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A micro-credential is a short, competency-based recognition. NEA offers over 175 micro-credentials that have been created by educators for educators.

What’s a Micro-Credential? 

A micro-credential is a short, competency-based recognition that allows an educator to demonstrate mastery in a particular area. NEA micro-credentials are grounded in research and best practice and designed to be: 

  • Personalized: You can create your own learning journey, based on your interests and career goals; gaps in your skills; and the specific needs of your students, school, and district. 
  • Flexible: You can study when it’s convenient for you, alone or with your peers. 
  • Performance-based: Unlike “sit-and-get” certifications, NEA micro-credentials are awarded based on demonstrated mastery of the subject matter, not just for showing up. 

How Do Micro-Credentials Work? 

Micro-credentials are flexible. You can choose to learn on your own, or join a learning community and support each other through the process. The process is rigorous, so working with a group can help you earn your micro-credential sooner. Contact your local NEA affiliate to learn more about your options. 

I chose the NEA micro-credentials specifically because of the reputation of the organization. Unlike private firms who offer micro-credentials for a cost, I knew that the NEA had the best interest of educators in mind and that they would be consistent and reliable. –Kristen Pierce (IL)  


  • Go to to get started. 
  • Select a skill you have developed or would like to develop. 
  • Collect the required evidence demonstrating your competence in the selected area.  
  • Submit by uploading your evidence.   
  • Share your achievement with others!  

Tips for earning a micro-credential 

Follow these tips to avoid the need for resubmission: 

  • Choose your micro-credential wisely. 
  • Study guidelines and scoring rubrics carefully. 
  • Answer all prompts; provide required evidence. 
  • Take advantage of your support system. 

If you don’t pass the first time, you can address the feedback you receive from the reviewers and resubmit as often as you need to. 

National Education Association

Great public schools for every student

The National Education Association (NEA), the nation's largest professional employee organization, is committed to advancing the cause of public education. NEA's 3 million members work at every level of education—from pre-school to university graduate programs. NEA has affiliate organizations in every state and in more than 14,000 communities across the United States.