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Core courses (2 course units):

Principles and Practice of Transformative Nursing Education

This course is designed to provide expert nurses with a theoretical foundation to promote excellence in teaching in both faculty and professional development roles. Principles of adult learning theory, learning styles and preferences are explored with a focus on impact for educational design. Students will review various learning domains and approaches for curriculum development including writing measureable learning objectives. Content also includes an examination of numerous didactic teaching strategies, general tactics for the use of simulation, approaches for inter-professional collaboration, and methods for evaluating learner competence.

Teaching Nursing in an Academic Environment

This course provides students with the fundamental knowledge and skills in preparation for teaching in a faculty role in an academic environment. Specific focus will be placed on program design, development of teaching skills in the didactic, simulation, clinical, and online learning environments, management of didactic and clinical course offerings including effective use of learning management systems, and methods for evaluation of student performance including various test constructions and paper grading rubrics. This course also reviews approaches and resources for working with students who have learning challenges or performance issues.

Teaching Professional Nurses in the Practice Environment

This blended online/in-class graduate level course prepares expert nurses who are considering work in nursing professional development in a variety of practice settings. This course is taken after completing the pre-requisite NURS600 Principles and Practice of Transformative Nursing Education offering, and will utilize the most current American Nurses Association Nursing Professional Development Scope & Standards of Practice as a foundation for examining roles and responsibilities of nursing professional development (NPD) practitioners. Content will address the “when, who, where, how, what and why” of nursing professional development including but not limited to principles related to onboarding/orientation, education and role development, competency management, developing collaborative partnerships, translating evidence-to-practice, facilitating quality improvement, and measuring the value of NPD.