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.
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:
Pathway teams identify strengths and goals and begin aligning their work to the Silver standards.
Using the certification platform, pathways submit basic student demographic and pathway data.
Upon submitting, pathways pay a $59 fee to gain access to the certification portal.
All core components of Linked Learning are in place, and basic data about the pathway are used to inform program design.
Using the certification platform, pathways submit additional student demographic, pathway, and programmatic data in addition to artifacts tied to the individual standards.
Prior to certification review, pathways pay a $749 fee to continue through the Silver certification process.
Pathways are high-quality, with rigorous integrated college and career learning experiences and positive outcomes for students.
Using the certification platform, pathways submit additional student demographic, pathway, and programmatic data as well as artifacts and narratives tied to the individual standards. With the help of a lead reviewer, pathways participate in feedback calls as well as a site visit with stakeholder discussion sessions.
Prior to certification review, pathways pay a $2,395 fee to continue through the Gold certification process.
One million young people in Gold Certified Linked Learning Pathways by 2030.
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.