What is Micro Credentialing?

Instructor: Matt Doyle
Do you ever wish you could earn recognition for the new skills you learn every day? Micro-credentials might be the answer. Read on to learn how the emergence of micro-credentials offer new opportunities for professional growth.

Micro-credentialing Basics

Professionals enhance their skills every day. Whether it's developing better feedback techniques or learning new ways to check for understanding in the classroom, professional growth is an ongoing experience. Sometimes it can be difficult to demonstrate mastery of these new skills to employers, which makes professional advancement more difficult. That's where micro-credentialing comes in.

Micro-credentialing is the process of earning a micro-credential, which are like mini-degrees or certifications in a specific topic area. They can either be broad, such as 'Machine Learning,' or specific, like 'Using Data to Differentiate Instruction for ELL Students.' To earn a micro-credential, you would need to complete a certain number of activities, assessments, or projects related to the topic. Once you've completed the requirements, you submit your work in order to earn the credential.

Micro-credential Requirements

Micro-credential requirements vary significantly from credential to credential, since anyone can grant them and there are no official requirements. Possible ways to earn these credentials include taking a number of tests online, writing an essay, or creating a presentation. Typically, micro-credentials are shorter than other credential options like college degrees or certificate programs, but that is not always the case since the requirements are determined by the credential-granting institution. This means where you decide to earn your micro-credential is important, since not all micro-credentials are created equal.

What is a Micro-credential?

Once you've completed all of the requirements for a micro-credential, you will be awarded proof that you've earned it. This might take the form of a digital certificate, which may be a document or image file, or other official evidence that you've completed the necessary work. The organization that grants the micro-credential decides what they will provide, so be sure to check it's what you need before you begin.

Uses of Micro-credentials

Micro-credentials may be used to demonstrate to anyone that you've mastered a certain skill set. Because of this, micro-credentials are useful for those seeking employment or career advancement opportunities.

For example, teachers interested in potentially earning professional development units, such as CEUs, may be able to receive official credit from their school or district for the micro-credential. Other professionals in areas as diverse as software engineering and marketing may also use micro-credentials to show they've obtained necessary skills for the job. In both examples, the micro-credential serves as a form of proof that you have mastered the skills related to the topic. This type of evidence can be useful for advantages in job interviews or conversations with current employers about professional advancement.

Examples of Micro-credentials

Like college degrees and certifications, micro-credential options are diverse. Here are a few examples of possible micro-credential topics:

  • Teaching Creative Problem Solving: Develop the skills required for teaching others how to creatively solve complex problems individually and in groups.
  • Android Development: Learn the skills necessary to begin building apps for the Android operating system. You will develop a basic app as part of the process.
  • Making Strategic Decisions: Learn how to carry through with key business strategies through effective decision making, deliberation, and delegation.

How to Start Earning Recognition for Your Skills

Now that you're familiar with micro-credentialing, you might consider trying earning a certificate on offers official certificates for completing many of their courses, and some concise courses can be completed in as few as ten lessons. Like micro-credentials, these official completion certificates can be used to demonstrate mastery of a specific skill set and shared with current or future employers. Topics range from business management to curriculum development, and new courses are added all the time. Check out these short courses below to see what has to offer:

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