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Professional Excellence Badges

Micro-Credentialing Series

Free for UR Employees

Stackable

Customizable

Program overview

A Micro-Credentialing Process provides individuals the unique opportunity to grow professionally and advance in their careers. Our micro-credentials are a flexible, convenient way for you to stay competitive or branch out in today’s changing higher education workplace. You’ll gain the in-demand skills, knowledge and experience to grow professionally and become “Ever Better.”

The micro-credentialing series, offered through the Warner School’s Center for Professional Development, will not only meet your needs but also can be stacked together — making it possible for you to start small and build out. In addition, you will dive deeper into a focused area of study in less time than a full degree program. Most of the 9-credit tracks include one core course and two specialized courses from our registered graduate degree programs. By applying for a badge, you can showcase your new skills on your academic record. Additionally, these high-quality offerings create a more flexible bridge to a certificate or graduate degree, if you choose to continue on and apply to a graduate program at the Warner School. The bundled cost to earn a 9-credit badge is $6,750. Benefit-eligible University of Rochester employees will receive tuition benefits and a guaranteed scholarship.

Key features

  • Minimum Credits: 9 graduate credits.
  • Customizable: Tailor your micro-credentials to your career needs and interests for an even more in-depth understanding and mastery of highly-specific, applicable skills that will help you remain relevant and current in higher education settings.
  • Career Growth: Invest in your professional learning by adding more skills critical to advancing your career in higher education. Micro-credentials are a quick way to do so. Complete multiple micro-credentials for an even more in-depth understanding of various focus areas.
  • Autonomy: Gain a level of autonomy to personalize your learning, highlight the skills you’ve developed, and grow a better understanding of your career path and leadership capacity.
  • Stackable: Complete multiple micro-credentials for an even more in-depth understanding of various focus areas. The series provides a pathway to a certificate or degree program, where you can transfer credits earned from your micro-credential.
  • Free to Participate for UR Employees: There is no cost to benefit eligible UR employees to earn a micro-credential. Take advantage of tuition benefits and a guaranteed scholarship.
  • Supportive Environment: Engage with full-time faculty and peers at the master’s and doctoral levels inside the Warner School’s classrooms.

Prerequisite

  • A bachelor's degree

Questions?

Badge Tracks

We offer seven pathway options, with each leading to a 9-credit badge

ED 483: Communication and Counseling Skills for Teachers, Administrators & Other Helping Professionals (Fall)

ED 475: Leadership & Management in Higher Education (Spring)

EDU 446: Entrepreneurial Skills for Educators (Spring, Summer A & B)

ED 406: Master’s Research Methods (Fall, Spring, Summer A & B)

Decision Making with Data

Elevate your leadership skills in collecting, analyzing and using information to answer questions about projects, policies and programs and impact meaningful change.

ED 520: Program Evaluation (Fall, Summer A)

ED 406: Master’s Research Methods (Fall, Spring, Summer A, Summer A & B)

Three one-credit sequence:

ED 528: Using Quant Data Software (Fall, Spring, Summer A)

ED 525: Interview & Focus Group Techniques (Fall, Spring, Summer A)

ED 524: Survey Design (Fall, Spring, Summer A)

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Demonstrate and advance your commitment to fostering a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment equipped with essential skills for driving positive change in the workplace.

ED 437: Diversity and Equity in Higher Education (Spring)

Choose one of the following courses:

EDU 442: Race, Class, Gender & Disability in Education (Fall, Spring, Summer B)

EDE 437: Diversity & Equity in Health Professions Education (Spring)

EDE 497: Black Girls and Women in Education (Spring)

Leading Healthcare Education

Gain the basic knowledge and skills necessary to excel in the dynamic field of healthcare education, contributing to the enhancement of healthcare education, training and overall program success.

EDU 497: Teaching and Learning in Higher Education and Healthcare Settings (Summer, Fall)

Choose two of the following courses:

EDU 580: Foundations of Health Professions Education (Fall)

EDU 581: Clinical Teaching in Healthcare Professions Education: Teaching and Instructional Methods (Spring)

EDE 437: Diversity and Equity in Health Professions Education (Spring)

EDE 569: Interprofessional Education in Health Professions (Spring)

Leading Organizational Innovations

Showcase your expertise and skills in managing finances and leading effectively in higher education settings, enabling you to work toward sustainable success.

EDU 515: Decision Making for Educational Leaders I (Fall)

Choose one of the following courses:

EDU 492: Governance, Policy & Administration in Higher Education (Fall)

ED 475: Leadership & Management in Higher Education (Spring)

Professional Learning

Grow and showcase your commitment and capacity to inspire and guide individuals and teams toward advancing their skills and knowledge through continuous professional learning.

ED 516: Designing & Evaluating Professional Development (Spring)

Choose one of the following courses:

EDU 454: Career Counseling & Development (Spring, Summer A)

EDU 497: Teaching and Learning in Higher Education and Healthcare Settings (Summer, Fall)

Online Learning

Acquire the knowledge and skills to design and execute learning experiences that utilize online and digital learning across various instructional settings.

EDE 484: Online Teaching and Learning (Fall, Spring, Summer A & B)

EDE 486: Designing Online Courses (Fall, Spring, Summer A & B)

EDU 446: Entrepreneurial Skills for Educators (Spring, Summer A & B)

Policy and Social Change

Explore critical policy issues and acquire the skills to become a catalyst for social change, equipping yourself to successfully influence and lead the creation and implementation of educational policies.

ED 439: Policy Analysis in Education (Fall)

Choose one of the following courses:

EDU 576: Contemporary Issues in Higher Education (Fall)

ED 437: Diversity and Equity in Higher Education (Spring)

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