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When I was a classroom teacher, my main job was to educate my students but I wasn’t done when they left my classroom for the day. I taught my students and then continued my own education, taking classes to earn a second Master’s in School Administration and Technology Leadership from Johns Hopkins University. I was lucky that my degree was subsidized by the school system where I taught and completed my coursework before I had my kids.
But not everyone is so lucky. The truth is, teachers are expected to be lifelong learners. Professional growth is part of the job and while many options exist to support educators, time and limited financial resources can seem like big barriers to coursework necessary for subject area competency and to achieve a higher salary.
These days teachers can continue their education through in-person classes but a wealth of online options such as micro-credentialing exist to help busy professionals earn necessary credits or gain knowledge to help their students even in they’re strapped for time.
8 Reasons to Consider Micro-Credentials for Professional Development
For teachers who want to enhance their knowledge about a specific topic, micro-credentials can be an efficient way means of professional development. Micro-credentials provides digital certification for skills developed throughout their careers. Education Week describes micro-credentials as “more personalized, engaging, and relevant to teachers.” Shifting towards displaying evidence of progress in specific skills is also thought to make professional development more effective. Other benefits to micro-credentials include: