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 master’s 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.”

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 (“B” average) throughout the program. See the Academic Standards and Policies—Graduate 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 “B” in each course to be transferred.

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

How to Apply

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

The Certificate programs admit during the fall, spring, and summer semesters. Prospective students are encouraged to complete the application process early. All application materials, including unofficial transcripts, recommendations, resumes, and supplemental application forms must be submitted by deadline for full consideration.

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Steps to Apply

Certificate Programs (except School Nurse Certificate)

Current UIC Students

  • Students who are currently in a graduate program at the College of Nursing should contact the Operations Coordinator (Office of Academic Programs) to complete a "Change of Record" form in order to request this certificate be added to your transcript. No Graduate Application is required.

Non-UIC Students

      1. Application Type: Graduate IBHE Certificate
      2. Planned Course of Study and Major: Non-Degree Palliative Care Nursing (Campus Certificate)

  • Submit the non-refundable application fee of $60 for both domestic and international students.

A completed application requires the following items. Additional instructions on how to complete the Graduate Application can be found online at Apply to UIC.

  • Unofficial college/university transcripts reflecting most recently completed degree (bachelor's or higher) uploaded to the Graduate Application.*
  • Current resume uploaded to the Graduate Application.*
  • Copy of current nursing license uploaded to the Graduate Application.*
  • Completed College of Nursing Supplemental application uploaded to the Graduate Application.*
  • Two letters of recommendation. Recommendations should come from a supervisor, former instructors, or anyone who can speak to your professional and scholastic abilities. It is preferred to have letters of recommendation from those with a graduate level degree. Personal references from friends, relatives or co-workers will automatically be disregarded.
  • Applicants who have attended an international college or University may be required to submit the TOEFL/IELTS exam. Please see the International Admissions requirements for TOEFL requirements.

* Upon submitting the UIC Graduate Application, applicants will receive an email notification within 1-7 business days from the Office of Admissions directing you to your application login webpage where you can begin uploading required items one at a time, as necessary. Please prepare an electronic copy of the required application materials in PDF format (a .doc Word file is also acceptable) so that they are available when requested. Click here for instructions on how to upload items to your application.


Additional materials are required of International applicants, including:

  • TOEFL OR IELTS scores
  • University or college issued transcripts or mark sheets for all undergraduate work in the original language
  • University or college issued transcripts or mark sheets for all post-baccalaureate work in the original language
  • Certified English translation of all credentials
  • Proof of all degrees awarded
  • For postsecondary coursework completed at an institution outside of the United States, applicants must request a Full Education Course-by-Course Report evaluation from the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Schools CGFNS.
  • International applicants licensed in a political jurisdiction outside of the U.S. must also request the Validation of Registration/License Report from CGFNS.

Upon recommendation for admission from the College of Nursing, international applicants will be required to supply evidence of financial support for the first year of study. Visit the Office of Admissions' International Admission Requirements for further explanation of requirements.



Applications to Certificate programs will not be reviewed by the IHCI 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.


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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:

Catherine Vincent, PhD, RN
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs 
Email: vincentc@uic.edu

For questions about the application process, contact:

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