Educational Specialist in Nursing Education
Online Ed.S. in Nursing Education

All-in price:
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Application due date for January 9, 2023 term:
January 6
Estimated time to completion:
21 months
All-in price:
View Tuition Details
Application due date for January 9, 2023 term:
January 6
Estimated time to completion:
21 months

Prepare to Teach the Next Generation of Nurses with an online Ed.S. in Nursing Education

The Specialist in Nursing Education is for master’s degree nurses who want to play a role in solving the need for qualified nurse educators to address the growing need for more RNs. The American College of Education Ed.S. in Nursing Education program is a fully online curriculum for those nurses who want to become educators in either an academic or professional development setting. The program uses a unique interdisciplinary approach to focus on the science of teaching and learning. Students will engage in scholarly research while developing the competencies to create and evaluate curriculum, develop effective teaching strategies, use innovative technology to promote learning and much more as they prepare to educate the next generation of nurses.

This program is perfect for nurses who want to advance their knowledge in nursing education beyond a master’s degree without completing a dissertation. It’s also stackable, if you decide after completing the Ed.S. program that you would like to continue and complete an Ed.D. program with a dissertation. This means that you can apply your Ed.S. credits to the Ed.D. in Nursing Education and complete that program in just 37 credits.


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How you'll get there.

  1. Ed.S. students study three main areas: Nursing Education (24 credits), Research (9 credits), Leadership (1 credit).
  2. Focus on the competencies to create and evaluate curriculum, manage classrooms, develop effective teaching strategies, conduct program evaluation, and use innovative technology to educate the next generation of nurses.
  3. Learn to articulate the resources needed for the effective development, implementation and evaluation of nursing education.

What you can expect along the way.

  • Coursework that Makes a DifferenceFaculty shortages at nursing schools across the country are limiting student capacity at a time when the need for professional RNs is growing. Our program addresses that by instructing nurse educators in creating programs for the next generation of RNs.
  • Support 24/7 You’ll always have faculty support as you navigate your program, along with a Student Success Coach who is with you from enrollment to graduation. You’ll have access to free online tutoring and writing help, Office 365 tools and a library for research.
  • Built Around Your Life ACE is fully asynchronous and online, so you plan your coursework around your life.

What it costs

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Total Tuition

34 semester credits
x $306 per credit



$100 Application Fee

$1,530 Technology & Library Fee
($45 per credit)

$150 Program Conferral Fee


Total Program Cost1


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American College of Education is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission— a federally-recognized accrediting agency. The College’s accreditation includes approval to offer degree programs, in education, healthcare, nursing and business and leadership through distance education via the Internet. Accreditation ensures that an institution’s academic program meets or exceeds acceptable levels of quality and is the most recognized accreditation status for higher education entities. To receive and maintain HLC accreditation and affiliation approval, we must continuously undergo routine peer review cycles and provide proof that our programs meet or exceed HLC accreditation criteria and expectations of quality.


Ed.S. in Nursing Education

Explore the classes you'll take to fulfill this program's 34 semester credit requirement. For more information, a complete list of requirements, and course options, see the College Catalog.

Research Courses (9 semester credits)

3 semester credits

This course examines basic principles in applied statistics. Topics include data types, organizing data, graphing techniques, probability concepts, measures of central tendency, measures of dispersion, normal and skewed distributions, and understanding the area that covers normal distributions. Understanding, applying, and interpreting the principles to of simple hypothesis testing methods through a seven-step process is are also covered. The course is designed to provide an introduction to statistical applications that can be applied in real-world settings. along with providing an excellent foundation for entering into the more advanced statistical applications and analyses using SPSS.

3 semester credits

This course provides learners with the foundation and practical application of research methods and designs. Emphasis will be placed on evaluating research literature and aligning the components of qualitative and quantitative methods and designs. Students will explore theoretical frameworks for research studies and dissertations. Ethical practices in research will also be explored.

1 semester credit

This course examines the importance of scholarly writing in your leadership practice, the foundation of how to write in a scholarly mode, and research strategies to support your doctoral writing. 

2 semester credits

This course provides students the opportunity to complete an approved concept paper as the first step toward the Ed.S. original research project. Students will apply advanced research skills to address a real-world application of scholarly expertise as it relates to solving an existing problem. A description of the project will provide the rationale for the goals and objectives and includes a literature review, methodology, and the anticipated results of the research project.

