Nursing Education

Nursing Educators Play Critical Role in Filling Industry Need

According to a report issued by the National Advisory Council on Nurse Education and Practice, the shortage of nurse faculty to educate those who desire to enter the nursing profession is a critical factor that limits the nation’s ability to produce more nurses. *The nursing faculty shortage may increase further as it is projected the demand for nurses will continue to grow at a rate of about 16% through 2024 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. **NCU’s nursing education specialization was designed to meet this industry void. If you are a registered nurse who wants to expand your career in the health care field as an educator, this program specialization may be just what you are seeking. It will prepare you as an educational leader who participates and supports growth in nursing education. The specialization curriculum provides a strong foundation that promotes the development of scholarship, nursing topics research, and the leadership skills for a nursing educator. NCU’s doctoral professors mentor you one-to-one through the program as you develop the specialized knowledge necessary to prepare others to enter the nursing profession.

The NCU Difference

NCU's unique approach to graduate education is ideal for self-starters and independent thinkers who want a premier education with unprecedented flexibility. With NCU’s online learning model, there are weekly starts for every program or course. Our education approach was developed to meet the needs of your busy life and schedule. We use a unique one-to-one learning model that pairs one student with one doctoral professor for each course. With no teaching assistants, you learn directly from experts who provide personal feedback and professional insights. Throughout your academic journey, you will be mentored by professors who are experienced in your field of study. At NCU, you will never have to participate in group projects. You move forward at your pace, by setting your own studying schedule. In a class size of one, there’s no one to get in the way of your individual success. None of our programs have residency requirements, allowing flexible access to you no matter where you live. When you enroll in NCU to earn an advanced degree in education, you will become part of a community of professionals who are already making a difference around the world.

“As a nurse, you should always continually learn. I started with an associates degree, then went on and got a baccalaureate degree in nursing, and a master’s degree in nursing. My parents both thought that I had the potential to get a doctorate. So I kept going. That took me awhile, but I got it done. I won't stop here. I will continue to grow and learn, and keep up with what's going on in my field.” — Terese Mary Longstein, Doctor of Education (2016)

*http://www.nln.org/docs/default-source/advocacy-public-policy/nurse-faculty-shortage-fact-sheet-pdf.pdf?sfvrsn=0
**http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/registered-nurses.htm

At A Glance

Course information
  Credit Hours Courses Est. Time to Complete  
PhD-Ed 60 20 45 months View Course Catalog
EDD 54 20 40 months View Course Catalog
EdS 33 11 18 months View Course Catalog

Beyond the specialized courses designed to help you expand your abilities in your chosen field of study and profession; NCU offers the following benefits to students and alumni:

Unmatched Flexibility
Many online programs offer the ability to take courses without leaving your home, but few offer weekly course starts, no scheduled lecture hours, no group assignments, and the ability to schedule courses around your personal and professional obligations. The option to turn in your assignments as early in the week as you want, provide you the ability to schedule school around your life, not the other way around.

100% Doctoral Faculty
Whether you are completing your bachelor's degree, pursuing your graduate degree, or on the path to earning your doctoral degree, you can rest assured that you will be mentored by doctors in your field of study.

One to One Engagement
Not only will you learn from a doctor in the field, but you won't have to fight for facetime as one of many within a classroom. At NCU, you'll have the opportunity to interact one to one with your professor to get personalized mentoring.

Doctor of Philosophy in Education Program Learning Outcomes
  • Develop knowledge of educational theories, research, and diverse instructional practices.
  • Communicate with diverse audiences about educational theories, research, and practices.
  • Develop evidence-based solutions addressing current educational, organizational, and societal issues.
  • Analyze professional skills, dispositions, and technology options for leading and educating diverse groups.
  • Conduct educational research that contributes to the body of knowledge specific to a discipline.
Doctor of Education Learning Outcomes
  • Develop leadership skills to support educational practices across diverse instructional and organizational settings.
  • Analyze educational theories and research supporting diverse instructional practices.
  • Analyze professional skills, dispositions, and technology options for leading and educating diverse groups.
  • Communicate with diverse audiences about educational theories, research, and practices. Evaluate evidence-based solutions for addressing educational, organizational, and societal issues.
Education Specialist Program Learning Outcomes
  • Develop skills to support educational practices across diverse instructional and organizational settings.
  • Communicate with diverse audiences about educational theories, research, and practices.
  • Analyze professional skills, dispositions, and technology options for learning and educating diverse groups.
  • Apply evidence-based solutions for addressing educational, organizational, and societal issues.
  • Analyze current research, theories, and instructional practices in educational and organizational environments.

*Credit hours and courses reflect new students meeting credit requirements and utilizing no transfer credits. Est. Time of Completion reflects new students following the preferred schedule designed by the Dean for the program.

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