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Nursing Education Specialization Master of Science in Nursing

School of Nursing & Health Sciences

Help Lead Health Care Into the Future

The work of nursing educators touches all patients and defines the quality of care for our future. Through our online CCNE-accredited* MSN in Nursing Education, you can expand that impact by sharing the wisdom, skills, and tools nurses need to provide exceptional patient care. You’ll learn how to design, assess, and evaluate education programs and deliver curricula that blend evidence-based principles with innovations to advance nursing practice.

*The MSN degree program at Capella University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

What to Expect

  • Online
  • FlexPath Available
  • 8 Core Courses
  • 5 Specialization Courses 
  • Practicum

Classes Start July 9th

Ready to get started? We’re ready for you. Chat with an enrollment counselor or apply now to take the first step on the journey toward your future.

Admission Requirements » | $50 Application Fee (waived w/promo SPRING)

What You’ll Learn

Effective Teaching Methods

Learn how to inspire your students to help them reach their full professional potential.

Assessment & Evaluation

Zero in on what your students need with meaningful assessments and evaluations.

Curriculum Development

Create curricula to help transform nursing practice.

Grow your Impact & Influence

Be an integrated and meaningful part of your health care or educational organization.

Program Features

Our program offers additional benefits you might be interested in.

Integrated AACN Standards

Our curriculum incorporates the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s Essentials of Master’s Education in Nursing.

Earn Additional Certificates

Use what you learn to earn additional certification, such as the Certified Nurse Educator (CNE)*. 

Designed Around NLN Competencies

Learn within curriculum that is designed around the National League for Nursing (NLN) Competencies for Nursing Education.

*The requirements for this specialization are designed to meet the educational requirements for the Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) credential offered by the National League for Nursing (NLN).

Cost & Learning Formats

We know you’re busy—you need a learning experience tailored to your life, not the other way around. That's why Capella offers two 100 percent competency-based, online learning formats to best fit your needs. Which learning format is right for you? Take our Path Finder Quiz

Our original learning format offers extra structure for those who want it.  We'll set the schedule, you meet the deadlines. 

  • Based on the quarter system; 1-3 courses per 10-week quarter
  • 1 semester credit = 1.5 quarter credits
  • Weekly assignments and courseroom discussions
  • Pay for what you take, price varies by courseload or term
$425 per credit, 54 total quarter credits, 12 max transfer credits

Our self-paced learning format lets you take courses at your own speed, moving onto the next course when you're ready.

  • Take unlimited courses (up to two at a time simultaneously) per 12-week billing session
  • Based on a program point system; 2 Capella quarter credits = 1 program point
  • Set your own deadlines, no courseroom discussions
  • Pay one flat-rate tuition fee per session*
$2,500 per 12-week billing session, 27 total program points, 6 max transfer points

Get the Details

Speak with an enrollment counselor to get a personalized cost estimate for what you can expect to pay.

*This is only an estimate, using general program pricing. Your price may be higher or lower depending on your specialization, transfer credits, tuition discounts, and (in FlexPath) the speed at which you move through the program. Fees, including application fees and resource kits, are not included in this estimate. The GuidedPath prices show the tuition you would pay if you brought in the average number of transfer credits or the maximum allowed transfer credits. The FlexPath prices show the tuition you would pay if you brought in an average number of transfer credits and you moved at the speed of a typical FlexPath student or as quickly as the fastest FlexPath students (90th percentile). New or recently revised programs base their estimate on comparable programs.

Ways to Save

At Capella, we believe your education is an investment in your future. It’s also an investment within your grasp. Your goals are achievable—there are more ways to save than you might think. 

Scholarships for New Students

Capella scholarships, available for qualifying students, aren’t need-based and never have to be repaid.

Transfer Credits

We can accept many transfer credits from regionally accredited schools. 

Employer & Association Discounts

Many employers and organizations partner with Capella to offer tuition discounts. Talk to an enrollment counselor to learn more. 

Student Success Story

Nursing is changing so much, so the need for nurse educators is increasingly critical.

Alex Klacman
Master of Science in Nursing


Gain real-world experience by practicing real-life scenarios within our VilaHealth virtual health care environment. Then use those skills in your practicum as you gain the confidence to lead at the top of your field.

Accredited & Respected

Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Accreditation and recognitions provide the assurance we meet standards for quality of faculty, curriculum, learner services, and fiscal stability. See all of our accreditations and recognitions

The BSN, MSN, and DNP programs at Capella University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

Sample Courses

With our online MSN in Nursing Education, you’ll gain the knowledge needed to design, deliver, and assess nursing education programs while learning innovative teaching/learning approaches.

Some of the courses you will take:

Course Number Course Description
MSN6103 The Nurse Educator Role
MSN6105 Teaching and Active Learning Strategies
MSN6107 Curriculum Design, Development, and Evaluation
MSN6109 Integrating Technology into Nursing Education
MSN6111 Assessment and Evaluation in Nursing Education

Faculty & Support

You’re never going it alone at Capella. Our dedicated faculty and support teams are waiting to guide, help, and advise you through every step of your educational journey.


Our distinguished faculty members hold top credentials in their fields. They’re here to teach the knowledge and skills you’ll need, now.

Enrollment Counselors

These folks are superstars. We hear it from our students (and grads). They’re here to help find a program fit and set you up for success.  

Financial Aid Counselors

First they listen. Then they act—for you. Running the numbers, exploring ways to save, and making the financing of your education simpler.


Want to learn more about courses, instructors, or resources? Ask our advisors—they know all about the details of your program.

Move Forward in Your Career

Here are just some of the career options you could explore with our online MSN in Nursing Education program.

Related Job Titles to Explore*

  • Full-time nursing faculty
  • Adjunct or part-time nursing faculty
  • Nursing educator
  • Staff educator
  • Nursing instructor
  • Training and development specialist
  • Patient educator
  • Clinical educator
  • Professional development specialist
  • Community health educator
  • Staff development educator

Related Employment Settings to Explore

  • Land-based or online college or university
  • Community or technical college
  • Long-term care facility
  • Home health care agency
  • Hospital/clinic
  • Medical center
  • Community health agency
  • Government—local, state, federal
  • Insurance company

*These are examples intended to serve as a general guide. Some positions may prefer or even require previous experience, licensure, certifications, and/or other designations along with a degree. Because many factors determine what position an individual may attain, Capella cannot guarantee that a graduate will secure any specific job title, a promotion, salary increase, or other career outcome. We encourage you to research requirements for your job target and career goals.

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