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Massive List of MOOC-based Microcredentials

Over 1500 microcredentials from providers like Coursera, edX, FutureLearn, and Udacity.

 

Microcredentials a Massive List

Microcredentials are part of the higher education trend toward modularity and stackability. They involve combining small, individual learning units into broader, cohesive qualifications. In that sense, they live somewhere in the space between single courses and full degrees.

Class Central has been keeping track of MOOC-based microcredentials since 2013, when edX launched the first microcredential: XSeries. Since then, all major providers have launched their own microcredentials, often trademarking them.

For instance, Coursera packages courses into microcredentials such as Specializations, Professional Certificates, and MasterTracks. And edX, into Professional Certificates, MicroBachelors, or MicroMasters.

In 2018, we analyzed 450 microcredentials and found little consistency between them. Their cost and effort estimates varied widely. In addition, we found there’s as much variability within each microcredential type as across different types.

The hype around microcredentials has subsided a bit in favor of online degrees. But the microcredential offering has continued to grow. By the end of 2019, there were 800+ microcredentials. Now, in mid-2021, there are 1500+ microcredentials, with Coursera’s Specializations making up almost half of them.

A Class Central analysis shows that ~75% of the microcredentials are in business and technology.

Microcredential Distribution by Subject

You can find microcredentials in Class Central’s catalog the same way you do courses. Below is a list of the different types of microcredentials broken down by provider. Click on a link to jump to the relevant section.

Microcredentials on the Market Today
Platform Microcredentials
Coursera Specialization, MasterTrack, Professional Certificate
edX XSeries, MicroBachelors, MicroMasters, Professional Certificate, Professional Education
Udacity Nanodegree
FutureLearn Program, ExpertTrack, Microcredentials
Kadenze Program

Coursera Specialization (683)

Coursera MasterTrack (31)

Coursera Professional Certificate (29)

edX Xseries (53)

edX Microbachelors (12)

edX Micromasters (71)

edX Professional Certificate (262)

edX Professional Education (97)

FutureLearn Program (119)

FutureLearn ExpertTrack (82)

FutureLearn Microcredential (14)

Udacity Nanodegree (79)

Kadenze Program (19)

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Dhawal Shah

Dhawal is the CEO of Class Central, the most popular search engine and review site for online courses and MOOCs. He has completed over a dozen MOOCs and has written over 200 articles about the MOOC space, including contributions to TechCrunch, EdSurge, Quartz, and VentureBeat.

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