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ESP Professional Growth Continuum

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NEA Education Support Professionals Micro-credential Library

Earn recognition for your skills and knowledge by pursuing the newly updated NEA ESP Professional Growth Continuum micro-credentials.  Developed for ESP members by ESP members, these micro-credentials validate your professional impact and make your resume pop. 

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ESP Universal Standards
  • a way to identify skills, knowledge, experience, and responsibility they bring to the job and want to strengthen to better serve their community, students, and school;  
  • the language to describe their value and impact on the school, district, or worksite with peers, supervisors, families, community members, and school leadership;  
  • guidance on how to advance their skill set through leadership, mentorship, serving as a peer role model; and 
  • a Standards-based demonstration through the NEA PGC micro-credentials of skills and knowledge that can be used to bargain for: time, space, and money for professional development; paid professional development; continuing education credits; and movement on a salary scale (e.g., increased pay or stipends). 

Implement the PGC Standards into Your Professional Practice

  • Take a look at the Standards for your career family. (Download below)

  • Watch the NEA ESP Quality Department webinar, The PGC: What it is and How to use it

  • Take online courses! NEA offers free, self-paced independent study online courses for each of the universal standards. Get started >

Learn more about how to implement the PGC into your professional practice.


  1. Communication
  2. Cultural Competence
  3. Organization
  4. Reporting
  5. Ethics
  6. Health and Safety
  7. Technology
  8. Professionalism
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We often say you cannot spell respect without E-S-P, and that is what we deserve.
Quote by: Jan Giles, ESEA President
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Keeping the Promise of Public Education

ESEA is the largest ESP local in the United States and is a full-service employee association which is an affiliate of the Nevada State Education Association (NSEA) and the National Education Association (NEA), the largest national association representing education employees in the United States.