MICRO-CREDENTIAL PROGRAM

Master Teacher Pathway

BloomBoard’s Master Teacher Pathway is an innovative, alternative approach to traditional professional development and advanced degrees. Through this micro-credential-based learning program, districts can offer their educators a cost-effective alternative to earning a master’s degree that empowers professional growth and provides new opportunities for career and compensation advancement.

Program Overview

The Master Teacher Pathway is a master’s level course of study comprised of a series of micro-endorsements. It allows educators to prove proficiency in specific practice areas while accumulating masters equivalent credit hours approved by the district in advance. The program enables educators to:

Gain a full master’s degree equivalent level of expertise and demonstrate skills that can unlock new career advancement opportunities within a district.

Engage in a portfolio-based approach to improving practice and professional learning aligned to district initiatives.

Earn lane changing credit equivalent to a master’s degree at a fraction of the price. 

Delay program fee repayment until after they’ve received their salary increase.

How Micro-credentials Work

A micro-credential is earned by demonstrating competence in a specific skill via a portfolio of evidence created through classroom practice. Micro-credentials on BloomBoard follow the ADDIE (Analyze, Design, Develop, Implement, Evaluate) instructional design framework. All micro-credentials are based on a robust, standardized blueprint, grounded in four areas of instructional efficacy research including, cycles of inquiry, job-embedded supports, rigorously calibrated assessment, and portfolio-based learning. Learn more about micro-credentials »

How Micro-endorsements Work

Rooted in the concept of existing teaching endorsements, micro-endorsements are a competency-based approach to building requisite levels of proficiency in specific skill areas such as subject or pedagogical topics. The conceptual difference between traditional endorsements and micro-endorsements is that each micro-endorsement is made up of a cohesive group of micro-credentials, each representing an educator’s demonstration of competence in a single skill. By completing the series of micro-credentials in a micro-endorsement, an educator demonstrates their general competence and qualification in a subject area or pedagogical topic.

The Master Teacher Pathway includes two basic phases:

  • Foundational Micro-endorsement — All educators will complete a Foundational Micro-endorsement comprised of 10 micro-credentials on topics such as core instructional strategies, data-driven instruction, differentiation, student engagement, and others.
  • Specialized Micro-endorsements — Educators will then have the ability to choose from a selection of pre-approved specialized micro-endorsements in topics such as Personalized Learning, STEM, Computer Science, Social Emotional Learning, Cultural Competence, and others.

The total minimum required number of micro-credentials to complete the program is 30 micro-credentials, based on completion of the Foundations endorsement and a series of elective micro-endorsements equaling the sum of at least 30 total micro-credentials.

Phase 1: Foundations Micro-endorsement

The intent of the Foundations Micro-endorsement is to create an equity bar for rigorous instruction prior to educators selecting specialized micro-endorsements. The standard Foundations Micro-endorsement consists of 10 micro-credentials selected from the InTASC competency map. Teachers must earn all the micro-credentials included in the Foundations Micro-endorsement.

The Foundations Micro-endorsement includes the following micro-credentials:

Engaging in a Professional Learning Community

 

Engaging Students in Authentic Learning Experiences Connected to Local and Global Issues

Strategic Grouping Based on Data

 

Modifying Instruction through Formative Assessments During a Lesson

 

Utilizing Assessment Criteria with Students

 

Supporting Students to Work through Conflict

 

Deepening Understanding Through Probing Questions

Guiding Accountable Discussions in the Classroom

 

Implementing Collaborative Learning Structures

 

Promoting Student Metacognition

 

Phase 2: Specialized Micro-endorsements

Specialization micro-endorsements represent a set of competencies required to build deeper knowledge in a pedagogical or content-specific area of teaching. Teachers are able to select from a pre-approved district list of specializations that best align with their professional and individual classroom needs. All of the micro-credentials must be completed in a selected specialized micro-endorsement even if it exceeds the total number of micro-credentials required to complete the Master Teacher Pathway.

