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What are micro-credentials?

Micro-credentials are a relatively new concept in education. They are a form of certification — typically symbolically represented as a digital badge — that operate as a stamp of approval for mastery of a particular skill.

Micro-credentials follow the paradigm of competency-based professional learning by allowing educators to focus on a discrete skill related to their practice — for instance, checking for student understanding — and collect the evidence — such as classroom videos or student work — to demonstrate ability in that specific skill.

Just as SCECHs operate as Michigan’s reward system for honoring teachers for the time they spend on their professional development, micro-credentials operate as a reward system for honoring educators for the competencies they have mastered.

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Our micro-credential courses

MASA micro-credential courses

Together with the Michigan Association of Superintendents and Administrators (MASA), we’ve designed micro-credential courses that prepare administrators and superintendents with training to address key issues within their districts.

Discounted course sections for MASA’s Horizon Leadership Academy participants:

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MEMSPA: Michigan Elementary and Middle School Principals Association

MEMSPA micro-credential courses

Together with the Michigan Elementary and Middle School Principals Association (MEMSPA), we’ve designed micro-credential courses that prepare middle and elementary school principals with the training on topics that help them best support their students.

Leadership & literacy micro-credentials 

Social emotional learning micro-credentials 

  • Embedding SEL Schoolwide
  • Suicide Prevention — Coming soon!
  • Chronic Absenteeism — Coming soon!
  • Addressing the whole child — Coming soon!
  • Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) — Coming soon!
  • Family SEL Engagement — Coming soon!
  • Self-Care for Teachers — Coming soon!

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Ready to earn your first micro-credential?

Micro-credentials are an innovative way for you to demonstrate and share your educational competencies. You can explore all of the micro-credential courses in our catalog using the link below!

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