Educators: Focus Your Curriculum on 21st-Century Skills
You can use the Microsoft IT Academy program to tailor education offerings suitable for your particular institution. By taking exams and becoming certified, students earn tangible validation of their skills, assuring prospective employers they’re ready for today’s workforce.
Primary and high schools: The curriculum for younger students spans several levels, from learning how to use computers to developing skills with Microsoft Office. More advanced students can develop skills that qualify them for certification as Microsoft Office Specialists or as Microsoft Technology Associates.
Two-year schools: Designed for two-year colleges, community colleges, vocational, technical, and preparatory institutions, this curriculum builds knowledge and experience in productivity tools and other technology applications that students will encounter on the job.
Four-year schools: Designed for higher education institutions and universities, this curriculum provides an excellent foundation for career advancement in technology and other fields.
Choosing the right certifications for your institution
Certifications appropriate for all institutions:
Microsoft Office Specialist certification demonstrates that an individual is proficient in the Microsoft Office suite and has the most up-to-date skills. Becoming a Microsoft Office Specialist helps increase everyday productivity while providing the tools to succeed in a technology-driven world.
Microsoft Technology Associate certification is an optional entry-level credential from Microsoft that validates students' knowledge of technology concepts. This is a critical first step toward building a successful career in technology or in a variety of other career paths.
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist certification demonstrates a high level of technology commitment to successfully implement, build on, troubleshoot, and debug a particular Microsoft technology, such as a Windows operating system. This proficiency demonstrates a comprehensive set of skills focused on advancing IT knowledge and taking on greater job challenges.
Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate certification validates the core platform skills needed in an IT environment, whether in the cloud or on premise. It is a prerequisite to achieving our flagship Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) certification.
Certifications appropriate for four-year schools:
Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP) certification helps distinguish an individual as a professional with a comprehensive set of IT skills that effectively work with Microsoft technologies. The skills are necessary to perform a particular job role, such as database administrator or enterprise messaging administrator.
Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) is Microsoft’s flagship certification for experienced professionals who want to lead their IT organization’s journey to the cloud. These certifications recognize IT pros and developers with broad and deep skill sets across Microsoft solutions and technologies.
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