Nursing Education Graduate Certificate

Contact Info

For questions about the program and admissions process, contact:

Victoria Hough

Dr. Nancy Kelly
Term Assistant Professor

Nancy Kelly

This program combines foundation courses in education with courses in the principles and practices of nursing education. It prepares students to function in nursing educational roles in academic and nonacademic settings.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must hold a master's degree in nursing. Applicants must meet the admission standards and application requirements specified in the Admission chapter of the catalog and apply using the online Application for Graduate Admission. The application process is competitive, and applications are considered for the fall semester only. For application deadlines and detailed application requirements, please refer to Graduate Admissions for Nursing Programs.

The graduate certificate in nursing education may be pursued only on a part-time basis.

Certificate Requirements

Candidates must have 15 graduate credits and a minimum GPA of 3.00 in course work, with no more than 3 credits with a grade of C to earn the certificate.

View the catalog information for Nursing Education, Graduate Certificate.

Professional Licensure Disclosure
This program has been identified by George Mason University as one that may lead to a career requiring professional licensure/certification. Federal regulations require Mason to disclose information as to whether this program meets/does not meet the educational requirements for licensure/certification in your state, or whether such a determination has not been made. Please consult our Licensure Disclosure Tool ( for the disclosure statement specific to your desired state/program combination.


Nurse educators work in both the academic and clinical setting.  In the academic setting, they provide the essential teaching platform for baccalaureate and graduate nursing students who wish to advance their knowledge, practice, and research skills. The nurse educator acquires additional knowledge of nursing principles, assessment, and technical skills to promote quality health care for patients.  In the clinical setting, they educate nurses and assistive personnel to create opportunities for continued learning, professional development, and instruction in new clinical information and technology.