Types of Micro-credentials
Micro-credentials at UAlbany fall into three categories:
Skills Badges at UAlbany provide an opportunity for learners to develop industry-recognized professional skills and competencies. These micro-credentials allow participants to develop skills that are in demand for a number of careers.
Most Skills Badges are self-paced and delivered asynchronously online, requiring about 12 to 15 hours of work. Upon completion, participants can showcase the skills and competencies they learned in the program via work examples and a digital badge, which can be shared with prospective employers.
Skills Badges are offered to current UAlbany undergraduate and graduate students for free and are open to all majors.
Professionals and students from other institutions may enroll in Skills Badges programs for a fee.
These pathways are mapped to skills and competencies desired in a professional field and generally include academic courses and experiential learning. They are often interdisciplinary.
These micro-credentials are offered to current UAlbany undergraduate and graduate students, as part of existing credit-bearing courses and/or non-credit experiences.
Career Pathways badges stack into degree or certificate programs and give students an opportunity to showcase industry recognized skills and competencies to future employers or graduate schools.
Professional Development badges allow for lifelong learning, helping participants develop professional skills necessary for up-skilling and re-skilling. These programs are sometimes offered in collaboration with employers or as a smaller version of a larger graduate or certificate program.
For example, a licensed educator may take a continuing education course and participate in three related workshops to earn a badge. Schools or colleges may also partner with a company to offer a training program that leads to a badge.
These micro-credentials are open to professionals for a fee.