STATE CONTINUING EDUCATION CLOCK HOURS (SCECHs)

KEY

BAISD   Bay-Arenac ISD
DPPD   District Provided Professional Development
MDE   Michigan Department of Education
MEIS   Michigan Education Information System
MOECS   Michigan Online Educator Certification System
OPPS   Office of Professional Preparation Services
PIC   Personal Identification Code
SCECHs   State Continuing Educational Clock Hours

 

MOECS USERS - CLICK HERE

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

PIC - Personal Identification Code

The Personal Identification Code (PIC) is required when obtaining SCECHS.  Information on locating the PIC (Personal Identification Code)

Certificate Renewal

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.

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 the 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.

Advanced Professional Education Certificate
Action Required to Ensure Your State Evaluation Data is Accurate
Educator Effective Appeals Within the Registry of Educational Personnel
Educator Evaluation Frequently Asked Questions
How To Read Effectiveness Rating

District Provided Professional Development (DPPD)

MDE CHANGES FOR 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
  • Standard Teaching Certificate (previously Provisional Certificate)

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:

http://www.michigan.gov/documents/mde/DPPD RECORD FOR CERT 552687 7.pdf

Questions can be directed to the Michigan Online Educator Certification System (MOECS) at (517) 241-5000 or MED-EducatorHelp@michigan.gov

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Log into your MOECS account (www.michigan.gov/moecs). If you have forgotten your login name and/or password, use the Login Assistance button.

  2. Enter each activity in MOECS, using the "View Professional Learning" tab.  Entries must not exceed 8 hours per day and must include descriptive titles, categories and hours of training.  Generic activity titles and building procedural training will be disqualified.  Activities spanning multiple days must be recorded individually.

  3. Print the list of DPPD hours added to your MOECS account using your computer's print screen function.

  4. Complete the educator section of the form and attach the printed screen shot from step #3.

  5. Take the form and attached printout to your Principal/School Designee for the required verification and signature.

  6. Maintain the signed form and printout for your records and submit to MDE upon request for application verification.

NOTE: If, for any reason, the Principal/School Designee will not sign the form to verify your hours, please delete the entries from your MOECS account.

IMPORTANT:

Charter school teachers can use DPPD to renew or progress to a professional/standard 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 the district allows them to receive DPPD.

Each 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:

  • District Provided Professional Development (DPPD)
  • College Credit (1 semester hour equates to 25 professional learning hours)
  • State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECHs)

Non-Traditional Activities ***2019/2020 School Year***

SCECHs for these activities are only available to Bay and Arenac County educators
PLEASE READ CAREFULLY (detailed instructions can be found on each individual form)

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. 

2019-2020 Programs End Dates
 

  • 2019-2020 Supervision of Pre-Teaching/Mid-tier/Pre-Service Student - 1st Sem date range: 8/5/2019 - 1/6/2020
  • 2019-2020 Supervision of Pre-Teaching/Mid-tier/Pre-Service Student -2nd Sem date range: 1/6/2020  - 5/29/2020
  • 2019-2020 New Principal/Administrator Mentor - date range: 8/5/2019 - 5/29/2020
  • 2019-2020 K-12 School Improvement Team Meetings - date range: 8/5/2019 - 5/29/2020
  • 2019-2020 School Committee Meetings - date range: 8/5/2019 - 5/29/2020
  • 2019-2020 Supervision of Student Teacher/Teacher Intern - 1st Semester - date range:  8/5/2019 - 1/6/2020
  • 2019-2020 Supervision of Student Teacher/Teacher Intern - 2nd Semester - date range:  1/6/2020  - 5/29/2020
  • 2019-2020 New Teacher Mentor - 1st Semester - date range: 8/5/2019 - 1/6/2020
  • 2019-2020 New Teacher Mentor - 2nd Semester - date range: 1/6/2020  - 5/29/2020
  • 2019-2020 Supervision of School Psychologist Required Practicum - 1st Semester date range: 8/5/2019 - 1/6/2020
  • 2019-2020 Supervision of School Psychologist Required Practicum - 2nd Semester date range: 1/6/2020  - 5/29/2020
  • 2019-2020 School Counselor Mentor - 1st Semester - date range: 8/5/2019 - 1/6/2020
  • 2019-2020 School Psychologist Mentor - 1st Semester - date range: 8/5/2019 - 1/6/2020
  • 2019-2020 School Counselor Mentor - 2nd Semester - date range: 1/6/2020  - 5/29/2020
  • 2019-2020 School Psychologist Mentor - 2nd Semester - date range: 1/6/2020  - 5/29/2020

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 earn 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 a 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 of 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

Committee Meetings

Teachers, school psychologists, 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 (each year requesting SCECHs for attending Committee or School Improvement Meetings) to the chairperson of the final committee/school improvement meeting. Participants should retain copies of all paperwork and agendas for their files.

