Author ORCID Identifier

Document Type


Date of Award


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)



First Advisor

Karen Card


Professional development for teachers must evolve to provide a personalized approach to better meet the needs of the individual. Micro-credentialing is one way to provide teachers with personalized professional development. This case study explores the implementation of a micro-credentialing course in one school district. The district selected a company that provides micro-credential courses nationwide. The theoretical framework for the study is Andragogy, the theory of adult learning (Knowles, 1984). The objective of the study is to determine to what extent micro-credentialing meets the needs of teachers, and to what extent it is effective professional development. Data for this qualitative study was collected through teacher surveys and interviews. A district administrator and a company representative were also interviewed. Analysis of the surveys and interviews revealed teachers found value in the course, they also shared suggestions for improvement.

Subject Categories

Educational Administration and Supervision


Professional development

Number of Pages



University of South Dakota



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