Micro-Credential Available for Keys to Beginning Reading

Are you interested in earning a micro-credential through Drexel University for completing our Keys to Beginning Reading professional development course?

Keys to Literacy has partnered with Credentials Unlimited and Drexel University to offer a Foundations of Literacy Acquisition micro-credential to educators who successfully complete our Keys to Beginning Reading course. This includes live-virtual or live-onsite training (delivered by Keys to Literacy trainers), the facilitated online course (facilitated by Keys to Literacy trainers), or the asynchronous course. It includes the basic course and state-specific, customized versions.

What is a micro-credential?

Micro-credentials are a form of professional development that break down a scholarly topic or general skill into its discrete parts. Micro-credentials require a demonstration of competency in each discrete segment of that general skill via a portfolio or performance assessment. Once competency has been demonstrated, a micro-credential is awarded. Individual micro-credentials are then “stacked” to collectively represent a proven body of knowledge on a particular scholarly topic or general skill. Micro-credentials elevate the outcomes of their learners — they not only learn about discrete embedded skills within a scholarly topic, but they apply the skill in their practice and demonstrate their pedagogical growth as a result.

As you continue to build your micro-credential courses, your digital transcript will capture all the competencies you have acquired. This electronic portfolio will be a wonderful way to manage all your micro-credentials. Your badge (like the one shown above) can be shared with your employer and on your social media.

How do I apply for the micro-credential?

This micro-credential and badge is offered by Drexel University (based in Pennsylvania), a world-class research institution committed to use-inspired research with real-world applications. To apply, register directly with Drexel University by clicking here. The link will bring you to a page that looks like this:

At this site, you can view the competencies related to this micro-credential. You can also view the requirements for demonstrating the knowledge gained from the course that include passing a final course assessment administered by Drexel University. You must receive a score of 80% or higher, and you have up to 3 attempts to pass the test. The other requirement is that you successfully complete the Keys to Beginning Reading course, as evidenced by the Certificate of Completion provided by Keys to Literacy when you complete the course. You will upload a copy of your certificate when you register.

How much does the micro-credential cost?

The cost is $50 which includes an electronic badge with proof of competencies. If you also want CEU’s the cost is an additional $10.

Who do I contact if I have questions?

The primary contact for this micro-credential is Credentials Unlimited: info@credentialsunlimited.com  If you have any questions, please do not contact Keys to Literacy.

Credentials Unlimited provides skills-based credentials through Drexel University to teachers that engage in professional development outside of a college-credit program. With so many opportunities for teachers to take non-credit course work, Credentials Unlimited offers a way to build a professional portfolio.


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