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.
Is there a common framework for each micro-credential?
Yes. Each micro-credential contains:
A clearly defined and targeted goal.
Objectives and outcomes.
Supporting research that validates the need for the micro-credential.
Sample resources to assist with professional development.
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).
Can I submit work that was done in collaboration with others?
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.
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.
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.
What if I don’t see a micro-credential topic I want to pursue?
Let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org! The ADEA micro-credential catalog is expanding to meet your needs.
Can I get involved as a volunteer in the program?
Yes! Please contact us at email@example.com. Peer reviewers and micro-credential developers of new topics are welcome.
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.