Micro-credentials Overview

Micro-credentials are a digital form of certification indicating that a person has demonstrated competency in a specific skill, such as data literacy, teacher leadership, or growth mindset. Rather than learning by watching, reading, or listening alone, micro-credentials promote learning by doing, that is, educators must apply their learnings in their practice and collect evidence, thereby demonstrating their competence.

Micro-credentials are:

  • Competency-based – Educators focus on a discrete skill.
  • Research-backed – Each micro-credential focuses on effective teaching practices that have been validated through published research.
  • On-demand – Educators can earn micro-credentials on their own time.
  • Personalized – Educators can select the micro-credentials they wish to earn based on their needs or instructional goals.
  • Shareable – Educators can display their digital badge on their resume, blog, or LinkedIn.

Micro-credentials available through the BloomBoard platform are issued by leading educator training organizations including the Relay Graduate School of Education, the Center for Teaching Quality, and The Friday Institute for Educational Innovation and focus on a variety of skills such as building classroom culture, collaborative problem solving, and growth mindset.

Visit bloomboard.com/digitalpromise for a complete listing of micro-credentials available.

“Educators earn credentials at the beginning of their careers, but they learn new skills every day. A micro-credential system provides teachers with the opportunity to gain recognition for skills they master throughout their careers.”

Karen Cator, President and CEO of Digital Promise

How Micro-credentials Work

Each micro-credential goes through an approval process with Digital Promise, the thought leaders in competency-based education. To guide the development of micro-credentials, Digital Promise has designed a framework to ensure that each micro-credential:

  • Focuses on a single competency
  • Has a key method that is backed by research
  • Requires the submission of evidence
  • Includes a rubric or scoring guide

To earn a micro-credential from the BloomBoard platform, educators must submit artifacts of learning from work in their classrooms, such as student work samples, classroom videos, or reflections, as evidence that they have achieved competency of the discrete skill outlined by the micro-credential. Certified assessors will review this evidence and award the micro-credential once the competency is demonstrated.

Once a micro-credential has been earned, educators may be eligible for formal professional development credit (e.g. CEUs) or graduate credit. Learn more about these educator incentives.

Micro-credentials in Action

Digital Promise has developed a collection of stories from partners who are on their micro-credential implementation journey. Read their stories to learn how micro-credentials are helping to improve effective classroom practice.

Support your educators with personalized, competency-based professional development powered by micro-credentials.