Professional Development

These microcredentials are open to professionals for a fee.

What is Professional Development?

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. 

 

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School of Education

Note: UAlbany graduate students can enroll in EEPL 758 Special Topics in International Education Management and Leadership courses and opt to earn the microcredential associated with the course. Please contact your advisor or the Educational Policy & Leadership department to learn about your options.
 

Communicating International Education
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Level: Professionals 

Instruction Method: Synchronous Online Sessions 

Earners of this microcredential are current international education professionals, who collaborate editorially to develop effective written communication about international education.  

Participants master "nut graphs" and other writing organizational techniques to marshal facts, organize ideas and craft effective arguments to advance understanding among key audiences and stakeholders, in accordance with the Standards of Professional Practice put forth by Association of International Education Administrators. 

Sign up: This microcredential is offered by the School of Education. Learn more about Communicating International Education. 

Connected Strategies for International Education
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Level: Professionals 

Instruction Method: Synchronous Online Sessions 

Earners of this microcredential develop a plan to use technology to create new programs and reshape existing programs in international education to meet students’ global learning needs and increase their resilience to environmental risks.  

Participants identify current technology, learning and organizational resources on campus and develop connected approaches including virtual exchange and shared network strategies, which they integrate into their own virtually connected internationalization strategies.  

Sign up: This microcredential is offered by the School of Education. Learn more about Connected Strategies for International Education.

Crisis Response & Leadership in International Education
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Level: Professionals 

Instruction Method: Synchronous Online Sessions 

International education crises can take many forms, from dealing with specific health and safety matters for students abroad, to macro-level challenges such natural disasters, cybersecurity, terrorism and pandemics.  

As current international education professionals, learners explored how to evaluate and prioritize risks and existing response policies, prepare for a potential international crisis, and lead an institutional response through the development of a Crisis Management Plan. 

Sign up: This microcredential is offered by the School of Education. Learn about Crisis Response & Leadership in International Education. 

Data-Driven Decision Making in International Education
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Level: Professionals 

Instruction Method: Synchronous Online Sessions 

Earners of this microcredential develop the skills and disciplines needed to make critical informed decisions in international education through the Management Accounting framework. 

Participants examine international education scenarios and identify the financial and qualitative data analysis needed for a decision. Earners also examine risks factors and ethical issues associated with specific decisions.  

Sign up: This microcredential is offered by the School of Education. Learn more about Data-Driven Decision Making in International Education. 

Education Abroad: Trends, Strategies, and Tactics
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Level: Professionals 

Instruction Method: Synchronous Online Sessions 

Earners of this microcredential are both senior and line officials responsible for building and sustaining education abroad programs and services.  

Participants identify and analyze key trends in education abroad and outline approaches, strategies, models, resources and practices to keep education abroad a high value offering in higher education.  

As architects of the future of education abroad, earners developed a five-year strategic management plan for their institution.  

Sign up: This microcredential is offered by the School of Education. Learn more about Education Abroad: Trends, Strategies & Tactics. 

Foreign Credential Evaluation

Level: Professionals 

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Instruction Method: Synchronous and Asynchronous Online Sessions

This microcredential focuses on foreign credential evaluation in the strategic international enrollment management environment. Learners examine the history of foreign credential evaluation, its evolution in the US, and the growth of this skillset into a new profession. Learners also practice the practical application of foreign credential evaluation skills in international education scenarios.

Sign up: This microcredential is offered by the School of Education.  Learn more about Foreign Credential Evaluation here.

Global Alumni Relations
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Level: Professionals 

Instruction Method: Synchronous Online Sessions 

Earners of this microcredential are both senior and line officials responsible for building and sustaining strategic relationships between international students, alumni and families to promote internationalism for their university.  

Participants develop critical management skills to lead, plan and manage an effective global alumni engagement strategy adapted to their campus and professional needs. They can communicate the value proposition of the program and align internal priorities to support the alumni plan. 

Sign up: This microcredential is offered by the School of Education. Learn more about Global Alumni Relations. 

Immigration Compliance, Policy Development and Risk Management
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Level: Professionals 

Instruction Method: Synchronous and Asynchronous Online Sessions 

Learners develop a comprehensive understanding of Student and Exchange Visitors Program (SEVIS) and key compliance elements.  

Participants use this knowledge and understanding to revise and draft new institutional policies to incorporate best practices and anticipate, manage and mitigate the major risks to the institution, students, and scholars they serve.  

Using a critical-incident approach, learners can create operational solutions for compliance and risk management situations. 

Sign up: This microcredential is offered by the School of Education. Learn about Immigration Compliance, Policy Development and Risk Management. 

Improvement Science for Organizations
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Level: Professionals 

Instruction Method: Synchronous and Asynchronous Online Sessions 

Earners of this microcredential develop leadership skills to engage in systemic improvement initiatives in education and other social sector organizations.  

Improvement Science, championed by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning, has emerged as an evidenced-based process for affecting positive and lasting change.  

Participants develop skills to effectively use improvement tools and processes to address root causes of sub-optimal outcomes for students and identify drivers for improvement.  

