What is a Micro-credential for Teachers?

 Micro-credential for Teachers

When teachers focus on professional development by taking continuing education classes, they are often required to attend “one size fits all” classes that don't meet their specific training needs. Micro-credentials have emerged as an answer to this problem. Courses are focused on specific topic areas, allowing teachers to take a course that benefits them directly and helps them achieve their educational goals. This "bite-sized" approach to continuing education has many advantages.


With competency-based continuing education, teachers are given credit for what they already know. Micro-credentials allow teachers to focus their continuing education time and effort on a specific area of interest in granular detail without going over topics a teacher is already proficient in. 

Less Time

Micro-credential courses offer shorter classes over a smaller time-frame because the course is focused on one major component of education. This means educators can spend more time in the classroom or educational setting implementing strategies and less time sitting in a conference room. 


Micro-credentials are focused on issues that have a direct impact on the specific job of a teacher. While theoretical issues are included, the emphasis is on acquiring skills that can immediately be implemented in the classroom. 

Certification and Credit

By completing a number of micro-credentials, some programs offer teachers the opportunity to earn credits toward certification. Others issue graduates a badge showing they have mastered skills in their area. Some schools, such as Fresno Pacific University, allow students to apply some micro-credentials toward degree credit.

Examples of Micro Credentials

Another advantage of a micro-credential is the wide variety of topics to choose from. Fresno Pacific University is a good example, with micro credentials offered in teaching and leadership, global compliance, STEM, and technology, among other areas.

Specific courses include:

  • Instructional leadership
  • Basic and advanced performance assessment design
  • Creative thinking and innovating
  • Digital fluency
  • Core STEM teaching practices
  • Global graduates
  • Designing and facilitating high-quality professional learning

Meeting professional development requirements can be a challenge for teachers. Time and money are both issues. Micro-credentials have opened a new avenue, allowing teachers to expand their skills and achieve professional development milestones more efficiently.

Teachers are able to develop expertise in a specific educational practice in a setting in which they get feedback from outside sources as well as credit for what they have learned.

Using micro credentials for professional development is an approach worth considering for teachers who want to break down their continuing education into smaller parts, eventually developing mastery in complex areas of education.


Related Articles

A teacher assists his students with the latest technology. He benefits from professional development courses focusing on technology training for teachers.
Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Technology Training for Teachers with Online PD Courses from Fresno Pacific University

Technology training for teachers is an ideal way to maintain professional development credits and stay current with technology tools and software.
A teacher uses her data-driven decisions making skills as she develops her class material.
Thursday, December 24, 2020

Earn PD Units with a Data-Driven Decision Making Course

The data-driven decision making course offering from FPU help teachers improve how they teach in the classroom.
Monday, November 30, 2020

Join Us for the 2020 Advent Devotional 🕊️

Celebration is upon us! Fresno Pacific University invites you to embrace the holiday spirit and join Dr. Joseph Jones and the President's Cabinet for the 2020 Advent devotional.