Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing

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Certificate in Nursing Education for the Practice Setting

Certificate Description

This certificate program has been developed to provide aspiring &/or practicing nursing educators & practice leaders with advanced level education, tools, and skills, to enhance their knowledge and expertise in the provision of clinical education that supports excellence in professional practice. The certificate focuses on the role of the nurse educator in practice settings that may include community, primary health care, long-term care and/or acute care; and where learners may include novice and experienced nurses, student nurses, other members of the health care team, as well as, clients and family members. Core course content focusses on the application of theoretical and evidence-based approaches to teaching and learning; as well as the design and development, teaching and facilitation, and evaluation of education initiatives in the practice setting. Participants have opportunities to engage in critical reflection and dialogue to support development of their educational leadership. The courses will address a wide variety of teaching and learning situations and common issues encountered in these roles such as, working with learners with differing levels of experience and expertise; managing competency and practice concerns; and providing education within complex practice environments.

The “Certificate in Nursing Education for the Practice Setting” (Not-for-credit) is comprised of three 10-week on-line courses to be successfully completed over a two-year period. Courses may also be taken as “stand alone” courses. The three required courses for the full certificate are (in preferred but not mandatory order):

Course 1: Nursing Education for the Practice Setting: Theoretical Perspectives and Context

Apr 8-Jun 16, 2020

10 week course

Course Code: NUR-EDU1-APR2020

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Course 2: Nursing Education for the Practice Setting: Design, Delivery and Facilitation


10 week course

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Course 3: Nursing Education for the Practice Setting: Assessment and Evaluation

Apr 8-Jun 16, 2020

10 week course

Course Code: NUR-EDU3-APR2020

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Delivery Mode

Each on-line course will be 10 weeks in duration and delivered through the University of Toronto’s learning management system.  Courses are primarily self-paced, however participants will be required to engage in weekly discussions and/or submit activities/assignments within identified timelines. Participants will need to allocate 6-8 hours per week to complete the required components of the course.

Teaching Methods

Each course will follow a similar format and utilize common teaching methods. There is a weekly expectation for participants to view an approximately one-hour e-learning module, read required readings, and actively engage with the course material by participating in learning activities such as discussion board conversations, or submission of short written/presentation activities. The emphasis of learning activities and assignments is on the notion of application of theory to practice and critical reflection. Short video interviews with experienced educators, peer assessments, and other technologies are used to model teaching & learning strategies.


Our course co-lead faculty have a combined wealth of experience and expertise in Nursing Education from both the academic and practice settings.  Each course has an appointed academic faculty member from the University of Toronto’s Undergraduate &/or Graduate nursing programs, as well as, an adjunct lecturer / clinical practice leader from one of the University’s academic partners.

Certificate Criteria

There are no pre-requisites or application process for this continuing professional development certificate. Each individual course will have defined evaluative assessments which may include quizzes, required discussion board posts, and short written/presentation assignments. Final grading for each individual course is on a pass /fail basis. In order for participants to receive a grade of “pass”, they must obtain a final cumulative minimum average of 70% based on all evaluation methods for the course.

Participants will receive a certificate of course completion for successful completion of each course. Those successfully completing all three courses within a two-year period will receive a Certificate in Nursing Education for the Practice Setting (Not-for-credit) from the Centre for Professional Development.

What does “Not-for Credit” mean?

The Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing has approved the Centre for Professional Development to offer Not-for-Credit certificates. University of Toronto policy (2016) states that not-for credit certificates are not counted for any credit toward any degree program, and participants are not registered as UofT students.

Note: Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing students who have achieved a 70% or higher final grade in the Nursing NUR 1074Y – “Facilitating Learning: Nursing Perspectives”, are not required to take the “Nursing Education for the Practice Setting: Theoretical Perspective and Context” course, to meet requirements for the “Not-for–credit Certificate” through the Centre for Professional Development (CPD).  They must however, complete the remaining two courses within two years of completing the NUR1074Y.

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