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International Education Partnerships
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Level: Professionals 

Instruction Method: Synchronous and Asynchronous Online Sessions 

Learners explore the critical aspects of developing and sustaining strategic and productive international partnerships as it relates to their own institution.  

Through analysis of case studies, learners examine common models of structuring, contracting and evaluating international partnerships and the infrastructure needed to do so.  

They also develop protocols for leading and hosting international delegations, and tracking and reporting on international activities. 

Sign up: This microcredential is offered by the School of Education. Learn about International Education Partnerships. 

Lean Process Improvement and Institutional Operations
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Level: Professionals 

Instruction Method: Synchronous and Asynchronous Online Sessions 

Earners of this microcredential develop an understanding of lean process improvement (LPI) techniques, which are heavily influenced by Japanese and U.S. production and organizational leadership philosophies.  

Participants apply core concepts to create an initial LPI plan for an institutional operation of their choosing, with a focus on international programs. The plans use LPI methods to substantially decrease workload, reduce errors and obtain a higher student yield without expanding budgets or staff.  

Sign up: This microcredential is offered by the School of Education. Learn more about Lean Process Improvement and Institutional Operations. 

(Re)positioning International Offices
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Level: Professionals 

Instruction Method: Synchronous Online Sessions 

This microcredential is designed for international education professionals, leaders, and future leaders needing tools and strategies for taking their institution to a higher level of international engagement, regardless of their starting point or institutional stature. The power and impact of international education on students seems to enjoy recognition as a universally-understood benefit in an era of rapid globalization, yet it is also constrained by the hard truths of internal barriers and external challenges and new barriers to international travel. Through specific exercises, readings, and projects in this rigorous module, participants will push themselves and develop both professional skills and valuable deliverables to implement changes to international education operations in their own settings.

Sign up: This microcredential is offered by the School of Education.  Learn more about (Re)positioning International Offices here.

 

College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity

Fundamentals of Information Technology
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Level: Professionals and graduate students 

Instruction Method: Online sessions 

Earners master the fundamentals of information technology and learn essential skills that employers are seeking in professionals across a broad range of information environments. 

Registrants participate in four modules that present graduate-level instruction in topics such as database applications, introduction to programming, web technologies, and Unix and networking. Skills are then applied to an experiential capstone project focusing on advanced programming and web technologies. 

Sign up: This microcredential is offered by the College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security, and Cybersecurity (CEHC). To learn more, please contact the CEHC Dean’s Office at [email protected] or 518-442-5258

Librarians as Second Responders
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Level: Professionals and graduate students 

Instruction Method: In-person sessions 

Libraries are vital sources of social infrastructure and librarians have served as second responders during times of disaster or social unrest. Participants learn how to provide necessary and valuable services to their communities during times of crisis.  

Earners of this microcredential develop an emergency response and reopening plan, demonstrating their ability to provide continuity of operations when interruptions take place. 

Sign up: This microcredential is offered by the College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security, and Cybersecurity (CEHC). To learn more, please contact the CEHC Dean’s Office at [email protected] or 518-442-5258

 

Professional, Adult & Continuing Knowledge (PACK)

Visit the PACK website for more information on these microcredentials and other PACK offerings.
 

PACK
Coaching for Leaders and Managers
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Level: Professionals 

Instruction Method: Online 

This microcredential is designed for nonprofit and business executive leaders and managers or community organizers seeking to cultivate and develop their leadership skills. Participants must currently be serving in some leadership or management capacity.

This six session series will focus on leadership development for new or experienced leaders of nonprofits or small businesses. The first three sessions will focus on how to manage one’s strengths and leadership style and the last three will focus on best practices for leading organizations including teamwork, communication, and coaching.

At the end of each of these sessions participants will put together a short reflection piece about what they have learned and how it will apply in their organizational setting.  These reflections will be shared in a summary fashion with the group to constitute a series of “big takeaways” generated by the class.

Sign up: This microcredential is offered by the Office of Professional, Adult, and Continuing Knowledge (PACK). To learn more, please email [email protected].

Foundations of Clinical Interviewing
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Level: Professionals 

Instruction Method: Online 

This microcredential is designed for any professional who may be involved in any level of patient care, contact or program development within medical or patient care settings. It is designed to enhance front end/mid-level professionals understanding of how to assess the functioning of first contacts with patients as a means of improving patient flow and preparation of documentation for other care team members. This credential is also designed for professionals on care teams to aid in improving assessment and interview tools as a means of enhancing efficiency and effectiveness of patient care provided. 

Sign up: This microcredential is offered by the Office of Professional, Adult, and Continuing Knowledge (PACK). To learn more, please email [email protected].

Fundamentals of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Sense of Belonging (DEIS) for Leaders
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Level: Professionals 

Instruction Method: Online 

The ongoing demographic shift in the global workforce has demanded an intentionality from leaders and managers in order to ensure organizational viability moving forward. It is essential that leaders have a deep understanding of diversity and equity, are culturally responsive, and are able to foster a sense of belonging for all their stakeholders.  With this knowledge and understanding one can implement practices that increase innovation, productivity, and success through the creation of diverse high-functioning teams.  The Fundamentals of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Sense of Belonging for Leaders microcredential is designed to provide learners with the concepts and practices that are foundational to being culturally and equity responsive and in three sessions, the participant will have the opportunity learn foundational aspects that influence effective diversity, equity, inclusion and sense of belonging.

