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Professional Learning

Supporting English Language Learners - Micro-credentials

This stack of eight micro-credentials is designed to help educators understand the complexities of teaching students who are learning English as a second language.

At a Glance

This stack covers multiple topics that will support you in understanding language acquisition theories and then applying this knowledge to design effective assessment and instruction to support students learning English. You will also have an opportunity to explore ways in which to advocate for you English Language Learners and their families.


  • English Language Learning
  • Student Learning


  • Educators will learn how to support English Language Learners in the classroom.
Developed by:

National Education Association

Last Updated: 07/31/2020



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

Session Length

Approx. 15 hours per micro-credential

Session Format


Individual micro-credential topics include: 

  • Advocating for ELL students and their families at the school level
  • Advocating for ELL-Friendly Local, State, and Federal Policies
  • Analyzing Assessments to Support ELL Learning
  • Understanding Academic Language
  • Understanding Second Language Acquisition (SLA) Stages
  • Using ELL Strategies in the Classroom
  • Using Formative Assessments to Support ELL Learning
  • Using Standards to Plan for ELL Students

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. The full list of available NEA micro-credentials can be found at:

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