Overview of Graduate Minor in Nursing Education

MU Sinclair School of Nursing offers two graduate minors to further support and expand student academic preparation and future career opportunities. Depending upon the graduate minor, students may enroll in 9 to 12 credit hours for designation of the specific graduate minor.

Students considering a graduate minor should work with their academic advisor to integrate the required coursework into their plan of study.

Students pursuing a graduate minor must submit the following form to Graduate Studies at least one term before conferral of the minor: Plan of Study for the Designated Graduate Minor.

Approval for graduate minors is granted by:

  • Student’s major adviser
  • Director of graduate studies for the student’s academic program
  • Office of Research and Graduate Studies

The minor will be conferred when the major degree is conferred, and once a student officially graduates, the notation of the designated minor will appear on the student’s official transcript.


The minor is open to graduate students in the Sinclair School of Nursing as well as nurses interested in teaching in a school of nursing who are graduate students in other departments on campus (e.g. Health Education, Public Health, Health Management and Informatics, Human Development and Family Studies, etc.).

Graduate nursing students who already have an MS in Nursing Education or a Graduate Certificate in Nursing Education will not be eligible for a graduate minor in nursing education as their prior graduate coursework is substantively identical to the required courses.


The graduate minor in nursing education consists of a minimum of 10 graduate credit hours of nursing education coursework.

  • N8854 Teaching Strategies in Nursing (3 credits)
  • N8864 Curriculum Development in Nursing (3 credits)
  • N8874 Evaluation Strategies in Healthcare (3 credits)

After completion of the two core courses, students will complete a faculty-supervised 4 credit teaching nursing practicum. Students may select from two practicum courses which best meet their learning needs and professional goals:

  • N8950 Teaching Nursing Practicum (4 credits) or N8954 Distance-Mediated Teaching Nursing Practicum (4 credits).

These aforementioned courses also can be supplemented by problems courses.