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NEA Professional Learning

Online Courses: Universal Standards for ESPs

Sign up for self-paced, independent study online courses that will take your professional learning to the next level.
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Published: March 2024
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At a Glance

Designed by and for education support professionals (ESPs), each of these 8 courses is focused on a single standard in the NEA ESP Professional Growth Continuum. These standards outline a shared, common vision of what ESPs should know and be able to do to meet the needs of their students and school communities.


  • Adult Learning
  • ESP Professional Growth Continuum


  • Gain the skills and knowledge to ensure student success.
  • Elevate your professional practice.


Audience Role

  • Clerical
  • Education Support Professional
  • Food Service
  • Health Occupation/Security
  • Paraprofessional
  • Technical Services

Session Length

2 hours per course

Session Format


Take a free, self-paced, independent study course in each of the ESP Universal Standards:

  • Communication
  • Cultural Competence
  • Organization
  • Reporting
  • Ethics
  • Health and Safety
  • Technology
  • Professionalism

Get started

  1. Visit NEA’s learning management system.
  2. Add the "Universal Standards" course(s) you wish to take to your cart 
  3. Log in or create an account
  4. Check out! (Free for NEA members)

Get started


Contact [email protected].
Learn more about the ESP Professional Growth Continuum.

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