Teachers College was the first academic setting to educate nurses. Nursing Education began at Teachers College in 1899. The Nursing Education Program has a long and distinguished tradition of commitment to the education of nurses who have diverse roles in academic and community settings in the United States and abroad. The newly revised curriculum for the Ed.D. in nursing education was designed by a group of nursing education experts and is being delivered entirely online.
The Program in Nursing Education at Teachers College Columbia University is committed to the development of nurse educators into researchers who will then become scholars, leaders, and visionaries in the education of nurses across the spectrum of nursing education programs.
In addition to the EdD Program, the Nursing Education program offers an Advanced Certificate in Nursing Education. The purpose of the Certificate in Advanced Nursing Education is to offer doctorally prepared students, currently working in or interested in nursing education, an opportunity to gain academic preparation in the role of nurse educators.
Entry Terms: Fall Only
The Doctor of Education in Nursing Education is designed for nurses with master’s degrees who want to become nurse educators in either academic or staff development settings. Although all courses are online, the program fosters deep collaboration among students and faculty to maximize preparation for educator roles and to facilitate efficient progress through the program. The program encourages a unique collaborative approach to dissertation design and development.
Outcomes of Program
Nursing education courses have been designed to merge knowledge of the role of nursing faculty with the role nursing programs play in higher education. Courses have a theoretical foundation, along with a research underpinning so that best practices in didactic and clinical practice areas are taught, used, and tested. Ed.D. students learn how to actively engage their students in the learning process and how to be facilitators of learning, not just givers of knowledge. The program requires that students take a specific complement of courses in Nursing Education,
Research Methods and Statistics, and Broad and Basic Courses and meet other requirements as outlined below.
Nursing Education: All courses count for 3 credits; 24 credits are required.
Research Methods: 12 credits are required.
Statistics: 6 credits are required
Broad and Basic Courses 9 credits required
9 credits in electives taken at Teachers College that are outside Nursing Education Adult Learning and Higher Education
Total: 51 Credits
It is expected that students will transfer between 33 and 45 credits from their master’s programs if those credits are determined to be acceptable by the Teachers College registrar and program faculty.
The Ed.D. requires the completion of 90 credits of graduate study (including transfer credits), certification as a doctoral candidate, which involves taking a certification examination in person at the College, a dissertation proposal approved as a result of a proposal hearing, successful oral defense, and acceptance of a research-based doctoral dissertation.
Enrolled students begin their doctoral student experience with a five-day in- person orientation to the program that occurs in the August prior to the beginning of the Fall semester. All admitted students are required to attend this orientation. During the orientation, students will be guided to plan their entire program of study. They plan the types of experiences they want to include in their courses and practica. They are apprised of the courses where they will be required to find a suitable nursing education setting in which to complete some of the course objectives (e.g., Simulation in Nursing Education), and they are instructed on the need to identify preceptors for Practicum I and Practicum II early in the program so that the credentials of the preceptors can be vetted, the preceptors can receive information about what will be required, and appropriate agreements can be executed.
Entry Terms: Spring/Summer/Fall
The purpose of the Academic Certificate in Nursing Education is to improve Nursing Education and to improve the teaching skills of those nurses who already have doctoral degrees. The goal of the program is to offer doctorally prepared nurses, who are currently working in or interested in nursing education, an opportunity to gain academic preparation as nurse educators. There are currently 1,200 nursing faculty vacancies across the U.S., and this number is expected to climb sharply over the next few years as current faculty begin to retire. An Academic Certificate in Nursing Education prepares those seeking to extend or advance their teaching skills to improve nursing education generally.
Outcomes of Program
The program consists of five core courses designed to help nurses with doctorates to deploy their advanced clinical or research expertise to enhance the education of new nurses and advanced practitioners.
The program can be completed in two years if students take one course per semester for five consecutive semesters. Classes are taken with current doctoral students in the Nursing Education Ed.D. program, assuring a high-quality program.