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Imagine a system of professional learning for all teachers aligned with high quality standards that provides personalized professional learning opportunities in multiple formats, times and ways. Opportunities based on the skills, knowledge, and competencies each teacher needs to improve his or her practice so that every student can achieve at his or her maximum potential. A system that has the capacity to assess and recognize the acquisition, and demonstration of each teacher’s skills, knowledge and competencies so they can advance in their career, be acknowledged and rewarded as professionals across schools, districts and the country.

This future is the vision of the NC Partnership for Mocro-Credentials, a collaboration of the NC State Board of Education, digiLEARN, and our partners and funders, including:

  • The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction
  • New America
  • RTI International
  • Belk Foundation
  • Carnegie Corporation
  • Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation


Our mission is to develop a state-recognized system of competency-based micro-credentials that promotes and is integrated with a high-quality system of teacher professional learning. As part of this professional learning system, competency-based micro-credentials should encourage and support the expansion of teachers’ skills and knowledge to improve the achievement and outcomes of all students.


  • Model micro-credential standards,
  • Criteria for agencies credentialing micro-credentials, and
  • Model policy for North Carolina and other states for micro-credentials.


Develop a system of teacher micro-credentialing which:

  • is aligned with NC Teaching Standards, Learning Forward Standards for Professional Learning, NC Digital Learning Competencies for Teachers and Administrators and NC Digital Learning Competencies for Students.
  • incorporates teachers’ perspective.
  • recognize teachers’ professional growth and advancement through clearly defined rewards.
  • is focused on fairly and equitably promoting and assessing teacher growth and advancement to improve student outcomes in both tested and non-tested subjects.
  • is formally connected to professional learning and other human capital systems that allow for additional recognition and rewards to be bestowed upon teachers earning relevant high-quality micro-credentials.
  • is recognized by state, national, and/or credentialing agencies to ensure portability of micro-credentials across NC districts, as well as value by hiring entities outside of the state.
  • can become a model policy for other states.

Work Moving Forward

The desired outcomes for our work are to have:

  • model micro-credential standards,
  • criteria for credentialing agencies and
  • model policy for North Carolina and other states

Download our full workplan.