Micro-credentials for Professional Learning
Micro-credentials for Professional Learning are self-paced, performance-based, specialized professional learning opportunities where educators can immediately apply their new learning directly to their classroom or work environment. All of our learning opportunities are fully online and asynchronous so there are no face-to-face or online meetings and no travel requirements.
We have three options for professional learning: Full Micro-credentials, Stacked Micro-credentials, and CEUs for Edcamps & Conferences.
Register for Micro-credentials for Professional Learning
Full Micro-credentials are facilitated, stand-alone opportunities for learning and growth in a specific topic. These online micro-courses are facilitated by expert educators supported by Loyola University Maryland who walk next to you through your learning to ensure success. Each Full Micro-credential course is designed to be completed in approximately 15 hours. The current Full Micro-credentials include:
- MC1: Choosing & Using Tech Tools for Higher-Level Learning
- MC2: Project Based Learning
- MC3: Designing Your Curriculum for Personalized Learning
- MC4: Leading Technology Professional Development
- MC5: Computational Thinking for K-8 Classrooms
- This micro-credential is approximately 45 hours and includes the 3 CT MCs: 5.1, 5.2, & 5.3 (below)
- MC5.1: Computational Thinking Basics
- MC5.2: Pedagogical Approaches to Computational Thinking
- MC5.3: Integrating Computational Thinking into Your Classroom
Stacked Micro-credentials are non-facilitated, mini courses for learning and growth in a specific topic. Each mini course leads to the integration of a particular topic in your professional learning environment. In order to support just-in-time learning, there are no start or end dates for these self-paced mini courses. Each one is designed to be completed in approximately 5 hours. The current Stacked Micro-credentials include:
- MC6.1: Makerspace Basics
- MC6.2: Makerspace Design
In order to support both local and global professional learning for educators, we provide Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for participants and presenters of Edcamp Foundation approved Edcamps and local and global conferences.2020-2021 Full Micro-credentials Start, End, & Enrollment Dates:
June 15, 2020 - August 14, 2020
Enrollment ends July 20
October 5, 2020- November 13, 2020
Enrollment ends October 19
November 30, 2020 - January 15, 2021
Enrollment ends January 1, 2021
March 1, 2021 - April 16, 2021
Enrollment ends March 15
June 14, 2021 - August 13, 2021
Enrollment ends July 19
Benefits of Micro-credentials for Professional Learning
- In the Micro-credentials for Professional Learning, you will:
- Improve, enhance, or supplement your current skill sets.
- Learn new techniques in an area of professional interest aligned with your students' needs, school-wide instructional goals, and/or your school’s specific technology initiatives.
- Engage fully online with no cost, open-access digital resources, so there are no additional materials you need to purchase!
- Work at your pace to accommodate your busy life and teaching schedule.
- Choose the learning path that is best for you. We offer Micro-credentials that are larger, facilitated learning opportunities and Stacked Micro-credentials that are smaller, non-facilitated learning opportunities.
- Achieve a micro-credential certificate that represents a meaningful early step on the path to accomplished teaching.
- Receive a Continuing Education Certificate (CEU) recognized by Loyola University Maryland after completing the work at a proficient level. (Please note: CEU's are evidence of Professional Study approved by Loyola University Maryland. They are not equivalent to graduate or undergraduate credit. Individual jurisdictions and organizations have different regulations for accepting CEU credit. Please contact your jurisdiction or organization for further information on the acceptance and use of CEU credit.)
We believe teacher success supports student success and educators need professional learning opportunities that can be immediately applied to their classroom or learning environment. We support success through online, personalized, relevant learning opportunities designed to support educator success in the classroom. Our learning opportunities are called Micro-credentials for Professional Learning.
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For more information or questions, contact:
Irene Bal, Lecturer in Educational Technology, School of Education, Loyola University Maryland
firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-617-1561