The TPS Civics Educator Micro-Credential program is for teachers of any subject and any grade because civics is not just for social studies any more. The program was created by the Foundation in partnership with DePaul University with support from a grant from the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources program. The intent of the program is to deepen the knowledge and expertise of teachers across the nation who prioritize the integration of civics across grades and subjects within inquiry-based instruction using primary sources to transform student learning.
What is Micro-credentialing?
Micro-credentialing is an emerging method of professional development for teachers that makes learning practical. Micro-credentials, which are displayed in the form of a digital badge, provide recognition for skills educators currently have and new skills they demonstrate. Once earned, a micro-credential is a permanent part of an educator’s record and is portable from organization to organization as educators build their careers.
The program consists of 3 distinct courses, each leading to an individual digital badge. The courses are “stacked” as one course builds to the next, culminating in a “master” digital badge. Each course contains 4 modules that are completed at the pace of the learner. Each activity within the modules involves about 1 hour of study and application is directly tied to teacher practice. The courses also feature pre-assessments that evaluate current skills and enable personalized learning, including possible exemption from certain course components. The courses include:
- TPS Civics Teaching Expert
- TPS Civics Curriculum Design Expert
- TPS Civics Coaching Expert