ADEA Micro-credential FAQs

  1. Who can participate in a the ADEA Micro-credential Program? 
    • The program is offered to both ADEA members and non-members. ADEA members receive a 20% discount on their submission fee.  
  2. Is there a common framework for each micro-credential?
    • Yes. Each micro-credential contains: 
      1. A clearly defined and targeted goal. 
      2. Objectives and outcomes. 
      3. Supporting research that validates the need for the micro-credential. 
      4. Sample resources to assist with professional development. 
      5. Submission guidelines. Each submission is tailored to the individual micro-credential but contains three basic parts: overview questions, reflection questions and portfolio artifact submission(s).
      6. Grading rubrics.
  3. Can I submit work that was done in collaboration with others?
    1. Sections 1 and 2 ("Overview" and "Reflection Questions") should be your own work. Section 3 ("Portfolio Artifact") may have been developed in collaboration with peers, but you must have provided significant contributions to the final product. 
  4. Can I resubmit if I don’t meet the requirements?
    • Yes. You will receive feedback from the peer-review and be able to resubmit at no additional charge.  
  5. How long does the peer-review process take?
    • ADEA Micro-credentials submissions are collected for review twice a year (Jan. 15 and July 15). Once collected, it will take approximately eight weeks for review.
    • Example: A member submits for a micro-credential on June 1. Since the next quarterly deadline is July 15, feedback will be communicated by mid-Sept.
  6. What if I don’t see a micro-credential topic I want to pursue? 
    • Let us know at! The ADEA micro-credential catalog is expanding to meet your needs.
  7. Can I get involved as a volunteer in the program?
    • Yes! Please contact us at Peer reviewers and micro-credential developers of new topics are welcome.
  8. Is this a certification?
    • ADEA Micro-credentials are not a certification and are not meant to replace or supersede any existing standards, requirements, licensures or similar items. The micro-credential program supports recognition of participants’ efforts toward lifelong learning, self-directed learning, evidence-based practice and focused skills development in targeted areas.