What is a Micro-Credential?
A Micro-Credential certifies that a student has attained a specified competency or skill set, generally by completing a group of 2 to 4 related courses with a grade of B or better. Once the requirements of a Micro-Credential are completed, the student is issued a digital icon from Credly’s Acclaim Micro-Credential platform that can be embedded in social media (e.g. LinkedIn) or an electronic résumé. These icons are linked to pages with validating information about the Micro-Credential that prospective employers and educational programs can click through to.
Why would I want One?
Micro-Credentials offer several benefits:
- They can help you get a job or move to the next level of your education. By certifying specific competencies you have gained through coursework and activities, they highlight strengths and accomplishments that can help distinguish you to potential employers and post-graduate programs. Not only can you post them online, but also you can use links from them to related job listings, and they are searchable online, so employers looking for people with your skills can actually find you!
- They can be the first step toward a larger credential. Micro-Credentials are “stackable,” which means that the classes you take toward a Micro can also be counted later toward a Certificate program, the major or minor in a Bachelors program, or a Masters degree.
- They reward you for studying topics that broaden your horizons and expand your skill sets. They present tangible evidence of what you have accomplished when you take a small group of courses outside of your primary field of study, which can lead you to discover interests and ability you may never have thought of, and to cultivate talents that supplement your main strengths in ways you never dreamed.
What Micro-Credentials are Available from Old Westbury?
Old Westbury currently offers 9 Micro-Credentials:
- Business Taxation (3 Graduate level Taxation courses)
- Estate, Gift & Trust Taxation (2 Graduate level Taxation courses)
- Advanced TV/Video Production
- Foundational Counseling Skills (3 Undergraduate Psychology courses)
- Foundations of Cognitive Neuropsychology
- Foundations of Neuropsychopharmacology
- Foundations of Nonprofit Management
- Fundamentals of Non-Fiction Video Production
- Fundamentals of Television News Production
Who can Earn an Old Westbury Micro-Credential?
- Students who are currently enrolled in an Old Westbury degree program.
- Students who are not currently enrolled, but are accepted as non-degree students.
Note: To pursue a graduate level Micro-Credential, students must have a bachelor’s degree.
How Can I Get One?
To begin your pursuit of a Micro-Credential, select your student type from the following list and follow the instructions.
- Currently enrolled or recently enrolled SUNY Old Westbury students: Login to connect.oldwestbury.edu. Click the “Registration” button and then click the “Application for Micro-Credential” link in the “Forms” area to fill out and submit a “Micro-Credential Application Form”.
- Students who have attended SUNY Old Westbury but have stopped out for one or more years: Complete a Readmission form, and then follow the instruction above.
- Non-Degree/Non-matriculated Students: Students interested in pursuing a Micro-Credential without being enrolled in a degree program at Old Westbury should fill out and submit the "Request Information" form on this page. You will be contacted with instructions on how to proceed. DO NOT simply apply for admission as a non-degree student on your own, for there are restrictions on non-matriculated students’ ability to take courses you will need an adviser’s help with.
Take the classes that fulfill the Micro-Credential’s requirements. In doing so, note that:
- If you have already taken one or more courses required for it, they will count so long as:
- they were taken within the last 5 years, and
- you take at least one course required for either of the Taxation Micros or the Counseling Skills Micro in the Fall of 2019 or after, or at least one course required for any of the other Micros in the Fall of 2020 or after.
- You must satisfy the prerequisite requirements for each course in a Micro in order to sign up for the course. Non-degree students may need the assistance of an adviser to help with this.
Once you have satisfied all the requirements of the Micro-Credential, you will be contacted with instructions on how to obtain your digital icon and utilize it online.
Currently enrolled students or for general information, email micros [at] oldwestbury.edu. To pursue a Micro-Credential as a Non-Degree student, submit the “Non-Matriculated Micro-Credential Application” form and follow the instructions that will be emailed to you.