Postmaster's Certificate in Nursing Education

The Postmaster’s Certificate in Nursing Education program provides opportunities for students who already have a master’s degree in nursing to gain specialized knowledge within the nursing education specialty area. The program is open to registered nurses who possess a master’s degree from an ACEN or CCNE accredited nursing school.  The certificate program option is offered online in an asynchronous format.  

Students have two options to complete the certificate program:  one with a *practicum course and one without a practicum course. Students completing one of these two programs of study will be awarded a Postmaster’s Certificate in Nursing Education.  

This certificate program option prepares nurses to serve in faculty and nurse educator roles within the healthcare setting. The curriculum prepares graduates to develop and evaluate nursing curriculum and to effectively implement innovative teaching strategies using multiple learning formats, while emphasizing the spiritual, ethical, and moral dimensions of the art of nursing. Graduates will have the educational preparation to teach at a faculty level in a nursing program, as well as accept educator positions within hospital and other healthcare settings.

Plan of Study

The plan of study for the Postmaster’s Certificate in Nursing Education includes the following courses:

Course NameCredit Hours
Nursing Curriculum Design3 credit hours/5-week course offered in Fall semester
Teaching Methodologies in Nursing4 credit hours/45 clinical hours/5-week course offered in Spring semester
Evaluation in Nursing Education4 credit hours/5-week course offered in Summer
Quality and Safety in Nursing3 credit hours/5-week course offered in Fall semester
*Teaching Practicum5 credit hours/180 clinical hours/15-week course offered in Fall semester

Application and Cost

The application requirements and the cost per credit hour are the same as for the Master of Science in Nursing degree program (Nursing Education or Nursing Leadership and Healthcare Administration option).


The master’s/postmaster’s certificate nursing program at Charleston Southern University at the Charleston campus located in Charleston, South Carolina is accredited by:

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400, Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 975-5000

The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the master’s/postmaster’s certificate nursing program is continuing accreditation.