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Master of Science in Nursing – Nursing Education Specialization

Pursue Your MSN Nursing Education Online!

The Master of Science in Nursing – Nursing Education Specialization explores the essentials for instructing future generations of nursing professionals. Offered online through American Sentinel College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Post University, this program focuses on areas like teaching to various learning styles, curriculum design and development, and providing instruction through online environments. Coursework covers teaching strategies, organizational dynamics in higher education, the application of evaluation methods, and more. 

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) Programmatic Accreditation

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing and master’s degree program in nursing at Post University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202.887.6791.

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The MSN – Nursing Education Online Specialization at a Glance

Flexible Online Classes

Monthly Start Dates

36 Credit Hours

16- to 24-Month Program

Individualized Practice Experiences

Practice-Focused Curriculum for Real-World Skills

Coursework for your MSN – Nursing Education Specialization is designed to help you build the foundation of insights and practical skills necessary to:

  • Analyze the nurse educator role in practice environments
  • Design curriculum using emerging trends in nursing education
  • Develop assessment and performance evaluations of individual learners
  • Create a plan to evaluate program effectiveness in academic or institutional settings
  • Use theoretical knowledge to guide
  • Analyze models that expand the role of nurses in a global society
  • Evaluate legislation, policies, and economics as applied to the current healthcare environment
  • Become leaders and collaborators in a variety of healthcare settings
  • Appraise research to enhance professional nursing practice

Your MSN Nursing Education Specialization Program on Your Terms

To provide you with extra educational flexibility and choice, we offer two different tracks to help you earn your MSN: Term Based and SIMPath® (Competency Based).

Term Based (All Specializations)

  • 100% online classes
  • 8-week terms
  • Monthly class start dates
  • Consistent due dates
  • Take one class at a time

SIMPath® (Non-NP Specializations Only)

  • 100% online classes
  • 16-week semesters
  • Monthly class start dates
  • Self-paced format
  • Complete as many classes as you can*

* Start with two classes. Add in more as your schedule allows. You can register for additional classes up to the 13th week. Unfinished courses will need to be repeated.

Curriculum, Course Descriptions, & Program Outcomes

Please see the University Catalog for the online MSN program’s full curriculum with course descriptions and program outcomes.

MSN Online Admissions Requirements
View the full list of the Nursing Admissions Requirements

Our admissions team is available to walk you through the application process and answer any questions on the online MSN degree program requirements. Contact us to learn more!

Tuition & Payment Options

View the Tuition and Fees section for information for the online MSN degree program costs.

We offer several funding options as you pursue your education. Please see the Scholarships and Other Ways to Save section to learn more about our:

  • External Scholarships
  • Nursing Tuition Reductions
  • Education Partnership Program Tuition Reduction
  • Post Eagle Program (Military)
  • Payment Plans
  • And more!

Also the Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP) is now available to qualified MSN – Nursing Education Specialization or DNP – Educational Leadership Specialization students at the American Sentinel College of Nursing & Health Sciences at Post University. The purpose of this program is to increase the number of qualified nursing faculty nationwide. NFLP seeks to accomplish this by providing funding to accredited schools of nursing to establish and operate a student loan fund and provide loans to students enrolled in advanced education nursing degree programs who are committed to becoming nurse faculty. In exchange for completion of up to four years of post-graduation full-time nurse faculty employment in an accredited school of nursing, the program authorizes the cancellation of up to 85 percent of the original student loan amount (plus interest thereon). If you are interested in learning more and applying for this exciting opportunity, email [email protected].


This program is not currently eligible for Title IV funding for new enrollments.

“The MSN program at Post was perfect for my busy schedule. I was able to complete the course work in a way that worked for me, my instructors were always available to answer a question or provide support when I needed it, and the lessons and activities within the Nursing Education Specialization prepared me to be a better educator, advocate, and nurse leader. I am so grateful for this program!”

Kawailani Kanealii

MSN - Nursing Education Specialization

MSN – Nursing Education Specialization ​FAQs

Pursuing your MSN degree online is a big step. You probably have some questions. We have answers.

What is a nurse educator?

A nurse educator is a professional within the field of nursing who specializes in teaching and educating aspiring nurses, current nursing students, or practicing nurses. They typically work in academic institutions such as colleges, universities, or nursing schools, as well as in clinical settings, to impart knowledge and skills to nursing students. Nurse educators develop and deliver curriculum, create lesson plans, assess student progress, and provide guidance and support for those pursuing a nursing education. Their role is crucial in preparing the next generation of nurses and ensuring that healthcare professionals are well-trained and up-to-date with the latest healthcare practices and standards.


How could I become a nurse educator?

Becoming a nurse educator involves several steps, which begin by first obtaining several years of clinical experience as a registered nurse (RN) and obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). After gaining clinical experience and a BSN, you could pursue advanced degrees like a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) or a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) with a specialization in education.

How long does it take to achieve an MSN in Nursing Education?

Earning a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with a nursing education specialization typically takes around 1.5 to 2 years of full-time study. However, the duration can vary based on factors like part-time enrollment, prior coursework, and specific program requirements.


What is a competency-based or self-paced MSN in Nursing Education Specialization?

A competency-based or self-paced MSN in Nursing Education Specialization allows students to advance through the curriculum at their own speed, focusing on mastering specific nursing education skills and knowledge areas. Instead of adhering to traditional fixed schedules, students progress as they demonstrate proficiency in predefined competencies. This flexible learning model accommodates varying levels of prior experience and skills, potentially expediting or extending program completion based on individual progress.

Could I pursue a master’s in nursing education specialization online?

Many accredited universities and nursing schools offer online programs in nursing education to accommodate the needs of working nurses and those with other responsibilities. Post University’s online MSN – Nursing Education Specialization offers flexible online classes available in two different tracks, with individualized practice experiences.


Is it hard to obtain an MSN in Nursing Education Specialization?

The difficulty of obtaining an MSN in Nursing Education Specialization can vary depending on individual factors such as prior nursing experience, academic background, and program requirements. It involves a challenging curriculum focused on teaching and educational principles in nursing. However, with dedication and support, many nurses find it achievable and rewarding, as it can lead to fulfilling careers in nursing education. Success in obtaining an MSN in Nursing Education Specialization primarily depends on individual effort and determination.

Pursue Your MSN Nursing Education Online at Post!

At Post University, we are focused on your success, in and out of the classroom. A student success advisor will work with you one-on-one to answer your questions and help you address challenges throughout your Master of Science in Nursing – Nursing Education Specialization program. We are here to help you achieve your goals for the future of health care education and patient care.

Ready to make a difference for future generations of nurses? Contact us to learn more about our online MSN with a specialization in nursing education.

This program is not currently eligible for Title IV funding for new enrollments.

Note: This program is not designed to fulfill the educational requirements for any licensure or certification. Post University does not speak on behalf of any licensing board or body but does assist students in understanding licensure requirements.