The MicroDegreeTM is a 21st Century Digital Credential certifying that the holder has completed a minimum of 1,000 MicroCredits in a designated professional discipline. The MicroDegree offers the first and most effective credentialing process for MOOC’s, coding “boot camps” and many other competency-based programs.
The MicroDegree is an open, institution agnostic, credential meaning that it can be earned by combining programs offered through many different institutions and the MicroDegree candidate has the freedom to stack and blend different types of educational processes using Incremental CredentialingTM.
In order to place all forms of education on a common assessment basis, the MicroDegree Accreditation Commission utilizes the "MicroCredit" as a unit of measurement. MicroCredits represent documented education and training processes and an accredited MicroDegree equates to approximately 1,000 hours of learning experiences including a minimum of 500 contact hours in relevant accredited educational programs.
To place the MicroDegree requirements in context, a typical 12-week “coding boot camp” will include 450-500 contact hours as will a semester of upper level undergraduate courses. Overall the completion of a MicroDegree credential parallels the time commitment of a full year of undergraduate upper level courses.
Educational experiences convert to MicroCredits on the following basis:
- Ensures that you are prepared and confident
- Demonstrates your preparedness as part of your college application
- Increases your potential to earn higher grades in freshman courses
- Prepares you for College Level Equivalency Program (CLEP) examinations with each 3 credit CLEP saving you an average of $700 in tuition
MicroDegree awards are documented by the issue of a secure PDF diploma bearing the seal of the MicroDegree Accreditation Commission. Awards may additionally be evidenced by the issue of a digital MicroDegree badge that links to a transcript of the educational experiences underlying the MicroDegree.
When used for transfer to a credit hour based degree program it is recommended by the Commission that the MicroDegree equate to 30 credit hours with an additional 30 credit hours potentially transferring through prior learning assessment (PLA) or other competency-based assessments.
MicroDegree candidates may elect to complete the appropriate Educational Testing Services Major Field Test in their MicroDegree discipline. ETS® Major Field Tests are comprehensive undergraduate and MBA outcomes assessments designed to measure the critical knowledge and understanding obtained by students in a major field of study. The Major Field Tests go beyond the measurement of factual knowledge by evaluating students' ability to analyze and solve problems, understand relationships and interpret material from their major field of study. Satisfactory completion of a Major Field Test will be noted on the MicroDegree Transcript & Diploma and will evidence a knowledge level equivalent to an undergraduate degree in the MicroDegree discipline.
The goal of accreditation is to ensure that education provided by institutions of higher education meets acceptable levels of quality. Accreditation in the United State involves non-governmental entities as well as governmental agencies…Accrediting agencies, which are private educational associations of regional or national scope, develop evaluation criteria and conduct peer evaluations to assess whether or not those criteria are met. Institutions and/or programs that request an agency's evaluation and that meet an agency's criteria are then "accredited" by that agency. U.S. Department of Education