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Professional Learning

Supporting Exceptional Learners - Micro-credentials

This stack of six micro-credentials is meant to help all educators support exceptional students in their classroom.

At a Glance

The focus of this stack is collaboration with stakeholders, understanding federal policies, and providing support to students with exceptional needs.


  • Federal Legislation
  • IDEA
  • Student Learning


  • Learn how to navigate federal policy
  • Create functional behavior plans
  • Learn how to effectively collaborate with stakeholders
  • Use universal design principles to create accessible lessons for all students
Developed by:

National Education Association

Last Updated: July 30, 2020


Audience Role

  • Affiliate


  • Early Childhood
  • Elementary School
  • High School
  • Middle School

Session Length

Approx. 15 minutes per micro-credential

Session Format


Individual micro-credential topics include: 

  • IEP Implementation-Communication and Collaboration
  • Understanding the IEP Process
  • Functional Behavior Assessment and Intervention Plans
  • IDEA – Determining Eligibility
  • Working with Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Introduction to Universal Design and Learning

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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