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Microcredentials

 

A microcredential (MC) is a credential issued by Farmingdale State College that verifies, validates and attests that specific skills and/or competencies have been achieved. They differ from traditional degrees and certificates in that they are generally offered in shorter or more flexible timespans and tend to be more narrowly focused. Microcredentials can be offered on-campus, online, or in a hybrid format, and can be credit or non-credit bearing. Microcredentials may be recognized by certain industries, in which case they may have the advantage of providing validation and attestation of industry-specific and frequently highly sought-after competencies.

Microcredentials:

  • Highlight progressive attainment of competencies and skills while you work towards your degree.
  • Serve as an introduction or entry into a degree program.
  • Provide complementary skills in the form of workforce training.
  • Improve your marketability to potential employers.
  • Allow for specialization within with degree or certificate program.

Farmingdale State College offers three types of Microcredentials:

  • College
    • At least two and no more than four 3-credit classes or the equivalent.
    • A cluster of content across several credit-bearing courses that builds to a requisite body
      of knowledge.
      * Both types require credit-bearing activities.

  • Workforce Development
    • Regional workforce training that can be credit or non-credit bearing, including training for FSC
      faculty and staff.

  • Co-curricular
    • Related to career development, applied learning, and/or campus and civic engagement and is
      non-credit bearing.

Yes. Digital badges are the digital representation that a microcredential has been achieved.

  • The Office of the Provost will issue digital badges to students who have completed the microcredential requirements.
  • Digital badges will be sent to the student's email address.
  • FSC utilizes the Credly/Acclaim digital badging system.

College Microcredentials:

  • College microcredentials are credit-bearing; therefore, standard tuition and fees apply. For more detailed tuition and fee information, please click here.

Workforce Development Microcredentials:

  • For non-credit workforce development microcredentials, cost may vary depending on individual microcredentials. 
  • For credit-bearing workforce development microcredentials, standard tuition and fees apply.

Co-curricular Microcredentials:

  • Co-curricular microcredentials are non-credited activities; therefore, do not incur tuition. However, in certain instances fees may apply.

 

 

Microcredentials

Microcredential Description
Intro to Cannabis digital badge

Introduction to the Cannabis Industry

Earners complete a 2-day workshop to gain an overview of the New York State cannabis industry, production, health-related aspects of medical and recreational marijuana, marketing and management, the economics of the cannabis industry, and legal aspects of the industry. Participants obtain an understanding of the economic & employment opportunities available in the industry, the skills that they may need acquire to enter and work in the industry, and the regulatory environment of the cannabis industry. Click here for more information.

This microcredential was developed with Queens College (CUNY).

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Community and Civic Engagement

Earners of this microcredential will engage in Applied Learning experiences with real-world applications concentrated in community and civic engagement. Earners demonstrate a minimum of 20 hrs of Applied Learning specifically in designated civic engagement, community service, and community engagement/social justice internships. Activities integrate key competencies such as career/self-development, leadership, communication, professionalism, critical thinking, teamwork, equity & inclusion, and use of technology. Click here for more information.

SUNY Gen Ed MC

SUNY Start: Gen-ed

Earners of this microcredential will acquire knowledge and skills in communication, critical thinking, historical perspective and quantitative reasoning. This microcredential consists of courses in Basic Communication, History, Social/Behavioral Sciences, and Math. Earners will achieve skills that are useful and important for all educated persons, regardless of their jobs or professions. Successful completion of this microcredential satisfies 4 of the 7 SUNY required gen-ed subject areas. Click here for more information.

SUNY Gen Ed MC

SUNY: Gen-ed

Earners of this microcredential will acquire knowledge and skills in analytic thinking, problem-solving, cultural competency, and information management. This microcredential consists of courses in Arts, Humanities, Natural Science, and Modern Languages,. Earners will achieve skills that are useful and important for all educated persons, regardless of their jobs or professions. Successful completion of this microcredential satisfies 4 of the 7 SUNY required gen-ed subject areas. Click here for more information.

Child Dev MC

Developmental Science: Child Emphasis

Earners of this microcredential will demonstrate an understanding of the educational, emotional, intellectual and social development of children. This microcredential will be of interest to those planning a career in working with typically or atypically developing children. (Teacher, School Counselor, Developmental Disabilities Specialist, Social Worker, Child Psychologist, Pediatric Nurse/Pediatrician, Child Life Specialist, Speech Pathologist, Researcher, or Applied Behavioral Analyst.) Click here for more information.

