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Professional Learning

ESP Professional Growth Continuum Micro-credentials

This stack of eight micro-credentials provides states, local education agencies, and individuals the ability to choose different routes that meet the specific needs and interests of their school community.

At a Glance

Earn recognition for your skills and knowledge by pursuing the NEA ESP Professional Growth Continuum micro-credentials. Developed for ESP members by ESP members, these micro-credentials validate your professional impact and make your resume pop.


  • Adult Learning
  • ESP Professional Growth Continuum
  • Family & Community Engagement
  • Peer Mentoring & Collaboration
  • Positive School Environments
  • Professional Leadership


  • Learn how to use the Universal Standards and Levels of Practice to reflect on current skills and knowledge
  • Map out competency areas to strengthen or improve your practice across all stages of your career
  • Earn recognition for your skills and knowledge
Developed by:

National Education Association

Last Updated: July 31, 2020


Audience Role

  • Affiliate
  • Education Support Professional


  • Early Childhood
  • Elementary School
  • High School
  • Higher Education
  • Middle School

Session Length

Approx. 15 hours per micro-credential

Session Format


Micro-credentials are a digital form of certification indicating demonstrated competency/mastery in a specific skill or set of skills.

Each individual micro-credential in this stack aligns with one of the ESP Universal Standards: 

  • Communication 
  • Cultural Competence
  • Ethics
  • Health and Safety
  • Organization
  • Professionalism
  • Reporting
  • Technology

NEA Micro-credentials are offered at no cost to NEA members. Non-NEA members will be charged a $125.00 scoring fee per micro-credential at the time of submission.

View the full list of available NEA ESP micro-credentials.

Learn more about the ESP Universal Standards and Professional Growth Continuum.

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