What is micro-credentialing?
Micro-credentials are a potentially game-changing strategy for states to help experienced, hard-working and highly skilled teachers continuously improve their practice to meet the ever-increasing needs of their students in a global, 21st-century economy. Micro-credentials are a competency-based, personalized validation that a teacher has mastered a specific classroom practice and can use it effectively in his or her classroom (Excel in Ed). It’s part of a broader move toward personalized, competency-based learning – a concept increasingly found in the K-12 space applied to adult learners.
Micro-credentialing addresses the shortcomings of traditional professional development by enabling educators to demonstrate what they know, based on skills and practices that lead to increased student achievement.
States use micro-credentials to:
- Target the skills teachers most need
- Achieve a higher return on investment in professional learning
- Make teacher relicensure more meaningful
- Address teacher shortages
- Create skills-based pathways for career advancement, where strong teachers can remain in the classroom
Micro-credentialing Facts & Figures
3 in 4 teachers in US already engage in some form of information professional development or learning. This allows teachers to be recognized for the skills they have, regardless of when or how they developed them.
21 states have adopted all of Digital Promise’s micro-credentials enabling teachers to achieve re-certification through continued learning and skills mastery.