-13 credits
Tuition per Credit: $505.00 (Learn more about tuition and fees)

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Application Deadlines

For applicants residing in the U.S.

Term Deadline
Fall August 15
Spring December 13


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