Master of Science in Nursing Educator Specialty Track

Chamberlain College of Nursing’s MSN Educator Specialty Track prepares you to teach in academic and clinical-practice settings, as well as continue on for further graduate study. Coursework includes educational foundations, instructional methods, program assessment and evaluation and curriculum development. Students complete a 100-hour practicum in their own geographic location, allowing them to further develop their skills with the support of an experienced nurse educator.

Chamberlain’s curriculum provides the core competencies identified by the National League for Nursing (NLN) and prepares graduates to take the Certified Nurse Educator exam.

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Educator Specialty Track Curriculum

NR-523 Assessment & Evaluation Techniques in Education – 3 Credits

This course examines the logic and theory of educational measurement. Assessment and evaluation concepts, in addition to models and frameworks, are compared and analyzed for applicability in the evaluation, assessment and quality assurance processes of curriculum implementation. Practical application of measurement theory to the construction and use of educational assessment and evaluation instruments is provided. Prerequisites: NR-522

NR-524 Curriculum Development – 3 Credits

This course focuses on the processes of curriculum development. Students examine traditional and innovative program development applied to various educational environments. Curriculum and instruction are analyzed within a theoretical framework. Prerequisites: NR-521

NR-525: Theoretical Foundations and Instructional Strategies in Teaching and Learning – 3 Credits

This course explores teaching and learning models and strategies within the theoretical foundations of education. Exploration of the application of teaching and learning theory and a variety of instructional strategies to various learning settings and diverse population groups will be explored. Prerequisites: NR-500, NR-501, NR-504, NR-505, NR-506, NR-512, NR-524, NR-526. Available November 2014.

NR-526: Advanced Pathophysiology, Health Assessment, and Pharmacology for Nurse Educators – 3 Credits

This course builds upon undergraduate nursing education and practice experience to refine and further develop nursing knowledge and skills related to pathophysiology, health assessment, and pharmacology across the life span. The focus is on advanced knowledge and skills needed by nurse educators in both direct- and indirect-care roles. Prerequisites: NR-500, NR-501, NR-504, NR-505, NR-506, NR-512. Available January 2015.

NR-620 Education Practicum – 3 Credits  (Theory 0.5, Practicum 2.5)

This course emphasizes the application of teaching and learning theories and concepts in the educator role. The student demonstrates the competencies essential to the educator. The role is implemented, applied and analyzed in an academic or clinical practice setting, in collaboration with a nurse educator mentor. Evidence-based teaching strategies are developed and implemented in the selected educational environment. Prerequisites: NR-523

NR-660 Capstone – 3 Credits

This capstone course provides an intensive experience in critical analysis, designed to broaden students’ perspectives and provide an opportunity for the integration of knowledge gained throughout the curriculum. Students must complete a scholarly project, which synthesizes advanced knowledge and skills, to address an area of relevance to professional nursing in nursing informatics, leadership or education. Prerequisite: NR-500 and all courses in the specialty track chosen by the student, including the practicum course(s).

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Dee McGonigle"We see educating our students as more than a job. It’s our responsibility as nurses— in fact, it is our duty for the future of nursing.”

Dee McGonigle, PhD, MSN, RN, FAAN Chamberlain MSN Professor

Nursing Education Career Opportunities

The MSN Educator specialty track prepares you for roles including:

  • Nurse educator
  • Patient educator
  • Community health leader
  • Staff development leader