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A micro-credential is a short, competency-based recognition that allows an educator to demonstrate mastery in a particular area such as Trauma Informed Pedagogy, Bully Free Schools, English Language Learners. NEA micro-credentials are created by educators, for educators, and are grounded in research and best-practices designed to be:

  • Personalized: Create your own learning journey, based on your interests and career goals; gaps in your skills; and the needs of your students, school, district.
  • Flexible: You can study when it’s convenient for you, alone or with your peers.
  • Performance-based: Unlike “sit-and-get” training, micro-credentials are awarded based on demonstrated mastery of the subject matter.

Get started by browsing the micro-credential library. For micro-credentials recommended for ESPs, see this list. Choose any micro-credential and submit your work. When you are awarded your micro-credential, send confirmation of your micro-credential to and receive 15 PDUs from OEA OR obtain 1 semester graduate credit for $50. To receive your graduate credit, complete the online registration form ( and submit proof of your micro-credential award/badge. You'll receive your credit within a few days. See below for a help video on how to set up your micro-credential account to get started with micro-credentials.

Tips for micro-credential success:

  • Choose your micro-credential wisely. Consider the evidence required, what you already know, and the submission requirements.
  • Study the guidelines and scoring rubrics carefully. There is a lot of information and a close read will improve the quality of your work.
  • Answer all the prompts completely, and ensure you provide all the required evidence.
  • Text help for micro-credential questions: Text micro to 48744
    An NEA educator will respond to your questions within 48 hours.

If you don’t pass the first time, you can resubmit your evidence using the feedback you receive from the educator reviewers to improve your submission. For how-to help, access the following short videos from NEA:

If you have other questions about micro-credentials, email us at

Already earned an NEA micro-credential? Apply for graduate credit below.