The American Council on Education (ACE) recommends bachelor and associate degree college credit for select Microsoft certifications. Approved certifications are eligible for one to three semester hours of college credit in classes on computer applications, information technology or computer information systems. See what colleges are part of the ACE program.
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Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP)
In whatever your students are interested – security, database, mobility or cloud computing -- Microsoft Certified Professional credential helps them achieve their goals and provides a fast track to college and career success.
Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA)
MTA certification validates understanding of basic technology concepts in software development and information technology. Becoming MTA certified can give you a strong base to support further learning in computer science or IT infrastructure.
1. Ninety-one percent of hiring managers consider certification as part of their hiring criteria. (Microsoft, Microsoft Certification Program Satisfaction Study, April 2012)
2. In high-growth industries, entry-level employees who hold a Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) certification or Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification can earn up to $16,000 more, annually, than their peers. (IDC/Microsoft, Skills Requirements for Tomorrow’s Best Jobs: Helping Educators Provide Students with Skills and Tools They Need, October 2013)