Professional Learning Academy

NEA micro-credentials | CMU Graduate Courses

Online Courses through Central Methodist University

CMU Earn up to nine graduate credits per year for $225.

For one low annual fee of $225, Missouri NEA members may take one course each term (fall, spring and summer) to complete up to three graduate courses in 12 months. Or they may take two courses in the summer and skip either the fall or spring semester. Each course is two or three graduate credit hours, so educators can earn from six to nine graduate credits. Choose from 17 self-paced, online courses for professional growth or salary advancement. MNEA partners with Central Methodist University and Virtual Education Software to offer these courses. We recommend members check with their school districts to be sure these courses will be accepted for salary schedule credit before signing up.


VESi recommends that you check with your school to verify that these course offerings will meet your school district requirements for salary advancement. If your district says no, please contact your local Missouri NEA president or UniServ director. If you are working on a master’s degree, before you enroll you should check with your advisor to see if these courses will be accepted towards your master’s degree. The courses are all 600 level courses. Central Methodist University provides the transcript for these pass/fail courses.  

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Courses include:

  • Advanced Classroom Management: Children as Change Agents
  • Behavior is Language: Strategies for Managing Disruptive Behavior
  • Teaching Diversity: Influences and Issues in the Classroom
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: Information and Interventions for Effective Teaching
  • Teaching Elementary Math Conceptually
  • Talented and Gifted: Working with High Achievers
  • Understanding Aggression: Coping with Aggressive Behavior in the Classroom

Other courses address traumatized children, educational assessment, learning disabilities, inclusion, substance abuse, violence in schools, harassment and bullying, child abuse, and autism and Asperger’s disorder.

Log in and go to to get the link to register for this program offered to Missouri NEA members only or complete the form to verify your membership. You will receive a link to the program within 3 business days.

If you have questions about the program, please contact MNEA Teaching & Learning Director Ann Jarrett ( or Teaching & Learning Assistant Laurie Bernskoetter ( at (573) 644-9623. 

NEA Micro-credential Virtual Professional Learning Communities

NEA micro-credentials

A micro-credential is a short, competency-based recognition that allows an educator to demonstrate mastery in a particular area.

NEA is providing members an opportunity to participate in a virtual Professional Learning Community (PLC) to support successful completion of NEA Micro-credentials from start to finish. Micro-credentials are self-directed project based professional development designed to directly help you in your professional practice. NEA-trained micro-credential facilitators hold 30-60 minute, weekly, evening support meetings via Zoom. Facilitators provide exact dates and times. It generally takes up to 15 hours to complete a micro-credential.

Learn more about NEA Micro-credentials > 
Join the Conversation on NEA edCommunities >
View all Micro-credentials on NEA Certification Bank >

After completion and receiving your micro-credential score and digital badge, members can receive one gradual hour from Baker University for a nominal fee of $70. Please check with your school district to be sure they accept these graduate credits towards advancement on your district salary schedule. After you receive your digital badge, log in MNEA Members Only to enroll in Baker University to receive your graduate credit. While non-members can access and submit NEA Micro-Credentials, the National Micro-Credential PLC and discounted graduate credits through Baker University are for members only.

Sign up by Mon., Nov. 23 for one of the course listed below. The following PLCs will meet Dec. 7 through Feb. 7. Registration is free.

  • Trauma Informed Pedagogy (Classroom Management) - Monday evenings
    Educator demonstrates an understanding of how trauma can affect student behaviors and responses within the school context and promotes students' abilities to self-monitor and maintain positive engagement in all aspects of learning and interactions. Before registering, review components and evaluation criteria.
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  • Building a Positive Classroom Community with Affective Language (Restorative Practices) - Tuesday evenings
    Educator models and supports students use of affective language to build a positive classroom community that is founded on mutual respect and caring. Before registering, review components and evaluation criteria.
    Register now >

  • Creating a Classroom Community (Classroom Management) - Wednesday evenings
    Educator understands the importance of building key relationships for a positive classroom community. Before registering, review components and evaluation criteria.
    Register now >

  • Technology Integration: Citizen (Technology Integration) - Thursday evenings
    In this NEA micro-credential PLC, the educator uses technology to facilitate learning. Before registering, review components and evaluation criteria.
    Register now >



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