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Massive List of MOOC-based Microcredentials

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, all major providers have launched their own microcredentials, often trademarking them.

For instance, on edX, several courses may stack up to microcredentials such as Professional Certificates or MicroMasters. And on Coursera, microcredentials such as Specializations or MasterTracks may stack up to full online degrees.

In 2018, we analyzed 450 microcredentials and found little consistency between them. Their cost and effort estimates can vary widely. Furthermore, we found that there is as much variability within each type of microcredential 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, with Coursera’s Specializations making up almost half of them.

Analysis by Class Central shows that 73% of the microcredentials are from the field of business and technology.

Microcredential Distribution by Subject

Recently, microcredentials have become part of Class Central’s catalog. You can find them the same way you do courses. Below is a list of the different types of microcredentials broken down by provider. The ones we aggregate have been linked. Click on the link to see the whole list.

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

Coursera Specialization (432)

edX Professional certificate (122)

edX XSeries (38)

edX MicroMasters (56)

FutureLearn Programs (43)

Udacity Nanodegrees (45)



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