"The online format allows for flexible learning, interaction with students from afar, the understanding of on-line learning and its benefits (as this is certainly the wave of the future), the knowledge and compassion of the teachers and the institution as a whole."
- Tamara C. Johnson, Student
Saint Xavier University
Online Masters in Curriculum and Instruction
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Does this program make me a certified Nurse Educator?
In the past, students were required to complete two years of classroom work to be eligible to sit for the exam. This is no longer the case. Students may sit for the Nurse Educator exam if they have their MSN and have completed nine credit hours of Nurse Educator courses, which is what our certificate program entails. Please visit www.NLN.org for more information.
Does the program focus more on informal or formal teaching?
The program addresses both formal and informal teaching practice. Students will focus on educational models, evaluation, theoretical approaches to teaching and learning, and additional concerns of the educational environment, which can be applied to formal settings, such as a school of nursing, and informal ones, such as training within the clinical setting.
Does the program focuses specifically on the needs of adult learners?
Yes. The course Learning Principles and Instructional Methods for the Adult Learner specifically addresses issues and trends in continuing and adult education. Issues pertaining to those areas are also addressed throughout the course.
Is there a clinical or residency requirement for the program?
No. The online program is designed to allow nurses to balance their study and coursework with their work responsibilities within their current positions. However, there is a mentored practicum that can be arranged at a facility convenient to your location.
How does the practicum work?
Practicum experiences provide opportunities for students to apply content from the theory courses in an advanced nursing education settings. Working with a faculty preceptor, the student arranges for a teaching experience at a facility that is located near them.
Can I take one or two of the Nurse Educator courses without taking the entire certificate program?
Yes. Students may take either or both of the first two courses without taking the third course (the practicum). However, you must take the first two classes in order to take the practicum.
Is this the only nursing program Saint Xavier University offers online?
No. We also offer an MSN in Clinical Leadership as well as an MSN in Executive Leadership. You can call us at (866) 319-8966 with questions about these programs or request more information.
Have more questions about the online Nurse Educator certificate? Call us at (866) 319-8966 to speak with a Program Manager, or request more information.
Founded in 1846 by the Sisters of Mercy, Saint Xavier University is a private, Catholic, comprehensive university grounded in the tradition of the liberal arts.
Chicago's oldest Catholic University now adds its online, global Saint Xavier campus to the existing campuses in Chicago and Orland Park.
As one of 16 colleges and universities sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Saint Xavier University educates approximately 5,100 students each year.
Saint Xavierís Catholic tradition promotes ethical development, service to the community, and a search for truth via observation, analysis, and debate. We have a long history of educating students to prepare them for professional success and lay the foundation for personal fulfillment with values such as to explore and respect different viewpoints, work for the betterment of the community, and engage students in the pursuit of lifelong learning.
Saint Xavier continues this tradition throughout our online curriculum with support from experienced faculty, stimulating discussions among a diverse student body, and rigorous coursework.
SXU holds regional accreditation (the highest level of accreditation for institutions of higher education) from the Higher Learning Commission, which is recognized by the US Department of Education and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). In addition: