Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota loves teachers! Their words and actions help our children appreciate the value of their own uniqueness as well as the unique character of the people and world around them. We are proud to support them in all they do. This is why we are especially excited to announce the expansion of the badging and micro-credentialing initiative through the Saint Mary’s School of Education.
At the start of the summer, Saint Mary’s partnered with Credly, an industry leader in digital credentials, to provide students with 20 industry-specific micro-credentials tied to in-demand skills in culturally responsive teaching, mental health in education, critical, creative and design thinking and teaching, and training and leading with technology. These credentials have become valuable additions to our students’ professional portfolios. In fact, over 175 credentials have been accepted and shared throughout professional and social media networks in the School of Education so far!
“I was just given a badge from Saint Mary’s. My work of two years has led me to a possible enhancement in mental health awareness for K-12 students. I’m proud of being aware of childhood health and how we can improve upon it for our students. We all want our students to be successful and happy. The better we can understand, the more we can create beautiful relationships as teacher to student.” —Tiffany Alequin M’21
Building on the success of this initial offering, the School of Education is proud to announce the launch of an additional five distinct micros-credentials beginning in summer term 2, tied to graduate courses in Saint Mary’s specialization in curriculum and instruction:
- EDMA 612: Learning Environments
- EDMA 614: Communication and Collaboration
- EDMA 620: Curriculum Design
- EDMA 622: Assessment and Evaluation
- EDMA 624: Effective Instruction
Badges will be automatically issued to students who have successfully completed badged courses beginning in fall 2020 up to the present summer term 2.
Students who have successfully completed a badged course prior to fall 2020 that would like to receive the corresponding badge(s) can submit a request.
Once again, we are thrilled by the energy and enthusiasm you have shown regarding badges and micro-credentials. We look forward to continuing the work to identify and recognize skills-based achievement across the university, helping to ensure that our students are among the most well-prepared to meet the challenges of tomorrow.
To learn more about digital badges and micro-credentials at Saint Mary’s, visit smumn.edu/badges.