Teaching/Learning in Nursing and Health Sciences Certificate

About the Program

The Teaching/Learning in Nursing and Health Sciences Certificate provides academic preparation for a career in education in a variety of contexts. The courses focus on theories and processes related to instructional design and delivery, learner assessment and evaluation, and curriculum design and development. The certificate includes a capstone course where students apply and synthesize content in a practicum experience (90 contact hours) that is individualized to students' needs, interests, and career goals.

Consider this program if you are or wish to become:

  • Faculty member in nursing or other health science
  • Staff Educator
  • Health Educator
  • Client/Patient Educator

This online program consists of four courses (3 semester hours each) and can be completed in three to four semesters of part-time study. Courses are offered during the fall, spring, and summer terms.

Students enrolled in UIC graduate programs may also enroll in the certificate or take individual courses as electives.


Course content was designed to prepare students to meet the education requirements for the Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) examination offered by the National League for Nursing (NLN). Students who wish to sit for the examination will also need a masterÔÇÖs or doctoral degree in nursing and experience in the academic faculty role. Please see the NLN website for more information.

Program Costs

Because the Teaching/Learning Certificate is a fully online program, students are assessed online tuition. The current online-tuition rate can be found here: https://registrar.uic.edu/tuition/grad/ . Students currently enrolled in a UIC graduate program are charged range tuition.ÔÇØ

Admission Criteria

The following criteria must be met for admission:

1. Baccalaureate degree with a minimum GPA of 2.75/4.00 in the last 60 hours.

2. Prior teaching experience in at least one area of health care (students, staff, clients/patients or consumers) is preferred.

Certificate Requirements

In order to receive the Teaching/Learning in Nursing and Health Sciences Certificate, students must complete the following courses:

Teaching/Learning Certificate Requirements

Course # Course Title and Description Semester Hours
NUEL 510 Instructional Design and Delivery in Nursing and Health SciencesComprehensive introduction to teaching/learning theory, methods, and strategies for instruction and enhancement of learning in the classroom, clinical, and online. 3
NUEL 511 Curriculum Processes in Nursing and Health Sciences
Comprehensive introduction to processes relevant to the design and implementation of a curriculum from foundational concepts through outcomes monitoring.
NUEL 512 Evaluation and Assessment in Nursing and Health Sciences
Evaluation theory and strategies for evaluating student learning, courses, and programs in multiple settings and contexts.
NUEL 513 Teaching/Learning Synthesis in Nursing and Health Sciences
Synthesis and application of teaching/learning theories, methods, and strategies for instructional design and delivery, learner/course/program evaluation and assessment, curricular processes in individualized settings and contexts.Prerequisite(s): Credit or concurrent registration in NUEL 510 and credit or concurrent registration in NUEL 511 and credit or concurrent registration in NUEL 512; and consent of the instructor.



All courses, except for NUEL 513, can be taken in any sequence. NUEL 513 must be taken last or concurrently with another course in the final semester. See the Schedule of Classes for course offerings. No transfer credit will be accepted toward the certificate.

Academic Policies
Students in the Teaching/Learning Certificate are held to the academic policies of the UIC College of Nursing, which state that students are expected to maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 (ÔÇ£BÔÇØ average) throughout the program. See the Academic Standards and PoliciesÔÇöGraduate section of the College of Nursing Student Handbook for more information. Students wishing to transfer academic credit earned in the certificate program to a graduate degree program must receive a minimum grade of ÔÇ£BÔÇØ in each course to be transferred.

Additional Requirements 
Students will need access to a computer and the Internet.

How to Apply

APPLICATION DEADLINES: April 15 (Summer), July 15 (Fall), November 15 (Spring)

The Teaching/Learning Certificate admits during the fall and spring semesters. Prospective students are encouraged to complete the application process early. All application materials must be submitted by deadline for full consideration.

Please visit the Admission Criteria page before applying to the College of Nursing ÔÇô School Nurse Certificate Program.

Steps to Apply

Certificate Programs (except School Nurse Certificate)

Current UIC Students

  • Students who are currently in a graduate or professional program at the College of Nursing should contact the Office of Academic Programs to add the teaching/learning certificate to their record. No formal application is required.

External Students

Apply through UICÔÇÖs Online Graduate Application ÔÇô http://applygrad.uic.edu/  Once you are in the application, click on the link for Intended Program. Select Campus Certificate for type of program and then Teaching/Learning Certificate for your Intended Program

All additional application materials will be uploaded directly to the application. A completed application will include the following:

  • BachelorÔÇÖs degree transcript plus any nursing transcripts that were not part of your bachelorÔÇÖs degree. Please do not mail or electronically send any transcripts to the College of Nursing nor to the Admissions Office. Transcripts must be uploaded directly to the application
  • Resume or CV
  • Nursing Supplement ÔÇô a series of Certificate specific questions that will appear as a link within the application once you select School Nurse as your program
  • One letter of recommendation which ideally should come a supervisor, a certified master's level nurse who knows your quality of work, former instructors, or anyone who can speak to your professional and scholastic abilities. Within the application you will provide the name and e-mail of your reference and they will be sent a link to submit the recommendation. Recommendation letters should not be e-mailed nor mailed into the College of Nursing.


Applications to Certificate programs will not be reviewed by the College of Nursing faculty until after the application deadline for the semester in which the applicant is seeking admission. Applicants are generally notified of their admission status within 30 days of the application deadline.


Nondiscrimination Statement

The commitment of the University of Illinois to the most fundamental principles of academic freedom, equality of opportunity, and human dignity requires that decisions involving students and employees be based on individual merit and be free from invidious discrimination in all its forms.

The University of Illinois will not engage in discrimination or harassment against any person because of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation including gender identity, unfavorable discharge from the military or status as a protected veteran and will comply with all federal and state nondiscrimination, equal opportunity and affirmative action laws, orders and regulations. This nondiscrimination policy applies to admissions, employment, access to and treatment in the University programs and activities.

University complaint and grievance procedures provide employees and students with the means for the resolution of complaints that allege a violation of this Statement. Members of the public should direct their inquiries or complaints to the appropriate equal opportunity office.

Policy Council 
Revised May 31, 2005

For additional information or assistance with the equal opportunity, affirmative action, and harassment policies and procedures of the University of Illinois at Chicago, please contact:

Office for Access and Equity (M/C 602)
717 Marshfield Avenue Building 
809 South Marshfield Avenue 
Chicago, IL 60612-7207 
Phone: (312) 996-8670

Grievance Procedures

UIC is committed to the most fundamental principles of academic freedom, equality of opportunity, and human dignity involving students and employees. Freedom from discrimination is a foundation for all decision making at UIC. Students are encouraged to study the University's "Nondiscrimination Statement". Students are also urged to read the document "Public Formal Grievance Procedures". Information on these policies and procedures is available on the University web pages of the Office of Access and Equity: www.uic.edu/depts/oae.


Although a reversal of an initial decision is unlikely, an applicant may appeal a denial of admission. Appeals may be submitted only by the applicant and must contain significant new information that was not part of the original application. This does not include grades received after the after application deadline or missing application materials (including late recommendations).

If an applicant chooses to appeal, the appeal must specify the decision being challenged and the basis or bases for that challenge, and must request a specific remedy. Appeals must be in the form of a written request to the College of Nursing. Further details can be found on the Graduate College's University Regulations website.

Contact Us

For questions about the program, contact:

Teresa Krassa, PhD, RN, CNE
Clinical Assistant Professor 
Email: tjkrassa@uic.edu

For questions about the application process, contact:

UIC College of Nursing Office of Academic Programs
E-mail: con@uic.edu