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Child Development Associate: Infant/Toddler

Earners of this microcredential will be provided with specialized content area training to enter the childcare field. It is designed for anyone who is interested in becoming an early childhood educator. Moreover, the credential is designed to provide additional knowledge and experience to students interested in applying for graduate education to study early child development, early childhood clinical intervention, or early childhood education. Click here for more information. 

This microcredential was developed in partnership with New York Early Childhood Professional Development Institute.

Financial Mathematics Digital Badge

Financial Mathematics

Earners of this microcredential will acquire knowledge and skills across the mathematical & computational spectrum. This microcredential provides a solid foundation in quantitative and computational finance within a hands-on, application-oriented learning environment. Course work includes basic financial mathematics, continuous-time finance, and financial engineering. Participants will gain quantitative method skills that can be leveraged across a diverse field of applications. Click here for more information.

Eco and Fin MC

Economic and Financial Analysis

Earners of this microcredential will acquire knowledge and skills across the mathematical & computational spectrum. This microcredential provides a solid foundation in quantitative and computational finance within a hands-on, application-oriented learning environment. Course work includes basic financial mathematics, continuous-time finance, and financial engineering. Participants will gain quantitative method skills that can be leveraged across a diverse field of applications. Click here for more information.

Horticulture MC

Sustainable Horticulture

Earners of this microcredential will increase their knowledge of contemporary landscape sustainable practices and can help solve regional environmental problems. This microcredential establishes a common framework to define the profession of sustainable landscape design and development. Earners will demonstrate their knowledge, expertise, and commitment to the horticulture profession, the construction industry, stewardship of the environment, and society at large. Click here for more information.

Building Graphics Digital Badge

Building Graphics and Statics

Earners of the Building Graphics and Statics Microcredential will demonstrate an understanding of construction graphics and statics. Credits earned in this microcredential are applicable toward the Architectural Engineering Technology and Construction Management Engineering Technology degree programs. In addition, the Building Graphics and Statics Microcredential will be of interest to those planning a career in architecture or construction management. Click here for more information.

MEP MC

Building Construction, MEP, and Energy Systems

Earners of the Building Construction, MEP, and Energy Systems microcredential will demonstrate an understanding of building construction materials and methods and mechanical, electrical, plumbing and energy systems. This microcredential will be of interest to those planning a career in architecture or construction management. Click here for more information.

Wind Energy Tech Badge

Wind Energy Technology

Earners of the Wind Energy Technology microcredential will receive preparation for technical careers in wind energy-related fields. Facilities and laboratories specifically designed and equipped for the microcredential will provide students with hands-on experience to learn and apply theory through the use of trainers and virtual reality simulations. The microcredential will be of interest to those planning a career in wind energy. Click here for more information.

CAD Digital Badge

Computer Aided Design (CAD)

Earners of this microcredential will demonstrate an understanding of CAD, manufacturing, and tool design. This microcredential will be of interest to those planning a career in mechanical engineering, manufacturing engineering, product design, mechanical system design, or automation. Computer Aided Design (CAD) is one of the main skills required in the engineering field. Click here for more information.

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Advanced Speaking and Writing

Earners of this microcredential will develop advanced skills in speaking and writing that can be applied to professional, civil, and academic contexts. This microcredential will be of interest to students pursuing careers in fields that demand the effective presentation of ideas and high levels of communicative competence. Coursework in this microcredential will hone skills in professional and technical speaking and writing, persuasion, and the objective presentation of information. Click here for more information.

Computer Security MC

Computer Security

Earners of this microcredential will be able to explain and classify digital information systems and networks, describe computer network concepts, understand the basic cryptographic principles, analyze security threats to a computer network, and understand the fundamental operations of a computer security system. This microcredential is conducted in a one-day virtual workshop format.

Please note: the Computer Security microcredential is currently not being offered. Please contact the Computer Security department for more information.

Transpo MC

Transportation and Emergency Preparedness

Earners of this microcredential will gain introductory knowledge and skills in three major areas: Transportation Modeling and Road Evacuation Alternatives, Medical Response and Medical Site Planning, and Incident Management. This microcredential is conducted in a one-day virtual workshop format.

Please note: the Transportation and Emergency Preparedness microcredential is currently not being offered. Please contact the Computer Security department for more information.

Geothermal MC

Geothermal Accredited Installer

Earners of this microcredential will acquire skills to install and troubleshoot Ground-Source Heat Pump (GSHP) systems and learn the overall system design of Geothermal systems. Earners will also learn how to select material, pumps, and fluids. In addition, earners will be exposed to proper drilling and trenching procedures. Click here for more information.

Last Modified 6/23/22