Educator Micro-credentials

Digital Promise has built an innovative system of micro-credentials to recognize educators for the skills they learn throughout their careers in order to craft powerful learning experiences for their students.

Micro-credentials are a natural extension of educators’ professional learning journeys. Educators engage in both formal and informal professional learning activities but are rarely recognized for their informal learning. Micro-credentials do.

Four design features define educator micro-credentials:

CoIdeaGeneratingExamplempetency-based: Micro-credentials allow educators to focus on a discrete skill related to their practice — for instance, checking for student understanding — and collect the evidence — such as classroom videos or student work to demonstrate ability in that specific skill.


On-demandUsingTimeExample: Through an agile online platform that clearly identifies each micro-credential’s competency and required evidence, educators can start and continue the process of earning micro-credentials on their own time.


Grit & Resilience (2)Personalized: Because educators are able to select the micro-credentials they wish to earn, they can create their own professional learning journey aligned to their specific student needs and school-wide instructional goals.


Screen Shot 2016-08-09 at 7.09.09 AMShareable: Once educators earn micro-credentials, they can display the digital badges on Edmodo, LinkedIn, or a blog to signal their demonstrated competence wherever their professional journey might take them.

Educator Micro-credential Eco-system

  • supporting deeper learningThe Digital Promise educator micro-credential system, supported by a coalition of educators and partners, provides teachers with an opportunity to gain recognition for skills they develop throughout their careers, regardless of where or how they learned them.
  • As an emerging professional development strategy, micro-credentials enable our public education system to continuously identify, capture, recognize and share the best practices of America’s educators, so all teachers can hone their existing skills and learn new ones.


Start exploring micro-credentials today.