Professional Development

Instructional Coaching Micro-Credential


Based on a framework championed by world renowned education consultant and published author Steve Barkley, each module in this micro-credential highlights the most effective ways to facilitate professional development in K-12 schools. Brush up on the basics, or reinvigorate your current skill set to improve your presence in professional learning communities with these individual and cohort-based modules.

Please note: Modules can also be taken individually.


  • Micro-Credential Details:
  • 4 Modules
  • 40 Total Hours
  • $800 Total

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How It Works:

Participants are required to complete 4 of the 5 modules described below to earn the micro-credential, choosing 1A or 1B based on their level of experience. Every module is fully facilitated by an expert online instructor who provides frequent and meaningful feedback to participants.


Instructional Coaching: The Basics

Designed for novice instructional coaches, this module explores the fundamentals of sustaining a successful coaching program, building trusting relationships, and providing job embedded professional development to teachers.


Instructional Coaching: Culture and Process Refresher

Developed for practicing instructional coaches, this module examines how to ask open-ended questions, actively listen, and make follow-up inquiries to help teachers explore options and consider solutions.


Instructional Coaching: Essential Communication Skills

This module demonstrates how to exercise effective verbal and nonverbal communication to improve leadership, communication, listening, positive thinking, and support.


Instructional Coaching: Essential Coaching Processes

This module focuses on the four types of coaching (technical, challenge, collegial, and cognitive) and how they are fundamental to an effective coaching process.


Instructional Coaching: Essential Questions for Life

The fourth and final installment of the micro-credential program, this module examines how to establish a clear direction and identify an audience to determine what types of questions to ask and to whom.