SCECHs (STATE CONTINUING EDUCATION CLOCK HOURS)
State Continuing Education Clock hours, or SCECHs, are used as an alternative to renewing an educator certificate. SCECHs are now awarded through the Michigan Online Educator Certification System (MOECS) and an online evaluation is required. The website is www.michigan.gov/moecs
Individuals who hold the following certificates are eligible to use SCECHs for renewal:
- Professional Education Certificate
- Occupational Certificate
- School Psychologist Certificate
- School Counselor License
- School Administrator
- Provisional Certificate holders may renew using SCECHs (renewable every 3 years - provisionals may be renewed twice)
(Social Workers in Michigan cannot use SCECHs for license renewal)
The above certificates require annual renewal every five years. To renew, the participant must earn 150 SCECHs or 6 university credits or a combination of both (one university credit equals 25 SCECHs).
Once the SCECHS are uploaded, participants will receive an email directing them to the web address, www.michigan.gov/moecs to review their personal account and complete the evaluation. After completion of the evaluation, SCECHs will be awarded and listed on an unofficial transcript.
Participants have 30 days after the program is uploaded to update the personal account and evaluation.
The Office of Professional Preparation Services (OPPS) no longer sends educator certificates. Educators print out their certificates from their MOECS account. The certificate requires notarization for validation.
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Advanced Professional Education Certificate
The optional Advanced Professional Education Certificate is available starting January 1, 2017 and is valid for up to five years.
This certificate recognizes completion of an approved Teacher Leader Program or certification through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, as well as effective/highly effective annual evaluation ratings.
This certificate is intended to be an indication of an educator’s advanced skills and training in master teaching and/or teacher leadership. However, school districts approach assignments and benefits associated with the certificate differently; therefore, you are encouraged to talk with your school and district leaders about your district’s approach.
The Michigan Online Educator Certification System (MOECS) is a secure web based application. Educators use MOECS to apply for certificates, renewals, duplicate certificates and pay certification fees using a credit card. They also upload their District Provided Professional Development, or DPPD (more information on DPPD is below). MOECS also has a separate location on your account to record the college credits you have earned. After you have entered MOECS and updated your profile, there will be a menu button that says "ADD COLLEGE CREDITS". This also applies to DPPD.
To renew a certificate, you need 150 SCECHs or 6 university credits or a combination of both (one university credit equals twenty five SCECHs). You can only renew your certificate between January 1st and June 30th of the year it expires. The website is www.michigan.gov/moecs.
IMPORTANT: If you do not have the required number of SCECHs/Credits/DPPD, you will not be able to renew your certificate.
The Office of Professional Preparation Services (OPPS) no longer sends educator certificates. Educators print out their own certificate from their MOECS account. The certificate requires notarization and it's recommended that you print out additional copies, one for your Human Resources department and additional copies for your records.
District Provided Professional Development (DPPD)
As of May 14, 2015, the District Provided Professional Development (DPPD) hours can now be used to renew or advance the following certificates or licenses:
- Professional Education Certificate
- Occupational Education Certificate
- School Administrator Certificate
- School Counselor License
- School Psychologist Certificate
- Progressing from a PROVISIONAL to a PROFESSIONAL Certificate (However, those holding provisional certificates cannot renew their provisional certificate using SCECHs)
Due to a recent reinterpretation of MCL 380.1527, the Office of Professional Preparation Services (OPPS) has determined that the license or certificate is no longer relevant to the use of DPPD for certificate progression or renewal, however, as with all DPPD, the following conditions must be met and verified for the professional development to count as DPPD:
(a) The DPPD is appropriate to the grade level/s and endorsement area/s for which the educator is certified; and
(b) The school agrees to submit to all auditing and documentation requirements established by OPPS.
OPPS Does not determine whether an educator's professional development may count as DPPD; the employing school district provides verification that it meets the criteria. For this reason, before an educator uses the professional development for certificate/license progression or renewal, the employing school administrator/administration must have followed the steps indicated on the District Provided Professional Development (DPPD) Record for Certificate Renewal or Progression to a Professional Education Certificate:
Educators and districts may also find the following documents helpful: http://www.michigan.gov/documents/mde/DPPD_QA_Eblast_Attachment_2014-8-5_465611_7.pdf
Directions for Logging your District Provided Professional Development in the Michigan Online Educator Certification System: http://www.michigan.gov/documents/mde/Logging_your_DPPD_into_MOECS_Eblast_Attachment_2014-8-5_465612_7.pdf
Questions can be directed to the OPPS technical support staff at 517/373-3310 or MOECSsupport@michigan.gov
Enter each program, including category and hours of training into the Michigan Online Educator Certification System (MOECS) account (www.michigan.gov/moecs) under the "ADD DPPD" tab.
MOECS will not allow more than eight (8) hours to be entered for a single calendar date. Each calendar date should be listed separately. DPPD hours should not include travel time or lunch breaks.
Print the list of DPPD hours added to your MOECS account at the end of the school year.
Complete your section of the form (found here http://www.michigan.gov/documents/mde/DPPD_ADDENDUM_7_387885_7.doc, District Provided Professional Development for Certificate Renewal) and have your Principal/District Designee for required verification and signature (one list per school year). This form will change periodically so be sure you download the most current.
Keep signed form for records and audit by the Michigan Department of Education, if requested.
If, for any reason, the Principal/District Designee will NOT sign the form to verify any hours, delete them from your MOECS account.
Link to MDE's site: http://www.michigan.gov/mde,1607,7-140-6530_5683_14795-219674--,00.html
Charter school teachers can use DPPD to renew or progress to a professional teaching certificate. The DPPD must be entered into MOECS and the appropriate form/s must be completed.
