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TPS Civics Educator Micro-Credential Program


The TPS Civics Educator Micro-Credential Program consists of 3 distinct courses, each leading to an individual digital badge. The courses are “stacked” as one course builds to the next.  A teacher who completes all 3 courses in the stack earns a “master” digital badge. The courses include:

  1. TPS Civics Teaching Expert
  2. TPS Civics Curriculum Design Expert
  3. TPS Civics Coaching Expert

The TPS Civics Educator Micro-Credential Program is for teachers of any subject and any grade because civics is not just for social studies any more!


The TPS Civics Teaching Expert micro-credential course engages educators in developing skills to use the Library of Congress for teaching with primary sources and launches participants on a transformational journey to invigorate their teaching with inquiry-based learning strategies and, most significantly, to understand civics as a central component of all teaching regardless of discipline.

The TPS Civics Curriculum Design Expert micro-credential course supports teachers as they deepen their skill and expertise in developing inquiry-driven curriculum and instruction that leverages the power of primary sources while integrating and prioritizing civics.

The TPS Civics Coaching micro-credential course leverages the powerful impact of teacher-to-teacher coaching on instruction and student engagement and mentors teachers as they initiate and navigate the coaching relationship with colleagues.


Teachers may complete 1, 2, or all 3 courses. All teachers must begin with Course 1 — Civics Teaching Expert but may be able to assess out upon provision of evidence of competency.

The first course implementation is a pilot program with Illinois teachers taking place from now through September 2019.

Interested in learning about the next course implementation? Questions? Contact us.