Universal Standards for Education Support Professionals: Professionalism

1 module


Course Length
2 hours

Dan Brown

29 Mar 2024



The ESP Professional Growth Continuum, published by NEA, identifies Professionalism as one of the eight Universal Standards that describe what education support professionals should know and be able to do.

If you haven't spent a lot of time exploring the professionalism standard, that is OK! This course, which contains seven lessons, will help you gain a solid understanding of professionalism at work.  

In this course, we're going to put the in ESP!

The ESP Professional Growth Continuum outlines skills and knowledge related to professionalism (and all of the eight Universal Standards) at three levels of practice. Those are:

  • Foundational (I know this)

  • Proficient (I do this consistently)

  • Advanced/Mastery (I lead this)

This self-paced, independent study course can be explored on your own, or with colleagues. It has been developed by NEA members and staff specifically for ESPs, and features the perspectives of education support professionals just like you.


This ESP-focused course, which contains seven lessons, will help you to gain a solid understanding of what professionalism means for ESPs, why it matters, and how to make it a valuable part of your day-to-day work. 

Additionally, this course will help you build your understanding of the NEA ESP Professional Growth Continuum, and how to use it to build your professional skills and knowledge.


By completing/passing this course, you will attain the certificate ESP Independent Study Certificate

Learning Credits

Universal Standards for Education Support Professionals: Professionalism
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