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May 01, 2019 2019-05-01

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Pathway to Becoming a Media Literacy Educator

PBS and KQED offer a set of free media literacy micro-credentials that validate media literacy skills and classroom implementation practices. These competency-based micro-credentials provide the pathway to earning certification as a PBS Media Literacy Educator. The set has nine micro-credentials, each of which addresses key competencies associated with reading, writing, sharing, and teaching with media. KQED Teach and PBS TeacherLine offer free online courses that support teacher learning in each of the micro-credential topic areas. Educators seeking certification need to complete eight out of these nine, choosing either the early childhood or the upper-grades version of the “Implementing Media Projects” badge. Micro-credentials can be earned as standalone badges of recognition or added together to achieve certification. After earning all eight micro-credentials, the educator is automatically granted PBS Media Literacy Educator Certification and will receive thought leadership opportunities facilitated by PBS and local PBS stations, including a chance to lead virtual and in-person professional development events.

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