Coding in Minecraft on Virginia DoE state list

We’re excited to announce that the Virginia Board of Education has approved ‘Coding in Minecraft’ to be added to the board-approved Industry Certifications, Occupational Competency Assessments, and Professional Licenses for the school year 2022-2023.

The Virginia Department of Education has concluded that ‘Coding in Minecraft’ meets the career and technical education (CTE) graduation requirement upon completion of the Capstone Credential Examination. Starting in the school year 2022-2023, students who achieve the ‘Coding in Minecraft’ Capstone Credential will receive up to two student-selected verified credits to meet graduation requirements. Beyond earning a credential, students will develop their creativity, self-confidence, foster their critical thinking and problem-solving skills while being immersed in the world of Minecraft: Education Edition.

What is the ‘Coding in Minecraft’ credential?

‘Coding in Minecraft’ is a game-based certification and credential program with supporting curriculum, delivered through Minecraft: Education Edition and hosted on Azure. The pathway comprises four courses that immerse students in a Minecraft world to develop and prove their coding skills using MakeCode and JavaScript or Python. Each course has an associated credential which are awarded by the teacher using formative assessment and is adapted to students from age 9-16.

The proctored capstone credential exam can be taken in any web browser and proves students’ skills in block-based coding and either JavaScript or Python. The pathway comprises four credentials, each with an associated curriculum where learning is delivered in the game. Students earn the capstone credential by taking a proctored capstone exam. The first two credentials—introduction and intermediate—use easy-to-learn block-based coding in MakeCode to introduce beginners to basic coding concepts. The advanced course introduces students to text-based coding in JavaScript or Python.

Interested in learning more about the ‘Coding in Minecraft’ program? Request a demo here.