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How can I get certified in a programming language?
Learning a computer language is essential whether you are in the field or want to get into technology. Even those not directly in the field can benefit from learning code. For example, coding can help with problem-solving, data analysis, creativity, and communication.
But, how can you learn code without getting a full degree? That’s where a micro-credential comes in.
What is a micro-credential?
A micro-credential is similar to certification but broken down into smaller pieces. According to the National Education Association, “a micro-credential is a short, competency-based recognition that allows an educator to demonstrate mastery in a particular area.” It can be taken with less of a time constraint over a couple weeks. This is a faster, more flexible way to learn specific coding, so you can quickly utilize it in your profession.
Micro-credential in coding at CUWAA
Concordia University Wisconsin and Ann Arbor are excited to offer a micro-credential in coding. The micro-credential is made up of three mini-courses, that are composed of three parts each. Each course focuses on parts of coding that are essential to fully learning this skill.
What mini-courses are offered?
Coding 1: Coding Fundamentals
Like with any new skill you must learn the fundamentals, and then practice them to gain expertise. This first course offers you the fundamental skills needed to learn computer programming. Students will study topics in python coding fundamentals, and work with collections and data. This is the first in the micro-credential focusing on the fundamental skills needed to learn computer programming from the ground up.
Coding 2: Coding Early Objects and Algorithms
Algorithms take programming fundamentals and use them in ways to solve more complex issues. Students will learn about how to tell the computer what to do and how to do it with algorithms. Topics covered in the second course of the series are java coding fundamentals, searching and sorting algorithms, and android app development.
Coding 3: Computer Programming Linear and Non-Linear Data Structures
“A data structure is a way of storing and managing data,” according to Pediaa.com. Understanding the different types of data structures and how to use them is essential for programmers. This is the final offering in the micro-credential. It will focus on advanced data structures (linear and non-linear), with an emphasis on algorithms that take advantage of these data storage techniques.
How long does it take to complete?
Each mini-course is broken into 3 smaller pieces. The total time to complete an offering will be about 3 weeks. Therefore, to complete the coding micro-credential with the 3 coding classes would be 9 weeks in total.
How many total credits is this program?
The micro-credential is not credit-based. However, if a student chooses to pursue a degree at CUWAA after the program, they can potentially earn credits towards a degree. Learn more about what you can do with a computer science degree on our blog.
What are the benefits of earning a micro-credential?
Micro-credentials are a great solution for those who want an education in a topic but are not ready to do a full degree program. These are usually done online, and in self-paced formats which are flexible options for working professionals. Learning new skills and continuing your education, makes you more attractive to employers. It shows that you are investing in yourself and your career and you possess the drive to never stop learning.
After completing the course, students would earn a special credential that they could use to qualify for specific roles. For example, a high school teacher taking the coding credentials could then teach computer programming to their students. So, if you are looking to learn to code, receiving this micro-credential can help expand your career options or prepare you for a full degree as you transition into tech.
Ready to learn how to code?
Concordia’s micro-credential in coding will begin this October. If you have any questions about the course visit us HERE. Or if you are ready to join us this fall to learn coding skills, click the button below.
— Maddie Schueller is the Content Marketing Lead for Concordia University Wisconsin and Ann Arbor. In her free time, she enjoys listening to podcasts, anything music-related, and hanging out with her husband and daughter.
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