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Are you looking for Continuing Education Unit (CEU) hours or graduate credit online this summer?  SDEA if offering a self-paced, independent learning format through Micro-credentials with a Professional Learning Community (PLC).  The next PLC begins June 1!    

What are Micro-credentials? It’s an opportunity to receive credit online by earning ‘badges’, which confirms the work you have done. What can I learn? There are over 180 topics for educators to explore and each badge is worth up to 15 CEU hours, which are free upon request with submission of the badge,  or one graduate credit through Augustana University at $35 per credit hour. 

Micro-credentials themselves are free and you can work on them on your own; however, experience suggests that those participating in a professional learning community have much higher rates of completion and passage.  For those wanting guidance, SDEA is facilitating summer professional learning communities.  The next one starts June 1, with others beginning July 2 and August 3.  Get details and sign up here.  Please register by May 30th. The facilitated PLC costs $25, but you can join your first PLC for just $5 using the code plcsave20 at checkout.  Sign up today.  PLCs meet on the same day and time each week in their respective months.  Meetings will not last more than an hour and may be as short as 30 minutes. 

How does it work? It’s easy:

1.Select the micro-credential you want to earn. Find the library at Click on the PDF for any micro-credential to view the requirements.

2.Complete the outlined course work.  Collect the research, evidence, and artifacts necessary to complete the requirements. 

3.Upload your assignments online where a team of NEA members will review your work and send you the results in about two to three weeks.

4.Share your badge with Augustana for graduate credit at or with to request CEU hours.

Watch this short video to learn more about the micro-credential process.