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Essential Learning for Social Studies Educators

Staying at the cutting edge of research and technology empowers educators to meet the ever-changing needs of students. Discover how micro-credentialing can help you take the next steps in your career!

How does it work?

In a fast-changing world, staying up-to-date on the latest innovations and concepts in your industry is essential.
Micro-credentialing is our way of offering thorough, narrow-in-focus, and accessible courses to educators,
making it easy to cultivate the skills that matter most to you. 

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Choose where to invest your time

Flexibility and customization are at the heart of micro-credentialing. This style of professional development allows you to choose what you want to learn, rather than attending generic training that may not directly relate to your professional interests. 

Learn at YOUR pace

As a busy educator, you have professional goals but limited time to execute them. Micro-credentials can be completed at your own pace, whether that's an intensive spring break program, or a commitment you work into your daily schedule during the school year.
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Verify your expertise

We believe that teachers who put in the time to cultivate new skills deserve to be recognized. When you complete one of our Micro-credentials,  you receive a digital badge verifying your expertise that you can share with your employer and colleagues!


Let's keep learning! Which micro-credential will you choose next?


Active Classroom Expert

Active Classroom Expert

Enhance the way that you use Active Classroom and get more out of your experience with our Active Classroom Expert micro-credentials!

New to Active Classroom? The digital platform is home to thousands of student-centered, inquiry-based activities, and also comes with all of our micro-credentials at no additional cost. 

Micro-credentials offered in this subject

  • Using Active Classroom's The Historian's Apprentice Series to Teach Historical Thinking Skills (9–12)
Analyzing Primary Sources

Analyzing Primary Sources

The Analyzing Primary Sources micro-credentials will equip you with the skills you need to bring primary sources into the classroom. Analyzing first-hand accounts can provide students with profound historical perspective that they otherwise may not have considered. This micro-credential will reinforce the importance of primary source analysis by providing you with a variety of research studies and resources.

Micro-credentials offered in this subject

  • Teaching the Analysis of Political Cartoons (For Grades 6–12)
  • Thinking Deeply with Picture Analysis (For Grades K-2)
  • Analyzing Primary Written Sources With Primary Students (For Grades 3-5)
  • Navigating Personal Primary Sources (For Grades K-2)
  • Navigating Personal Primary Sources (For Grades 3-5)


C3 Inquiry Arc
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C3 Inquiry Arc

Our C3 Inquiry Arc micro-credentials will help you guide students towards deeper social studies understanding. Expand upon your knowledge of the C3 Framework (College, Career, and Civic Life) and improve your instruction for inquiry! 

Micro-credentials offered in this subject 

  • Question and Inquire: Advance and Develop Inquiry Through Essential Questions
  • C3 Framework - Applying Disciplinary Concepts and Tools to Analyze Documents (For Grades K-2)
  • C3 Framework - Inquiry-Based Learning: Primary Sources for History, Geography, Economics, and Civics (For Grades 6-12)
  • Inquiry-Based Learning - Evaluating Sources and Using Evidence (For Grades 6-12)
  • Deepening Student Learning - Taking Actions and Communicating Results (For Grades 6-12)
  • Teaching Students to Use Evidence (For Grades K-2)
  • Teaching Students to Use Evidence (For Grades 3-5)
  • Creating Compelling Questions (For Grades K-2)
  • Creating Compelling Questions (For Grades 3-5)
  • Deepening Student Learning - Taking Action and Communicating Results (For Grades K-2)
  • Deepening Student Learning - Taking Action and Communicating Results (For Grades 3-5)
  • Developing and Using Compelling Questions (For Grades 3-5)
  • Developing and Using Compelling Questions (For Grades 6-12)
Literacy Strategies in Social Studies

Literacy Strategies in Social Studies

Our Literacy Strategies in Social Studies micro-credentials will help you cultivate a variety of literacy strategies with your students. Through research, practicum, and reflection, this micro-credential will equip you with tools for academic achievement. 

Micro-credentials offered in this subject

  • Recognizing and Analyzing Author’s Point of View (For Grades 6–12)
  • Teaching Argumentative Writing (For Grades 6–12)
Professional Learning
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Professional Learning

 Our Professional Learning micro-credential will keep you up-to-date on the latest concepts and practices in education. Enhancing your own professional development allows you to show up as the best teacher you can be for your students.

Micro-credentials offered in this subject

  • Building Professional Learning Experiences with Adult Learning Theory


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