Research shows quality is key to Linked Learning experiences that prepare students to succeed in college and career. Linked Learning Certification establishes clear standards for implementing the approach with fidelity. Schools with certified pathways show their dedication to continual improvement, unlock real benefits for all students—and are recognized for their commitment to excellence and equity in education.

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Learn more about the sections, components, and features of the Linked Learning Alliance Certification Platform in the Certification Platform User Guide.

the process

Linked Learning uses research-based and practice-tested standards and independent evaluation to certify high-quality college and career pathways. The process supports self-evaluation, goal setting, and continuous improvement for better and more equitable student outcomes. After registering and providing preliminary pathway data candidate pathway teams can join the Linked Learning community and begin their certification journey using Silver certification standards. Learn more about the certification journey below:

Why Certification?

Research shows that quality matters when it comes to Linked Learning. When implemented with fidelity, Linked Learning increases positive outcomes for all young people – and certification conveys to your community that you are doing just that. In addition to increasing quality outcomes for your students, there are a host of benefits that come with embarking on a Linked Learning certification journey, including:

  • National recognition from the Linked Learning Alliance
  • Exclusive access to tools and an innovative community of practice to support continuous improvement
  • Access to strategic communication and advocacy resources to help make the case for Linked Learning in your district and community
  • And more!
Linked learning gold pathway

Our Goal:

One million young people in Gold Certified Linked Learning Pathways by 2030.

“I think the most valuable part of the Gold certification process was the opportunity to reflect on our work and focus on our successes and areas for growth. It illuminated our strengths as a pathway, school, and community and how to leverage those assets in service of young people.”
Leo Magallon, Pathway Lead, STEM Academy of Boyle Heights, Los Angeles USD


Contact the Linked Learning Alliance to learn more about the Linked Learning community and how certification can benefit your students: Certification@LinkedLearning.org.

Pathways ready to begin their certification journey can set up a profile when they register.