Micro-credentials are a digital form of certification indicating demonstrated competency/mastery in a specific skill or set of skills. To earn micro-credentials, educators identify competencies they want to master and complete the requirements to earn them. Because micro-credentialing is a relatively new model of professional learning, there is very little existing contract language or policy documentation codifying implementation. The NEA departments of Collective Bargaining and Member Advocacy and Teacher Quality collaborated on this document to highlight some issues that local affiliates should consider when implementing a micro-credential program. This is the first version of this document. As more NEA locals have experiences with micro-credentials, we anticipate revising this document and ultimately including strong contract language that our locals have negotiated.
WHAT IS A MICRO-CREDENTIAL?
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One Definition: A competency-based digital form of certification
- Local Affiliate Resources and a Tool kit;
- NEA Micro-Credential Professional Learning Community Facilitation Guide
- Micro-Credential Guidance
- Arts Integration (New)
- Assessment Literacy (New)
- Bullying & Sexual Harassment
- Working with English Language Learners
- Community Schools Improvement Science (New)
- Creating Safe Schools Spaces for LGBTQ Students
- Education Support Professionals: Professional Growth Continuum (New)
- Exceptional Learners (New)
- Trauma-Informed Pedagogy
- National Board Five Core Propositions
- I Can Do It - Classroom Management
- Classroom Practice (in TASC Standards)
- Technology for Instructional Coaches (Newest)
- Restorative Practcoes (Newest)
- ESP Building Better Teams (Newest)
COMING SOON: Red for Ed and Educator Ethics
NEA Micro-Credentials available for teachers and ESPs can support their professional development and excellence throughout the professional continuum.
With more than 150 Micro-Credentials in 27 “stacks”/topic groupings to choose from, based on one’s needs.
Job Embedded: Earn by demonstrating competency in a newly learned or established skill.
Flexible: Educators can work at their own pace, alone or with peers.
View our NEA Micro-Credentials Catalog here
Enroll and Access Your Micro-Credential dashboard 24/7.
Sonia Jasso Yilmaz, Senior Policy Analyst, NEA Teacher Quality,
firstname.lastname@example.org; Office: 202-822-7082; Cell: 202-422-3346
Ann Coffman, Manager, NEA Teacher Quality, email@example.com; Office: 202-822-7373