Master's of Science, Nurse Educator Specialization

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About the Program
Degree Requirements
Contact Information
Student Resources

As a Nurse Educator, it becomes humbling and apparent how valuable the resource of knowledge and education is. During an acute pandemic or crisis, others look to you for support and guidance. This is an honorable profession. -Miranda M. Schmidt MSN, RN, CCRN

 About the Program

The Valley Foundation School of Nursing offers a Master of Science degree in two Nursing specialty areas: Nurse Educator and Family Nurse Practitioner. Please see the Family Nurse Practitioner website for more information about the FNP program.

The Nurse Educator program prepares nursing professionals to be socially and ethically responsible clinicians and scholars who are able to meet the changing healthcare needs of a diverse global community. This program equips its graduates to prepare the nursing workforce to effectively navigate the diverse and ever-changing health care and academic environments. Many of our graduates are working in Nurse Educator and Staff Development positions across Northern California. The program also prepares its graduates to serve as faculty members in nursing schools training the next generation of nurses.

Overview of the Program

  • Four semester/2-year Program: 36 units
  • Fall admission
  • Small cohort size
  • Personalized faculty attention
  • Hybrid class format: Synchronous* and asynchronous instruction
    *Synchronous sessions are held on Wednesday evenings from 4-9 p.m.
  • Face to face attendance moved to remote learning due to COVID-19
  • Students are required to complete both a direct care and an academic clinical experience (225 total hours)

The Masters Degree in Nursing programs at San José State University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education ( Please see the Professional Licensure and Disclosure information for further details.


The MS Nurse Educator program accepts students who have completed a bachelor’s degree in nursing, or an associate degree in nursing. Applicants who have a California RN license and who have been awarded a non-nursing baccalaureate degree may be admitted conditionally on an individual basis, and may be required to take conditional coursework, pending transcript evaluation (see Degree Requirements).

Please note: Fall 2022 Admission is open for applications, through May 2022. The program start will be subject to sufficient enrollment. Sufficient enrollment will be determined in June 2022.


A grade point average of 3.0 (B) is required in the last 60 units of the undergraduate program coursework. Applicants with a GPA below 3.0 will be evaluated on an individual basis and may be admitted with a conditional status.

Potential applicants need to demonstrate knowledge and skills in the following areas:

Application Process

  • It is strongly encouraged that you attend an information session before applying.
  • Please read through the advising slides (see Resources) before beginning your application
  • Complete the Office of Graduate Studies application in Cal State Apply, which includes the school of nursing application
    For applicant support during the application process, contact Cal State Apply directly at 857-304-2087.
    There is a non-refundable application processing fee
  • Select the Nurse Educator option when you are applying
  • Submit transcripts as directed (see Have Applied and Next Steps for more information)

Additional Information 

The following information will be requested as part of the application:

  • Current resume
  • Statement of professional goals: Include why you want to be a nurse educator and your goals after obtaining your degree
  • Contact information for two professional or academic references
  • Copy or documentation of your current, unrestricted California Registered Nursing license 

Foreign educated students:

  • Submit TOEFL score
    550 paper based
    213 computer based
    80 internet based

NOTE: If you have a master’s or doctoral degree from the U.S. and a bachelor’s degree from another country, we require a WES (World Education Services) transcript evaluation of the bachelor’s degree.

Once students are formally accepted into the Master’s program, additional health documentation will be required (evidence of immunization, background check, drug testing, etc) all administered through a third-party document tracker. Please note that CalState Apply and third-party document trackers have separate fees.

Timeline of Admissions Notification 

Students will be notified of an admission decision four to six weeks after the application deadline.

Tuition & Fees

Tuition for full-time graduate students in the Nurse Educator program can be found on the Bursar’s website. 

Please Note: Tuition does not include books, supplies, and parking fees.

Degree Requirements

Degree requirements can be found in the university’s catalog.

Applicants who do not possess a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree must complete the following conditional courses in order to be :

  • Evidence-Based Practice Research Methods (NURS 128) 3 units
  • Community Health Theory (NURS 164A) 3 units
  • Community Health Practicum (NURS 164B) 2 units
  • Leadership II (NURS 161) 2 units

Program Learning Outcomes

The Nurse Educator program prepares nursing professionals to be socially and ethically responsible clinicians and scholars who are able to meet the changing healthcare needs of a diverse global community. The expected Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs) were developed based on the American Association of Colleges of Nursing's The Essentials of Master's Education in Nursing (2011) [pdf].

NE Course Roadmap [pdf]

Core Master's Program Learning Outcomes


Please visit our Future Students page for MS Nursing degree programs advising sessions. Reservations are not necessary. For more information please see advising slides.

Current students should contact their program advisor for academic advising. For more information, please email Dr. Dorothy Moore. 

Contact Information

For general inquiries, please use this form.

Dorothy Moore, DNP, FNP-C, CCRN-K

MS Nursing, Nurse Educator Program Coordinator

Student Resources

Future Students

Advising is offered for students interested in applying to the program. Sessions are offered monthly during the fall and spring semesters.

Additional Resources:

Current Students