Professional Learning Through Micro-Credentials


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What are micro-credentials? 

A micro-credential is professional learning that allows an educator to demonstrate competency for a discrete skill that can be demonstrated through the submission of artifacts scored by trained assessors against a rubric. After successful completion of the micro-credential, educators receive a digital badge to display as evidence of consistent and effective use of the target skill in their professional practice. 

Why earn micro-credentials?

Micro-credentials allow educators time to learn, to reflect, and to implement content that will impact their professional practices and lead to higher achievement for students. Micro-credentials also allow educators the flexibility to personalize learning experiences that are relevant to the needs of their students and backed by research as best-practices. Micro-credentials provide a way to recognize educators for existing skills and talents or newly acquired skills that are demonstrated in the educators' own time and in their own space.  

How are micro-credentials being used in Arkansas? 

DESE recognizes micro-credentials as part of a comprehensive system of professional development. Currently, DESE approved micro-credentials are used in a variety of ways to support teachers at all stages of the career continuum. 

DESE is excited to announce the first micro-credentials available through the Office of Educator Effectiveness and Licensure and ArkansasIDEAS. These introductory micro-credentials are available to educators at no cost. Teachers and administrators should discuss the micro-credential options that best support the school or district initiatives and the educator's professional growth goals. To learn more about DESE micro-credentials visit:  https://arkansasideas.org/micro-credentials 

Content Assessment Micro-credentials: An educator who scores within -2 Standard Errors of Measure (SEM) from the qualifying score on their content area assessment may supplement the content area score by completing an approved micro-credential. Successful completion of the micro-credential and other requirements of the AAP qualify the teacher for a standard teaching license. Educators must be issued their provisional license under the AAP prior to purchasing a micro-credential. Currently, the following micro-credentials are available to teachers eligible for an APP:

  • Recognizing and Upholding Academic Rigor
  • Leveraging Formative Assessment During a Math Lesson
  • Leveraging Formative Assessment During an ELA Lesson

Pedagogy Assessment Micro-credential: An educator teaching under a Provisional Professional Teaching License (PPTL) may choose to complete micro-credentials to take the place of the Praxis Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) as a measure of pedagogical assessment. In addition, the PPTL educator may complete micro-credentials to fulfill the requirement for the additional 12 hours of training in pedagogy each year. Currently, the following micro-credentials are available to teachers working under a PPTL:

  • Building Positive Relationships with Students
  • Implementing Collaborative Learning Structures
  • Leveraging Effective Instructional Practices 
Arkansas Teacher Career Continuum: Career Professionals seeking to earn the Master Teacher or Lead Teacher Professional designation can select from approved micro-credential pathways to earn these distinctions for licensure. 
 
Additional Opportunities: Districts may elect to use stacks of micro-credentials to create opportunities for advancement on the district’s salary schedule.

For more information, please contact:

Bobette Ray, Program Advisor
Arkansas Department of Education
Division of Elementary and Secondary Education
Office of Educator Effectiveness
Four Capitol Mall
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: 501-350-0188