Have you taught introductory Developer courses? We still want you!

Amanda Van Kleeck

We're still looking for volunteers to help us with the development of a new Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA)* exam covering Microsoft .NET fundamentals. So if you've taught introductory Developer courses in a high school, community college, or other learning environnment, we want you!

MTA is the first Microsoft certification targeted specifically at students who are new to IT. The exams validate the foundational knowledge needed to begin building a career by using Microsoft technologies. Candidates for these exams are expected to have some hands-on experience with the technology, but are not expected to have any work experience. MTA provides an ideal stepping stone to our professional MCTS certifications and to a career in IT.

Please e-mail me at amandaw@microsoft.com if you'd like to participate in developing this exam. If you know someone else who would be interested in volunteering, please send them a link to this post. We want to hear from as many people as possible.

*If this is the first you've heard about MTA, you can find out more about it here on Born to Learn. If you work for an academic institution, you can sign up for a free 45-day trial campus license here.

  • Anonymous
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    So is MTA an extension to an IT Academy...academic institution can sign up for a free 45-day trial licence...does that mean one could get an MTA certification in that time and could those certificates later on be used for teaching more people later on?

    Sorry for being somewhat unclear, we're new to all this, but are contemplating to open up an IT academy at our academic institution (though we lack officially certified teachers right now).


  • Amanda Van Kleeck
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    Hi ELMS, checking into your question right now. Stay tuned.

  • Amanda Van Kleeck
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    Thank you so much for your patience, ELMS. MTA is available to all academic institutions, and it is a great complement to the IT Academy program. IT Academies get a 15% discount on an MTA campus license, which provides a single campus with up to 1,000 MTA exams, unlimited faculty proctors and unlimited access to MTA Exam Review Kits.

    MTA exams presented and passed during the 45-day free trial lead to an MTA certification just as they do under a purchased campus license or voucher. Faculty that passes the exams under trial get the certification and become better positioned to train their students for MTA in the future.

    The deadline to register for the 45-day trial is December 31st, 2010. The 45 days start counting at the time of registration, and during that period of time the school is able to deliver up to 50 MTA exams for free. Let me know if I can be of any further assistance. Amanda