The Friday Institute is deeply involved in bringing competency-based approaches into educator preparation, credentialing and professional development. To further this effort, the Friday Institute has begun developing a series of micro-credentials for teachers, coaches, and administrators. These micro-credentials often support and extend the learning opportunities offered in the MOOC-Eds but can also be earned by educators within or outside of the context of the course.
While developing micro-credentials, the Friday Institute considers several design elements:
- Self-directed. Teachers can pursue the micro-credentials by participating in a MOOC-Ed, through other professional learning activities, or on their own.
- Job-Embedded. Each of the micro-credentials is directly tied to classroom practice and provides a scaffolded approach to building useful classroom skills.
- Competency-Based. Micro-credentials must measure an educator’s demonstrated ability to apply specific skills in the classroom context.
- Research-Based. Micro-credentials are designed around skills that have been thoroughly researched and have a demonstrated import on classroom practice.