Certificate of Graduate Study in Nursing - Education
This nine-credit certificate program prepares students to teach in entry- and master's-level nursing programs in both didactic and clinical courses and engage in other professional roles such as staff development. Three required courses (three credits each) for this certificate provide a foundation in theories of nursing education, external factors that influence nursing education, curricular models, teaching methodologies and strategies, and critical analysis of theories of learning and teaching. All courses will be offered as blended courses (some low residency required). The third course has a low-residency requirement as it entails a clinical practicum with supervision by faculty and an identified preceptor for either a didactic and/or clinical experiential component.
Curriculum (9 credits):
NUR 636 Foundations of Nursing Education – 3 credits
NUR 637 Methods of Education in Nursing – 3 credits
NUR 638 Education Practicum and Seminar – 3 credits
Commitment to Civility
The concepts of community and social justice are central to the mission and philosophy of the USM School of Nursing. Faculty, students, and staff are committed to promoting a healthy and just environment that supports transformative learning, academic integrity, open communication, and personal and professional growth among the diverse members of our academic community. We believe that these commitments are grounded in intellectual openness, in personal and professional accountability, and in the democratic values of inclusivity and mutual respect which are guided by rational discourse and by a relational ethic of care.
We are grateful for the opportunities to learn and work with peoples of diverse ethnic, racial, religious, cultural, political, social, and economic backgrounds as well as with people who are disabled and people of different gender, sexual orientation, and age. Acknowledging the ethics and values that underlie the health professions, it is our belief that these ethics and values should be recognized, practiced, and cultivated in our learning and work environments. Our goal is to increase the awareness of students, staff, and faculty to the importance of civility, its implications, and the behaviors that are acceptable and not acceptable in our learning community.
Civility is the art of treating others, as well as ourselves, with respect, dignity, and care. Civility is apparent when we are sensitive to the impact that our communications, practices, and behaviors have on others, and when we acknowledge each person's self-worth and unique contributions to the community as a whole.
As members of the School, we are committed to learning and practicing in ways that support a caring and socially just community. The following are examples of how we create and sustain civility.
- Support the autonomy and just treatment of self and others by facilitating an open, respectful, and caring environment.
- Accept responsibility and accountability for one's own behavior when interacting with students, faculty, and staff.
- Respect and protect the rights and property of others.
- Speak or behave in a manner that does not disrupt or interfere with the learning or work of others.
- Practice personal and academic integrity and expect it from others.
- Demonstrate respect for others by actively discouraging discriminatory conduct, violence, coercion, or intimidation against any member of the academic community.
- Demonstrate a willingness to listen and be open to hearing the perspectives of others. This includes actively seeking to hear from and making a safe space for voices of dissent.
- Explore controversial issues through open dialogue and respectful deliberation.
- Respect freedom of expression while recognizing that such tolerance does not require agreement with expressed ideas.
- Engage institutional resources and persons to resolve conflict when necessary.
We will not tolerate harassing or discriminatory conduct of any kind. Everyone has the responsibility to foster a safe and supportive learning and work environment. This can include any individual asking others to stop disrespectful or abusive speech and/or disruptive behavior. Collectively, faculty, staff, and students in the School of Nursing are responsible for ensuring a safe and supportive learning and work environment. Approved by SON faculty 01/26/12
Spring semester admission–October 1
Fall semester admission–April 1
- A degree with a major in nursing from a degree program accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education or the National League for Nursing
- Completion of the Application for a Certificate of Graduate Study (CGS) which can be found at http://usm.maine.edu/grad and application fee.
- Current resume.
In addition to the materials described in the Admissions Information section, applicants for this program must submit:
- Completion of a program selection form.
- Two letters of reference reflecting professional practice and academic achievement.
- Evidence (photocopy) of unencumbered current licensure as a registered professional nurse in Maine.
- An essay reflective of professional goals.
Deadline: April 1 for fall admission, October 1 for spring admission
Admission Information and Links:
- Application for Graduate Certificate Program
- Program Selection Form
- How to submit recommendation letters (video)
- Request Information (Online Form)