Rene Corbeil, Ed.D., Professor, Educational Technology, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley; and
Maria Elena Corbeil, Ed.D., Associate Professor, Educational Technology, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.
This effective practice describes how students in a fully online accelerated graduate program are able to earn micro-credentials in the form of graduate certificates as part of a stackable master’s degree. The certificates focus on high-tech, high-need, competencies and skills employers across a wide array of fields, including information systems and technology, educational technology, business, and healthcare, are looking for. Integrating certificates into existing programs can afford students the opportunity to promote their professional mobility by developing specialized skills they can apply on the job right away. Micro-credentials in the form of graduate certificates have the added benefit of offering learners the flexibility of starting a formal academic program and earning a credential with or without committing to an entire degree.