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This course is designed to expose the learner to theories of teaching and learning, while exploring theories which meet various learner styles. It will address the use of specific teaching theories and methods best suited for various learning experiences required for the education of nurses. It is designed to assist the learner in understanding the importance of evidence-based teaching methods and to examine personal experiences and opinions of effective teaching. Further, the learner will participate in development of a prototype School of Nursing, including mission, philosophy, and curriculum.


Building upon the knowledge and skills learned in Nurse Educator Theory I, this course focuses on design of learning modules, along with developmental assessment and evaluation processes for learners. Students have the opportunity to develop and refine teaching skills for classroom, clinical, and laboratory. Students design data gathering instruments, learn to interpret and repeat findings from assessment instruments that pertain to classroom, clinical, and laboratory performance. In addition, students begin to examine teaching effectiveness and program evaluation.


The graduate student is provided the opportunity to apply knowledge gained from the two theoretical courses in teaching and learning theory. Practicum experiences may be in formal nursing education, staff development, or client education. The role as a professional educator is discussed. This course has conference time for synthesis of experiences at pre-planned intervals. Nurse Educators knowledgeable in education will serve as preceptors for graduate students.

NLN Core Competencies of Nurse Educators (2005)

Nurse educators:

  • Are responsible for creating an environment in classroom, laboratory, and clinical settings that facilitates student learning and the achievement of desired cognitive, affective, and psychomotor outcomes.
  • Recognize their responsibility for helping students develop as nurses and integrate the values and behaviors expected of those who fulfill that role.
  • Use a variety of strategies to assess and evaluate student learning in classroom, laboratory and clinical settings, as well as in all domains of learning.
  • Are responsible for formulating program outcomes and designing curricula that reflect contemporary health care trends and prepare graduates to function effectively in the health care environment.
  • Function as change agents and leaders to create a preferred future for nursing education and nursing practice.
  • Recognize that their role is multidimensional and that an ongoing commitment to develop and maintain competence in the role is essential.
  • Acknowledge that scholarship is an integral component of the faculty role, and that teaching itself is a scholarly activity.
  • Are knowledgeable about the educational environment within which they practice and recognize how political, institutional, social and economic forces impact their role.


The mission and philosophy of the Marian University nursing programs serve as a foundation for the development of graduate nursing program goals, which are to:

  • Provide nursing programs grounded in Judeo-Christian tradition.
  • Prepare learners for life-long learning in formal and informal settings.
  • Provide nursing education that prepares students to practice nursing in various setting with diverse populations.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Marian University post graduate Nurse Educator Certificate program, graduates demonstrate the processes of acquiring/generating knowledge, critical thinking, valuing, decision making, and communicating to:

  • Demonstrate strong critical thinking and decision-making skills;
  • Nurse Educator Pathway: Critically and accurately assess, plan, implement, and evaluate educational programs available to nursing students, staff, and clients to improve delivery of education and to promote health outcomes.
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing with professional and non-professional individuals.
  • Analyze, synthesize, and utilize knowledge required throughout the course of study.

Students enrolled in the post graduate Nursing Educator Certificate are already employed as educators but need the post graduate educator curriculum.

December 2015
One post graduate Nursing Educator Certificate – 100% employment rate

The Nursing Programs offered by the Marian University School of Nursing and Health Professions are approved by the State of Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services, Board of Nursing and are fully accredited through 2024 by:

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
One DuPont Circle, NW, Suite 530
Washington, DC 20036
Tel: (202) 887-6791

Marian University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Students must complete each course with a B or better to progress in the certificate program. Students will need to complete NUR 672 Nurse Educator Theory I prior to NUR 673 Nurse Educator Theory II. Both theory courses must be completed prior to NUR 672 Nurse Educator Practicum and Role Development.

“I was encouraged to participate in several nurse educator courses after beginning my faculty nursing role at Marian, primarily because my masters’ was of a clinical focus as was much of my career experience. The experience brought professional growth, and enhanced awareness of how my critical thinking and knowledge application skills have evolved over the course of the program. This process was a positive exemplar of how my teaching methods will continue to transition based upon personal insights/experiences, increasing knowledge and an awareness of the continuum of best practice advances. The courses were available online brought great flexibility but the instructors were readily accessible and wonderfully supportive. Worthwhile “educating the educator” journey!”

Mary Fischer, MSN, CNM
Assistant Professor
Currently teaching: Senior I Leadership in Nursing Senior II Capstone Clinical Coordinator/Seminar Facilitator
Senior I Population Health Clinical Instructor (Equine Assisted Therapy)

Dr. Janice Edelstein
Associate Professor


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