The BloomBoard specialization micro-endorsements are as follows:

National Board Pre-Candidacy

The National Board Pre-Candidacy specialization micro-endorsement aligns the advanced knowledge, skills, and practice that educators will need to be able to demonstrate in the National Board Certification process. In addition to completing the Foundations Micro-endorsement outlined above, you will need to complete the following micro-credentials to earn this micro-endorsement:

  • Using Knowledge of Students to Inform Instruction
  • Analyzing Student Work
  • Using Rubrics to Develop Analytical Writing
  • Utilizing Video as a Tool for Reflection
  • Analyzing Assessments in the Learning Cycles
  • Self Assessment
Computer Science Instruction / Computational Thinking (AIR)

The Computer Science Instruction / Computational Thinking specialization micro-endorsement from the American Institutes for Research provides the skills for teachers to helps students build the problem-solving skills necessary for complex situations they will encounter in a variety of contexts. In addition to completing the Foundations Micro-endorsement outlined above, you will need to complete the following micro-credentials to earn this micro-endorsement:

  • Creating Computational Artifacts
  • Developing and Using Abstractions
  • Recognizing and Defining Computational Problems
  • Testing and Refining Computational Artifacts
Computer Science Instruction / Computational Thinking (University of Rhode Island)

The Computer Science Instruction / Computational Thinking micro-endorsement from the University of Rhode Island provides the skills necessary to help students build the problem-solving skills necessary for complex situations they will encounter in a variety of contexts. In addition to completing the Foundations Micro-endorsement outlined above, you will need to complete the following micro-credentials to earn this micro-endorsement:

  • Teaching Secondary Computing
  • Teaching Secondary Data Analysis
  • Teaching Secondary Algorithms and Program Design
  • Teaching Secondary Algorithms and Program Development
  • Teaching Secondary Impacts of Computing
  • Teaching Secondary Networks and the Internet
Early Literacy Instruction

The Early Literacy Instruction micro-endorsement ensures teachers can successfully implement high-quality literacy instruction. In addition to completing the Foundations Micro-endorsement outlined above, you will need to complete the following micro-credentials to earn this micro-endorsement:

  • Integrating Early Literacy Techniques: Teaching Phonics
  • Integrating Early Literacy Techniques: Interactive Read Alouds
  • Integrating Early Literacy Techniques: Phonological Awareness
  • Integrating Early Literacy Techniques: Guided Reading
  • Integrating Early Literacy Techniques: Text-based Discussion
  • Integrating Early Literacy Techniques: Beginning Writing Instruction
Introduction to Personalized Learning

The Introduction to Personalized Learning micro-endorsement helps teachers to be able to apply personalized learning fundamentals at any given time with the understanding that learning objectives, content, methods, and pacing are likely to vary from learner to learner as they pursue their proficiency relative to established standards. In addition to completing the Foundations Micro-endorsement outlined above, you will need to complete the following micro-credentials to earn this micro-endorsement:

  • Embracing Change
  • Modeling a Growth Mindset
  • Shifting from Teacher-led to Student-driven Instruction
  • Setting SMART Innovation Goals
  • Forming Your Team
  • Communicating the WHY of Student-Centered Learning
  • Designing the Student Experience
Meeting the Needs of English Language Learners

The Meeting the Needs of English Language Learners micro-endorsement will help teachers develop the content knowledge, teaching skills, cultural background, and field experience to address the needs of English Language Learners. In addition to completing the Foundations Micro-endorsement outlined above, you will need to complete the following micro-credentials to earn this micro-endorsement:

  • Writing to Source for English Learners
  • Teaching Word Learning Strategies to English Learners in Grades 3-12
  • Facilitating Direct Vocabulary Instruction for English Learners
  • Facilitating Differentiated Dialogic Reading for English Learners
Meeting the Needs of Students with Exceptionalities