Substitute Teachers must contact their school district to see if that district allows them to receive DPPD.
The district is required to offer DPPD at least five (5) dates and at least thirty (30) hours annually. Districts may provide make-up days, but are not required to by law. There is no limitation restricting the use of DPPD for renewal/progression of a certificate to a maximum of thirty (30) hours per school year. Teachers need a total of 150 professional learning hours to renew/progress. Professional learning hours include:
- College Credit (1 semester hour equates to 25 professional learning hours)
- State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECHs)
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MDE has recommended that all participants log into their MOECS account and update their personal information under the "Manage Demographics" tab. You will not receive important reminders from OPPS regarding certificate renewal unless you have a valid email. It is beneficial to use a personal email address as it is less likely to be changed. www.michigan.gov/moecs
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Participants cannot earn more than 75 State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECHs) in any one category during a five year period.
All applications for non-traditional activities are completed by the Bay-Arenac ISD SCECH Coordinator on an annual basis. To obtain credit, participants must submit the original signed Participant Verification Form by mail no later than 30 days after the end of the semester and/or school year to the SCECH Coordinator. No faxed or emailed copies will be accepted.
Supervising of Pre-Teaching/Midtier/Pre-Service Student
Teachers can earn up to 15 hours by logging actual supervision time of a higher education student doing their Pre-Teaching/Midtier/Pre-Service observation, with a maximum of 45 in a 5-year renewal period. A supervisor for a Pre-Teaching/Midtier/Pre-Service student must provide documentation of being assigned to serve as a supervising Pre-Teaching/Midtier/Pre-Service student to the building principal for the application period.
Supervising Teacher Program
Teachers can earn 25 SCECHs per semester, with a maximum of 75 in a 5-year period, by supervising a student teacher, or a teacher intern for a university or college full-time, with a determined placement period of not less than eight weeks. The participant must submit an evaluation of the student teacher/teacher intern’s performance to the building principal.
Teacher Mentor Program
Teachers can ear 25 SCECHs with a maximum of 75 in a 5-year period, by mentoring a new teacher for at least one full semester of an academic year and submitting an evaluation of the performance activities for the mentoring period to the building principal.
Supervising School Psychologist Program
School psychologists can earn 25 SCECHs per semester, with a maximum of 75 in a 5-year period, by serving as a supervising school psychologist to an individual holding the Preliminary School Psychologist Certificate. The participant must provide documentation of being assigned to serve as a supervising school psychologist to the building principal along with an evaluation of the performance activities for the application period.
Supervising School Psychologist/Counselor Intern Program
School psychologists and counselors can earn 25 SCECHs per semester, with a maximum of 75 in a 5-year period, by serving as a supervising school psychologist/counselor to an individual completing an internship for a Preliminary or School Psychologist or Counselor Certificate. The participant must provide document of being assigned to serve as a supervising school psychologist/counselor to the building principal along with an evaluation of the performance activities for the application period.
Principal Mentor Program
Principals can earn 25 SCECHs per school year, with a maximum of 75 in a 5-year period, by fulfilling the following criteria:
- Mentor a new principal for at least one full school year
- Submit for evaluation the goals, objectives and performance activities for the mentoring period to the superintendent
- The participating district must submit a description of the Principal Mentoring program being used to Bay-Arenac ISD SCECH Coordinator
School Improvement Program
Participants can earn 25 SCECHs per school year, with a maximum of 75 in a 5-year period, by fulfilling the following criteria:
- The candidate is an active member of the local or intermediate school board Public Act 25 School Improvement Team for the entire school year
- The candidate participated in at least 25% of the scheduled school improvement team meetings, but no less than six meetings between August and June
Teachers, school psychologist, and administrators can earn 25 SCECHs per school year, with a maximum of 75 per category in a 5-year period, by being an active member of one of a committee.
Participants must also fulfill the following criteria:
- Committees must meet a minimum of six times during the school year between August and June, and participants must attend a minimum of six meetings, or 75% of all scheduled meetings in a school year (there can be no mixing and matching of team meetings)
- Meeting attendance (sign-in sheets) must be verified and signed by the Chairperson for each meeting
- Agenda for each meeting must be recorded and submitted to the SCECH Coordinator
The committee chairperson is responsible for:
- Monitoring attendance, sign-in for each meeting
- Submitting to the Bay-Arenac ISD SCECH Coordinator no later than 30 calendar days from the final meeting date, a copy of the agenda and sign-in records (with original signatures of participant) for each meeting
- The participant verification forms for those participants requesting credit
To obtain program credit, participants must submit a Participant Verification Form to the committee chair by the final committee meeting. Participants should retain copies of all paperwork and agendas for their files.
IMPORTANT: Outdated or incorrect paperwork will be returned, resulting in delays or forfeiture of SCECHs for the activity.
PIC - Personal Identification Code
The Personal Identification Code (PIC) is required when obtaining SCECHS. Information on locating the PIC (Personal Identification Code)
MDE's site for the most up-to-date information: http://www.michigan.gov/mde,1607,7-140-6530_5683_14795---,00.html
989.667.3285 ext. 3375
To request SCECHs for a program you are offering, please use the forms below and return to Erika Rupert no later than 45 days prior to the first session date.
SCECH Application Form (updated March 2016)
Google SCECH Application Form (please make a copy before filling out the document)
SCECH 1/2 Day Agenda (breaks are not needed if a program does not exceed 3 hours in length)
SCECH Form (1-up)
SCECH Form (3-up)
Agenda can be placed in the SCECH Application Form.