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Professional Learning

ESP Professional Growth Continuum - Micro-credentials

This stack of eight micro-credentials provides states, local education agencies, and individuals the ability to choose different routes that meet the specific needs and interests of their school community.

At a Glance

Through a Professional Growth Continuum, the time and skills of ESPs can be maximized for the benefit of the whole school community.


  • Adult Learning
  • ESP Professional Growth Continuum
  • Family & Community Engagement
  • Peer Mentoring & Collaboration
  • Positive School Environments
  • Professional Leadership


  • ESPs will learn how to use the Universal Standards and Levels of Practice to reflect on their current skills and knowledge and map out the competency areas that can be strengthened or improved in order to move across a continuum of professional growth for
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National Education Association

Last Updated: 07/31/2020


Audience Role

  • Affiliate
  • Education Support Professional


  • Early Childhood
  • Elementary School
  • High School
  • Higher Education
  • Middle School

Session Length

Approx. 15 hours per micro-credential

Session Format


Each individual micro-credential aligns with one of the ESP Universal Standards: 

  • Communication 
  • Cultural Competence
  • Ethics
  • Health and Safety
  • Organization
  • Professionalism
  • Reporting
  • Technology

NEA Micro-credentials are offered at no cost to NEA members. Non-NEA members will be charged a $125.00 scoring fee per micro-credential at the time of submission. The full list of available NEA micro-credentials can be found at:

Learn more about the ESP Universal Standards and to view the Professional Growth Continuum here.

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