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Micro-Credentials

A micro-credential is a short, competency-based recognition. VT-NEA & NEA offer over 175 micro-credentials that have been created by educators for educators.
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If you’re reading this, it means you’re interested in taking steps to improve your practice as an educator and create better outcomes for your students. Congratulations! Your commitment to lifelong professional learning is essential in helping VT-NEA & NEA fulfill our joint mission to provide a great public education for every student.

Unfortunately, not all educators have access to the professional development support they need. That’s why we created NEA Micro-credentials—to make it easy for all educators (teachers and education support professionals alike) to access professional learning opportunities throughout our careers.

What’s a Micro-Credential? 

A micro-credential is a short, competency-based recognition that allows an educator to demonstrate mastery in a particular area. NEA micro-credentials are grounded in research and best practice and designed to be: 

  • Personalized: You can create your own learning journey, based on your interests and career goals; gaps in your skills; and the specific needs of your students, school, and district. 
  • Flexible: You can study when it’s convenient for you, alone or with your peers. 
  • Performance-based: Unlike “sit-and-get” certifications, NEA micro-credentials are awarded based on demonstrated mastery of the subject matter, not just for showing up. 

How Do Micro-Credentials Work? 

Micro-credentials are flexible. You can choose to learn on your own, or join a learning community and support each other through the process. The process is rigorous, so working with a group can help you earn your micro-credential sooner. Contact Juliette Longchamp at [email protected] to learn more about your options. 

I chose the NEA micro-credentials specifically because of the reputation of the organization. Unlike private firms who offer micro-credentials for a cost, I knew that the NEA had the best interest of educators in mind and that they would be consistent and reliable.

–Kristen Pierce (IL)  

Ready to get started? Here's how it works, at a glance:

  • Go to nea.certificationbank.com/vermont to get started. 
  • Select a skill you have developed or would like to develop. 
  • Collect the required evidence demonstrating your competence in the selected area.  
  • Submit by uploading your evidence.
  • Share your achievement with others! 
  • Once you earn the Micro-Credential, forward the email to Juliette Longchamp at [email protected], who will then provide a 15 hour PD Certificate, which can be used for Vermont Educator License Renewal. 
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The Union of Vermont Educators

The Vermont-National Education Association is the union of Vermont educators, 13,000 professionals who teach the state's children every day. As the state's largest union, Vermont-NEA is proud to represent the people who make a difference in the lives of students in classrooms across Vermont.