Forms

Time Log Form 
Verification form for Principal Mentor
Verification form for Supervising School Psychologist/Counselor

Verification Form for Supervising School Psychologist
Verification Form for Supervising of Pre-Teaching/Midtier/Pre-Service Student
Form for Teacher Mentor
Verification Form for Supervising Teacher

Committee/School Improvement Attendance Keepers

Bay-Arenac ISD 2018-2019 Committee and School Improvement Meeting spreadsheet
Bay-Arenac ISD 2017-2018 Committee and School Improvement Meeting spreadsheet
Bay-Arenac ISD 2016-2017 Committee and School Improvement Meeting spreadsheet     

IMPORTANT:  Outdated or incorrect paperwork will be returned, resulting in delays or forfeiture of SCECHs for the activity.

Educator-Related Professional Learning: Externships

EDUCATION-RELATED PROFESSIONAL LEARNING: EXTERNSHIPS

MEMORANDUM

DATE: October 19, 2017

TO: Local and Intermediate School District Superintendents
Public School Academy Directors

FROM: Venessa A. Keesler, Ph.D., Deputy Superintendent
Division of Educator, Student, and School Support

SUBJECT: Education-Related Professional Learning: Externships

In response to the June 26, 2017, Executive Directive from the State Superintendent
detailing the implementation of recommendations of the Career Pathway Alliance, the
Office of Professional Preparation Services (OPPS) has created a helpful guidance
document relating to educator externships. This document is also available on the
OPPS website homepage.

Externships provide real-life experiences for educators and help make instruction
more relevant to their students. As a reminder, externships may be considered for
non-traditional education-related professional learning within the State Continuing
Education Clock Hours (SCECH) or within the local District Provided Professional
Development (DPPD) systems.

For additional information on using externship experiences for SCECH or DPPD,
please contact OPPS at 517-373-3310 or email MOECSSUPPORT@MICHIGAN.GOV.

View 10-19-2017 MDE EXTERSHIP MEMO

View EXTERNSHIPS AS SCECHS

View EXTERNSHIPS AS PROFESSIONAL LEARNING

 

ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENT

For participants to earn State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECHs), they must attend the entire program as required by the Michigan Department of Education (MDE).  This means attending all sessions according to the approved schedule including arriving on time and remaining for the duration of each session.  The MDE and Bay-Arenac ISD review all programs and monitor attendance.  Program planners determine the method for documenting attendance.  It is the responsibility of each participant that their attendance has been documented.  Failure to comply with program requirements, including attendance, will result in disallowance of SCECH credit.

CLARIFICATION OF ATTENDANCE PROCESS (12/2/2014) Letter from Ms. Leah Breen

Certificate holders should be aware that it is illegal to use fraudulent supporting documentation to renew or progress a certificate.  Specifically, Michigan Compiled Law (MCL) Section 380.1809 states:

  • In addition to any other penalty provided by law, a person who uses or attempts to use a teaching certificate (or school administrator's certificate) that he or she knows is surrendered, suspended, revoked, nullified, fraudulently obtained, altered, or forged, or who uses or attempts to use as his or her own valid teaching certificate that he or she knows is issued to another person, to obtain employment in a position requiring a valid teaching certificate or who remains employed in a position requiring a valid teaching certificate knowing that he or she does not hold a valid teaching certificate is guilty of a misdemeanor, punishable as follows:
    • For the first offense, by imprisonment for not more than 93 days or a fine of not more than $500.00, or both.
    • For a second or subsequence offense, by imprisonment for not less than 93 days or more than 6 months, or a fine of not less than $500.00 or more than $1,000, or both.

MCL Section 380.1809 (5) also states:  "The state board may refuse to issue or renew a teaching certificate, school administrator's certificate, or state board approval, or refuse to issue an endorsement for a teaching certificate or school administrator's certificate, to a person convicted of a violation of this section."  MCL Section 388.994 transfers this authority to the superintendent of public instruction.

Renewed or progressed certificates that are issued to individuals based upon the submission of inaccurate, incomplete, or fraudulent documentation of coursework, experience, or continuing education are considered to be fraudulently obtained.

It is of the utmost importance that educators understand the requirements for renewing or progressing a certificate.  If in the course of an audit, there is a suspicion that the certificate has been obtained using questionable or fraudulent documentation, OPPS will initiate an investigation into the matter.

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.

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
  • Standard Teaching Certificate (previously Provisional Certificate)

(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 MOECS webpage,  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. 

You can also like the MI Educator Facebook page for updates.

Erika Rupert
SCECH Coordinator
989.667.3285 ext. 3375

SCECH Catalog      

Locating your PIC #       

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 Applications

Google Form   
Word Document
 

Sample Agendas

Word Document SCECH Final Agenda

Word Document SCECH 1/2 Day Agenda     
Breaks are not mandatory for any program and a program can be a minimum of 1 hour in length.

SCECH Forms

Word Document SCECH 1-up Form 
Word Document SCECH 3-up Form  

Sample Sign-in sheet

Word Document Sign-in Sheet  

 

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