What is ADEA Micro-credentialing?

The ADEA Micro-credentialing Program is a way to verify that your individual professional development has been put into practice. It is a way to clearly communicate these achievements to employers and peers, as well to assist with lifelong learning. 

How does it work?

ADEA members identify a skill to develop and submit evidence that they have mastered the skill. To participate in a micro-credential program:

  1. Select the button below to browse the growing catalog of ADEA Micro-credentials (A list of ADEA Micro-credentials is also at the bottom of this page)

    View and Register for ADEA Micro-credentials
  2. Register for the micro-credential you would like to pursue and view its associated requirements. All ADEA Micro-credentials include tailored:
    1. Overview/background Questions
    2. Reflective Essays
    3. Work-based portfolio artifacts
  3. If needed, seek professional development in that subject area. Each micro-credential includes references to core resources which can be supplemented by ADEA events, upcoming webinars, on-demand courses, the Journal of Dental Education or any other relevant source (e.g. professional development at your local institution). 
  4. Gather work-based evidence and draft your written responses. 
  5. Submit for peer-review on ADEA eLearn.

What do I get if successful?

Each earner of an ADEA Micro-credential is issued a unique and verifiable digital badge. 

What is a unique and verifiable digital badge?

Every ADEA Micro-credential badge issued contains meta-data in it that is unique to the earner and cannot be modified. When someone (e.g. a peer, current or prospective employer) views the meta-data, they can see when you earned the badge, what requirements it took to earn the micro-credential and even the work sample you submitted (if requested). 

Digital badges can be embedded in your social media profile (LinkedIn is most common), email signature or CV. 

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Who developed the micro-credentials?

ADEA Micro-credentials were developed by the ADEA Council of Sections and its membership. Each micro-credential’s criteria are developed and submissions are peer-reviewed by subject matter experts. 

Please navigate to this page to view a listing of contributors. 

Additional questions? 

See our FAQ for other common questions.