The Meeting the Needs of Students with Exceptionalities micro-endorsement provides educators with the competencies for meeting the needs of students with exceptionalities and create inclusive classrooms. In addition to completing the Foundations Micro-endorsement outlined above, you will need to complete the following micro-credentials to earn this micro-endorsement:

  • Creating a Positive Behavior Management System for Students with Exceptionalities
  • Promoting Active Student Engagement During Lessons for Students with Exceptionalities
  • Teaching Cognitive and Metacognitive Strategies to Students with Exceptionalities
  • Using Technology to Support Learning for Students With Exceptionalities
Social Emotional Learning

The Social Emotional Learning micro-endorsement develops the competencies for teachers to build the students' skills necessary for success beyond academic content knowledge, making learning more meaningful and fostering students' wellbeing. In addition to completing the Foundations Micro-endorsement outlined above, you will need to complete the following micro-credentials to earn this micro-endorsement:

  • Encouraging Student Social Awareness
  • Engaging Students in Responsible Decision-making
  • Making SEL Equitable through Cultural Competence
  • Preventing and Addressing Bullying Behavior in the Classroom Using SEL
  • Reflecting on Educator Social and Emotional Competencies
  • Supporting Student Self-awareness
  • Understanding the Principles of Social and Emotional Learning
Strategic Integration of Technology: G-Suite

The Strategic Integration of Technology: G-Suite micro-endorsement helps teachers incorporate Google’s G Suite for Education tools into their instruction and prepares them to become Google Certified Educators. In addition to completing the Foundations Micro-endorsement outlined above, you will need to complete the following micro-credentials to earn this micro-endorsement:

  • Communicating Expectations with Students and Stakeholders Using G Suite
  • Engage Student Learning Through a Group Project Using G Suite
  • Improve Student Understanding with Feedback Using G Suite
  • Understand and Share Student Growth Using G Suite
Trauma-Sensitive Instruction

The Trauma-Sensitive Instruction micro-endorsement develops competencies for teachers to create a safe, wholistic learning environment that supports social and emotional learning. In addition to completing the Foundations Micro-endorsement outlined above, you will need to complete the following micro-credentials to earn this micro-endorsement:

  • Addressing stress produced by working with students affected by trauma
  • De-escalating a Triggered Student
  • Instituting a trauma-sensitive classroom
  • Recognizing stress responses in students affected by trauma
  • Reflecting Trauma Awareness
  • Using Protective Factors to Foster Student Resilience
Literacy for Learning

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  • Enhancing Literacy through Socratic Seminars
  • Guiding Accountable Discussions in the Classroom
  • Reading Strategies for Accessing Content
  • Selecting Appropriate Content Texts
  • Showing What You Know through Writing
Integration of Math Practices

The Integration of Math Practices micro-endorsement aligns lorem ipsum dolor sit amet consectur. In addition to completing the Foundations Micro-endorsement outlined above, you will need to complete the following micro-credentials to earn this micro-endorsement:

  • Integrating Math Practices into Instruction: Make Sense of Problems and Persevere in Solving Them
  • Integrating Math Practices into Instruction: Reason Abstractly and Quantitatively
  • Integrating Math Practices into Instruction: Construct Viable Arguments and Critique the Reasoning of Others.
  • Integrating Math Practices into Instruction: Model with Mathematics
  • Integrating Math Practices into Instruction: Use Appropriate Tools Strategically
  • Integrating Math Practices into Instruction: Attend to Precision
  • Integrating Math Practices into Instruction: Look for and Make Use of Structure.
  • Integrating Math Practices into Instruction: Look for and Express Regularity in Repeated Reasoning
Foundations for Teaching Gifted Students

The Foundations for Teaching Gifted Students micro-endorsement aligns lorem ipsum dolor sit amet consectur. In addition to completing the Foundations Micro-endorsement outlined above, you will need to complete the following micro-credentials to earn this micro-endorsement:

  • Differentiating the Curriculum Using Depth and Complexity
  • Differentiating the Curriculum Using Novelty
  • Understanding Types of Giftedness
  • Using Tiered Assignments to Differentiate Instruction
Positive Behavior and Intervention Support

The Positive Behavior and Intervention Support micro-endorsement provides proactive skills and strategies for defining, teaching, and supporting appropriate student behaviors to create positive school environments. In addition to completing the Foundations Micro-endorsement outlined above, you will need to complete the following micro-credentials to earn this micro-endorsement:

  • Understanding the STOIC Framework
  • Understanding Student Motivation
  • Designing an Effective PBIS Classroom Management Plan
  • Establishing PBIS Classroom Routines and Procedures
  • Using Data to Monitor and Adjust Classroom Expectations
STEM Instruction Foundations

The STEM Instruction Foundations micro-endorsement provides the competencies for educators to integrate STEM concepts, lessons and instruction in the classroom. In addition to completing the Foundations Micro-endorsement outlined above, you will need to complete the following micro-credentials to earn this micro-endorsement:

  • Facilitating Problem-based Learning with STEM Concepts
  • Integrating Discipline-specific Strategies/Tools into STEM Lessons
  • Personalizing Learning in STEM Instruction
Culturally Responsive / Equity Instruction

The Culturally Responsive / Equity Instruction micro-endorsement helps teachers learn and implement practices that can promote each student's academic success and well-being. In addition to completing the Foundations Micro-endorsement outlined above, you will need to complete the following micro-credentials to earn this micro-endorsement:

  • Exploring Principles of Cultural Competency and Equity
  • Using a Culturally Responsive Data Cycle
  • Retaining Diverse, Culturally Competent Staff
  • Implementing Culturally Responsive Instruction
Project-Based Learning

The Project-Based Learning micro-endorsement helps teachers develop the competencies to support students in actively exploring real-world problems and challenges and acquiring deeper knowledge. In addition to completing the Foundations Micro-endorsement outlined above, you will need to complete the following micro-credentials to earn this micro-endorsement:

  • Selecting and Revising PBL Lesson Plans
  • Mapping the Project Using the PBL Process
  • Managing the PBL Process
  • Getting Students to High-Quality Work during PBL
  • Integrating Student Voice and Choice in the PBL Process
Work-based Learning / Career Technical Education (CTE)

The Work-based Learning / Career Technical Education (CTE) micro-endorsement develops the pedagogical skills and/or content knowledge appropriate to their classrooms in CTE subjects. In addition to completing the Foundations Micro-endorsement outlined above, you will need to complete the following micro-credentials to earn this micro-endorsement:

  • Exploring Contemporary Issues Related to Work-based Learning / CTE
  • Integrating Work-based Learning / CTE into K-12 Educational Experiences
  • Identifying & Selecting Educational Placement for Work-based Learning/CTE
  • Designing, Implementing & Evaluating Individual Training Plans for Students
  • Training Mentors to Support Student’s Work-Based Learning/CTE Experiences
  • Utilizing Performance Assessments to Evaluate Student On-the-Job Learning
  • Implementing Procedures for Continuous Micro-Endorsement Improvement
  • Engaging External Stakeholders in Support of Work-Based Learning / CTE Opportunities

Additional Program Features

As part of the program, your educators will have access to:

Career Pathway Counselor

Before enrolling, educators can connect with one of our Career Pathway Counselors who can help them decide which micro-endorsements are right for them and answer any questions they have about the process.

Recommended Learning Resources

Micro-credentials required in each selected micro-endorsement include access to recommended professional learning resources that will support the educator in successfully completing their micro-credential.

On-Demand Coach via Chat or Video*

Educators can receive on-demand access to an instructional coach as they work towards completing the micro-credentials required in their selected micro-endorsements.
* Premium Option

Flexible Payment Options

Districts can elect to cover the cost of the program or enable teacher pay. If teacher pay is selected, educators can pay upfront or explore attractive financing options that align with their salary advancement.

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