Sign up: This microcredential is offered by the Office of Professional, Adult, and Continuing Knowledge (PACK). To learn more, please email [email protected].

Introduction to Fundraising for Nonprofits
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Level: Professionals 

Instruction Method: Online 

This microcredential is best suited for working professionals, board members, and volunteers in the nonprofit sector or board members or volunteers in community organizations with less than two years of professional fundraising experience.

Successful fundraising is a critical component for almost all nonprofits and a required competency for nonprofit leaders. Without effective fundraising, the fulfillment of nonprofit missions is impossible. In this introduction to nonprofit fundraising for working professionals, board members, and volunteers with less than two years of professional fundraising experience, participants will learn the fundamental mechanics, ethics, and strategies of effective fundraising, including developing, implementing, and evaluating your plan and building annual giving campaigns and special events that further your mission and engage and retain donors.

Sign up: This microcredential is offered by the Office of Professional, Adult, and Continuing Knowledge (PACK). To learn more, please email [email protected].

Marketing Management
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Level: Professionals 

Instruction Method: Hybrid 

This microcredential is best suited for nonprofit board members, employees, or volunteers within a nonprofit or community organization, or small business operators.  

Earners develop critical skills necessary to manage marketing initiatives designed to connect with constituents, clients, community members, board members, employees, and volunteers with the goal of publicizing events, promoting their mission, and conducting fundraising campaigns. 

Participants then use the knowledge they acquire to develop a marketing strategy for their organization. 

Sign up: This microcredential is offered by the Office of Professional, Adult, and Continuing Knowledge (PACK). To learn more, please email [email protected].

  

Nonprofit Grant Writing
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Level: Professionals 

Instruction Method: Online 

This microcredential is best suited for nonprofit professionals tasked with finding grant funds for their organizations.  

Participants develop the skills and knowledge required for successful grant prospecting, grant writing and grant management. 

Sign up: This microcredential is offered by the Office of Professional, Adult, and Continuing Knowledge (PACK). To learn more, please email [email protected].

Organizational Solutions for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Sense of Belonging
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Level: Professionals 

Instruction Method: Online 

The Organizational Solutions for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Sense of Belonging microcredential provides participants in mid-level and senior leadership roles with strategies to create twenty-first century, culturally responsive workspaces which include high functioning diverse teams and improve diversity, equity, inclusion and sense of belonging (DEIS) outcomes.

Sign up: This microcredential is offered by the Office of Professional, Adult, and Continuing Knowledge (PACK). To learn more, please email [email protected].

Prototyping and Development of Web and Mobile Applications Using No-Code Tools
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Level: Professionals 

Instruction Method: Online 

This microcredential is best suited for non-technical persons interested in creating technical start-ups or non-technical working professionals.

The technology industry is seeing substantial growth in employment with many, who are pursuing or have already pursued non-technical education paths, seeking to take advantage of these employment opportunities. The ability to produce visual representations of planned systems that can also demonstrate potential application functionality is a valuable part of the development life cycle. This microcredential is intended to make learners familiar with basic development design concepts and tools that can be used to develop models of planned web or mobile applications. Learners will have the opportunity to acquire skills in the practice of user interface design, wireframing and mockup development, and the use of current prototyping tools for simulating user interactions and experiences.

Sign up: This microcredential is offered by the Office of Professional, Adult, and Continuing Knowledge (PACK). To learn more, please email [email protected].

Strategic Planning for Nonprofits
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Level: Professionals 

Instruction Method: Online 

This microcredential is best suited for nonprofit executives and managers, board members, community members interested in future board service, and small business owners seeking to thoughtfully plan for future growth in a volatile and constantly changing social and economic landscape.

Every organization should consider how to build and sustain a stakeholder-driven strategic plan to chart a thoughtful future course, improve impact, increase sustainability, and respond to constantly evolving environments and markets. Whether you're thinking about putting your first plan in place, or need to refresh your existing plan, this series will touch on all the fundamentals of a strategic planning process, from preparation and stakeholder engagement, through the creation of measurable and time specific annual operating plans, to implementation and evaluation.

Sign up: This microcredential is offered by the Office of Professional, Adult, and Continuing Knowledge (PACK). To learn more, please email [email protected].

Taking A Person First Approach in Organizational Operations
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Level: Professionals 

Instruction Method: Online 

This microcredential is best suited for middle-level managers, executive leaders, and board members to build knowledge and practical application of the topics discussed.

This microcredential explores various topics related to creating a person-first approach in your organization to gain a sense of understanding, recognize where there is opportunity for growth, identify tools and resource all while empowering you to move your organization forward. Learners explore building a person-centered organizational structure, human capital, organizational belonging, workforce development, burnout, and committing to a culture of change and elevation.

Sign up: This microcredential is offered by the Office of Professional, Adult, and Continuing Knowledge (PACK). To learn more, please email [email protected].