Microsoft Badges and Certifications: For Educators and Students

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Digital Microsoft badges for Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Access.

Digital badges are earned by completing and showing competency of additional online coursework on a specific topic. Badges are a way to distinguish competency of skills and to distinguish educators or students who have gone above and beyond. Once earned the badge and/or certification is often placed after signatures on emails. For students, badges and/or certifications are included on college applications and resumes.

Microsoft has a wide variety of badges covering all kinds of specialized tech-related topics.

Microsoft Badges for Educators

Educator badges fall under four categories; each category has numerous options.

  1. Activities & Programs
  2. Courses
  3. Sharing
  4. Skype

One course, Training Teachers to Author Accessible Content, is especially beneficial for teachers who work with students with visual impairments - both mainstream educators and Teachers of the Visually Impaired. Earn a Microsoft badge for this hour-long online course! This course has 10 quick modules; each module includes a short video clip.

Microsoft Certifications

Certifications require more extensive training than badges and certifications require passing an exam. Recognized internationally, Microsoft Office Specialist certifications (MOS) include Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, and Outlook; the next level is Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Expert. High school students are strongly encouraged to earn these Microsoft Certifications!

Reasons to get certified

  • Students who pass a Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) exam can get credit towards college classes.
  • 72% of employers use IT certification as a requirement for certain jobs.
  • 65% of IT employers use certifications to differentiate between equally qualified candidates.
  • 91% of hiring managers consider certification as part of their hiring criteria.
  • In high-growth industries, entry-level employees who hold a Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) certification or Microsoft Office Specialist certification can earn up to $16,000 more, annually, than their peers.

Learn more about Microsoft Certifications here.

Read Veroniiiica's experiences in her blog post, Microsoft Office Specialist Certification and Low Vision

How to Claim your Digital Microsoft Badge 

After achieving a certification, you will receive an automated email from Microsoft with general details on the Microsoft Certification Program. This is automatically followed by an email notification from Acclaim - Microsoft has partnered with Pearson VUE's Acclaim platform which provides the digital badge. You will need to create an account with Acclaim. There is no cost to claim your Microsoft badge.

The video below explains how to manage your digital badge.

 

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