Leadership Courses (1 semester credit)

1 semester credit

Students will undertake an examination of the rigors of advanced graduate study and reflect on personal strengths and challenges at the start of their program. Topics include: identity as scholar-practitioner, models of inquiry, self-assessment, and professional goals.

Nursing Courses (24 semester credits)

3 semester credits

Nursing education is constantly changing. In this course students explore the influence of nursing and health care trends, alignment with workforce competencies, accreditation requirements, community and societal needs, professional competencies and their relationship to curricular development.

3 semester credits

The nursing faculty role is a multidimensional one. In this course students will investigate multiple roles of the professoriate according to the needs of healthcare, the nursing profession, and the institution or organization.

3 semester credits

Nurse faculty are challenged to design and implement transformational teaching strategies to prepare the next generation of nurses. In this course students will analyze a variety of evidence-based teaching strategies to actively engage the adult learner, facilitate deep learning, foster resilience, and nurture a growth mindset across settings. Strategies to manage the classroom and effective assessment of learning will be investigated.

3 semester credits

Technology is continually evolving and impacting nursing education. In this course students will explore use of technology in nursing education in the classroom, clinical setting, clinical laboratory, and online. Emphasis will be placed on simulation and gamification, as well as selection of evidence-based facilitation strategies, partnering with innovative technology, and appropriate evaluation.

3 semester credits

This course focuses on fostering student development of clinical judgment, cultural competence, and value formation, through effective curriculum design, development, implementation, and evaluation across educational settings. Traditional and innovative curriculum designs will be appraised along with the application of leadership and change theories in the revision of existing curricula.

3 semester credits

This course concentrates on the role of the nursing education leader in advanced assessment, evaluation, and quality improvement of student performance and nursing curricula in the academic or clinical practice setting. Various methods of assessment, including formative and summative assessments of learner performance and systematic plans of curriculum evaluation will be analyzed.

3 semester credits

In this course students will synthesize leadership theory and embrace strategies to become a servant leader and to act as a catalyst for change. The role of the chief academic nurse and accreditation processes will be examined. Focus will be placed on ethical decisionmaking, development of a reflective practice, resilience, visioning, guiding innovation, and future casting.

3 semester credits

The Capstone Experience is designed for candidates to demonstrate and document the impact of their knowledge and competencies gained throughout and as a result of the Educational Specialist in Nursing Education program. Students create a professional portfolio based on work created during their program to highlight mastery of specific academic outcomes and demonstrate the impact of their studies.

Admission Requirements

Ed.S. in Nursing Education

ACE General Admission Requirements

  • Complete and submit all application components including the admission application, including the enrollment agreement, and payment agreement.
  • Submit the nonrefundable application fee.*
  • Provide official transcripts from an institution that is accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education indicating successful completion of the level of education required for entry to the program.**

*The application fee is valid for one year from date of submission.
**Additional evidence may be required to fulfill state requirements, including but not limited to verification of professional experience, test scores, or an interview.

Program Admission Requirements

  • Transcript showing Masters' or doctoral level
  • Minimum grade point average 2.50 on a 4.00 scale for full admission
  • Minimum cumulative grade point average 2.0 on a 4.0 scale for provisional admission
  • Provisional admission is not permitted
  • Submit a current curriculum vitae (preferred) or resume
  • Submit a goal statement, in response to department-specific prompts
  • Complete an Interview
  • Must provide evidence of active unencumbered registered nursing (RN) license​
  • Applicants must achieve and maintain a 3.0 GPA throughout their program

*Source: 2020 RN to MSN course feedback surveys

1This is an estimated value of the cost for tuition and fees. Amounts may vary depending on number of transfer credits applied to the selected program hours, the pace and satisfactory completion of the selected program credit hours, the receipt of, or eligibility for, institutional or non-institutional scholarship and/or grant amounts, and adjustments to tuition or fees as described in the Catalog Right to Modify Tuition section.

State of California Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF)

It is a state of California requirement that a student who pays his or her tuition is required to pay a state-imposed assessment two dollars and fifty cents ($2.50) per one thousand dollars ($1,000) of institutional charges, rounded to the nearest thousand dollars, for the California Student Tuition Recovery Fund. For more information and to see if you must pay the state-imposed assessment for Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) click here.

For information on international transcript requirements, see the Admissions Information section of the College Catalog.

For English as a second language applicant information, see the Admissions Information section of the College Catalog.

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