Micro-credentials allow individuals and host schools to target a specific area of professional development within the degree such as educational leadership, technology, special education. Micro-credentials are appealing due to their flexibility, robust course sequences, and the rich opportunities they provide for those searching for an alternative to a traditional degree program. They allow students to learn more deeply about current educational practices, topics, and perspectives and allow professionals to build their career and personal paths. Micro-credentials are 9 to 15 credit sequences that can be built into, and are stackable with, our master's degree program.
IGPE-facilitated micro-credentials verify, validate, and attest that specific skills and/or competencies have been achieved and are endorsed by SUNY Buffalo State departments and programs. Approved micro-credentials have been developed through established faculty governance processes to be meaningful in application and high quality in design and implementation. SUNY Buffalo State Directory of Policy Statements, policy IV:18:00
I am currently taking a micro-credential in Creative Teaching and Learning. It's great because each class builds on the previous one so I really feel as though I am getting a thorough and detailed education about a topic that is so important to integrate into our schools, as well as design and implement lessons in the class that I can directly use immediately with my students.
I am currently taking a Creativity micro-credential. It’s great because I have learned so many cool ways to integrate creativity into my lessons. Whether it be fun activities through Morning Meeting /Closing Circle, or through curriculum such as Reader´s Workshop, the Creativity micro-credential has enhanced my lessons and has helped show my students the many ways that they can be creative.
I decided to take the micro-credential so my classes could be more engaging for my students. I think that creativity skills should be taught and used by students so they can reach their full potential. It has been really interesting to notice that we all are creative in various ways. I loved learning about strategies to develop creative thinking such as PPCO and brainstorming.
Our school has been a long-time site for the IGPE Master's Degree. We were excited to offer this micro-credential in Creative Teaching and Learning to consolidate the learning in those courses into something we can offer to our Master's students, non-degree seeking students, and teachers in the wider community. We felt that the micro-credential really aligned to a lot of the things we want teachers to be fostering in classrooms with their students per our graduate profile, mission and vision, and we are happy to see that reflected not only in their coursework, but also their transcripts, and resumes. I am also alumni and took some of the CRS classes as part of my degree and found them extremely applicable to my classroom assignments and for leading teams so I was thrilled to offer this to our current cohort for its tangible impact.
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