An accessible, convenient way to grow in your profession

Maybe you’re yearning to grow in your professional practice, but you keep pushing that goal to the end of your priority list—you know, that very long list where you consistently wind up at the bottom.

NEA is here to help! With NEA Micro-Credentials, you can move what’s good for you and your career back to the top of your priority list, and pursue professional growth in a way that’s accessible and convenient.

A micro-credential is a short, competency-based recognition—grounded in research and best practice—that allows you to demonstrate mastery in a particular area, such as addressing challenging classroom behaviors.

I am really excited about NEA-Micro-Credentials because you have the option of learning on your own or joining a community of learners who share your interests and objectives. 

There are more than 80 NEA Micro-Credentials from which to choose. These micro-credentials are:

·       Personalized, allowing you to create your own journey based on your interests, goals, students, school, and district;

·       Flexible, so you can study when it’s convenient, either on your own or with peers; and

·       Performance-based, awarded based on your demonstrated mastery of the subject matter.

You might already have the skills in a certain domain and want to earn a micro-credential to signify your prowess. Or maybe you want to grow in a particular area. Going through the rigorous micro-credential process will help you develop skills and build understanding.

Start by browsing all the micro-credentials available—from bully-free schools to supporting English language learners.

Once you’ve made your choice, you have six months to complete the process, which will involve collecting the evidence that demonstrates your competence in the selected area.

Then share your achievement with your evaluator, post it on social media, add it to your résumé, and do a little humble bragging about it. Your district or state may accept micro-credentials as education units, but you have to check first.

Also, check with your local NEA affiliate to find out about organizing a learning community, or take a look at the Affiliate Toolkit if you work for an affiliate. Have more questions? See the FAQ or drop us a line at

Now that you know about NEA Micro-Credentials, let the journey of exploration, growth, and learning begin!

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