What Are ED Technology Specialists Micro-Credentials?

Micro-credentials are stackable credentials that are part of a sequence of qualifications that can be accumulated over time.  Micro-credentials build up an individual’s qualifications and help that individual move along a career pathway and further education.  The Google Educator Level 1 and Google Educator Level 2 digital badges are an example of micro-credentials.

Now you can earn micro-credentials that demonstrate and verify the skills you achieve while completing ED Technology Specialists courses. This is a complimentary service available to participants who meet the requirements listed below and complete the appropriate forms. The ED Technology Specialists micro-credentials are part of a sequence of credentials accumulated over time.  These micro-credentials indicate that you have furthered your skills as an educator – expertly integrating technology into your practice to facilitate student engagement and success.The micro-credentials can be added to a portfolio, blog, resume, or professional profile and will verify your skills as an ETS Digital Learner, Digital Integrator, Edtech Practitioner, Emerging Edtech Specialists, and Certified Edtech Specialist. Participants who earn the Certified Edtech Specialist micro-credential will additionally receive a reference letter from an instructor. Each micro-credential is accompanied by a portfolio of specific evidence submitted by the participant to demonstrate competence in the skill.

The ED Technology Specialists (ETS) micro-credentials you can earn are illustrated below:

                                     

If you meet the requirements to earn a micro-credential, an official letter will be sent to you including evidence of the work you did to earn this.  Here is an example of what that looks like:

How Do I Earn My Micro-Credential Badge?

Level 1: Digital Learner

Step One: Complete at least one ED Technology Specialists 3-Credit course with a B+ or higher.

 

Step Two: Click this link to fill out this form.  If you have proven that you have met the qualifications, an official letter with the official “Digital Learner” badge will be emailed to you.

Level 2: Digital Integrator

Step One: Complete at least three ED Technology Specialists 3-Credit courses with a B+ or higher.

 

Step Two: Click this link to fill out this form.  If you have proven that you have met the qualifications, an official letter with the official “Digital Integrator” badge will be emailed to you.

Level 3: Edtech Practitioner

Step One: Complete at least five ED Technology Specialists 3-Credit courses with a B+ or higher.

 

Step Two: Click this link to fill out this form.  If you have proven that you have met the qualifications, an official letter with the official “Edtech Practitioner” badge will be emailed to you.

Level 4: Emerging Edtech Specialist

Step One: Complete at least seven ED Technology Specialists 3-Credit courses with a B+ or higher.

 

Step Two: Click this link to fill out this form.  If you have proven that you have met the qualifications, an official letter with the official “Emerging Edtech Specialist” badge will be emailed to you.

Level 5: Certified Edtech Specialist

Step One: Complete at least ten ED Technology Specialists 3-Credit courses with a B+ or higher.

 

Step Two: Click this link to fill out this form.  If you have proven that you have met the qualifications, an official letter with the official “Certified Edtech Specialist” badge will be emailed to you.  In addition, a letter of reference will be sent to you.

Guidelines on Using Your Digital Badge

Here are some examples of where you can show the badge that you earned:

  • Business cards
  • Email Signatures
  • Digital Portfolios
  • LinkedIn Profiles
  • Presentation materials for clients
  • Resume
  • Personal Websites
  • Any other place where you would like to display your educational technology skills

Please only use the badge with the same size and dimensions as displayed the official letter that was sent to you.  The dimensions are 2” by 2”.  You cannot remove, distort, or alter any element of the digital badge. For example, you cannot change the colors of the badge or alter the position of the logo on it.

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