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Professional Learning

Teacher Leadership: Association Pathway - Micro-credentials

This stack of five micro-credentials is intended to teach educators how to advocate for diversity, equity, and cultural competence and develop leadership skills in instruction, policy, and/or association.

At a Glance

This stack is based on the Teacher Leadership Competencies that were developed in partnership by National Education Association, National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and Center for Teaching Quality. They are designed to help teachers develop leadership skills in instruction, association and educational policy.


  • Professional Leadership


  • Develop skills needed to be engaged in association leadership.
  • Develop leadership skills to organize and advocate for a needed researched cause or policy.
Developed by:

National Education Association

Last Updated: November 25, 2020


Audience Role

  • Teacher


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

Session Length

Approx. 15 hours per micro-credential

Session Format


Individual micro-credential topics include: 

  • Learning Community
  • Leading Skill
  • Leading Vision
  • Organizing and Advocacy
  • Building Capacity in Others

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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