Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing

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  • 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 focuses 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.

    Target Audience

    Nurses and health professionals with an interest in nursing education in the practice setting. This course will be of importance to those who have current responsibilities for nursing education and/or professional practice as a component of their roles who wish to enhance their knowledge, as well as, for those considering a role in nursing education as a career opportunity.

    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.
  • Courses

    Learners may take the courses in any sequence and will earn a certificate by completing all three courses over a 2-year period.

    Course 1: Theoretical Perspectives and Context

    Jan 13-Mar 23, 2021

    10 week course

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    Delivery Format: Online

    Course 2: Design, Delivery and Facilitation

    Sept 23-Dec 1, 2020

    10 week course

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    Delivery Format: Online

    Course 3: Assessment and Evaluation

    Jan-Mar 2021

    10 week course

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    Delivery Format: Online

  • Course Format

    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.
  • “This certificate was wonderful to create and should be required for all clinical nurse educators. I feel better equipped to enrich the teaching and learning experiences of the nurses and students I’ll meet”

    “Great trilogy of courses, I feel like I learned so much!”

    “It was great to see the theory and research behind clinical education being linked to my practice.”

    “Excellent quality of teachers and content”

  • Contact Us

    Phone: (416) 978-1784
    Address: Centre for Professional Development (PD)
    Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing
    University of Toronto
    155 College Street
    Suite 130
    Toronto, ON
    M5T 1P8

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