Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

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A Division of the Arkansas Department of Education

Professional Learning Opportunities


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Microcredentialing:  Transforming Professional Learning

Micro-credentials create an opportunity for educators to “learn by doing”. Educators can earn micro-credentials by demonstrating competency of a skill or skill set in their classroom.  While working on their selected task, the educator is coached along the pathway with effective and timely feedback.  Their work is reviewed by a group of trained educators who determine if competency has been reached. The earned micro-credential follows the educator’s career path, assisting in appropriate human capital decisions and in some instances the micro-credential can also lead to graduate credit.

Over 1,000 micro-credentials have been awarded to Arkansas educators. This transformation in professional learning not only aligns with the vision for education in Arkansas but also with research that supports job embedded professional development. This initiative will save valuable instruction time as well as professional development funds, leading to more effective teaching and learning.

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Publication: Micro-credentials: Driving teacher learning & leadership (PDF) 

For more information, please contact:

Sandra Hurst, Director of Educator Effectiveness
Division of Educator Effectiveness
Arkansas Department of Education
Four Capitol Mall, Room 402-B
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: 501-682-8526
Fax: 501-682-1193

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