Coppin State Leading the Way for In-Demand Skills Recognition

Published Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

Micro-credentials seen as a wave of the future

Baltimore, MD – Coppin State University became the first University System of Maryland institution to offer micro-credentials to students. The initial badge recognizes skills in leadership, but Coppin is developing an array of micro-credentials to strengthen and validate career-ready competencies while streamlining pathways to professions. The first set of Micro-Credentials in Teaching Effectiveness will be unveiled this week.

Federal grant funding under a Teacher Quality Partnership Grant (TQP) provided the means for Coppin’s School of Education to develop its Pathways to Professions (P2P) program. P2P is a systemic initiative designed, in part, to grant stackable competency-based micro-credentials across the life-long learning cycle.

Coppin State University President, Dr. Maria Thompson says, “I’m pleased that Coppin is leading the University System of Maryland in breaking through traditional academic preparation to career-wide competency credentialing. Micro-credentials do not replace the bachelor’s degree or Ph.D., but instead underscore individual achieved competencies and skills acquired while on the path to completing courses and degrees.”

A collection of six competency-based micro-credentials with foci on improving discipline-specific competencies and enhancing career success will be piloted at Coppin and partnering institutions of higher education this fall. The first six P2P Micro-Credentials in Teaching Effectiveness are (1) Diversity and Growth Mindset; (2) Universal Design for Learning; (3) Differentiated Instruction; (4) Behavior and Classroom Management; (5) Assessment and Progress Monitoring; and (6) Family Engagement and Teacher Leadership.

An additional collection of digital badges with foci on common employability skills to improve career readiness and increase career value is also being designed and piloted. They include (1) Critical Thinking/Problem Solving, (2) Oral/Written Communications, (3) Leadership, (4) Teamwork/Collaboration, (5) Digital Technology and (6) Career Management.

Dr. Yi Huang, P2P principal investigator and associate dean of the College of Arts & Sciences and Education at Coppin State University says, “Education is increasingly vital to democratic progress, social mobility and economic prosperity. We believe that micro-credentialing will be the wave of the future in higher education, providing additional pathways to employment and career success.”

With funding support from the U.S. Department of Education, Coppin State University, in partnership with Frostburg State University and several educational agencies in the region, is hosting the first P2P Leadership Academy on September 27-29, 2017, at Turf Valley Resort in Ellicott City, Maryland.  The Teaching Effectiveness micro-credentials will be unveiled at the Academy, which represents a culminating event following a year of planning under the Teacher Quality Partnership Grant.