Teacher Certification Information

Learn more about MDE Teacher Certification

View the MDE Frequently Asked Questions to obtain information about the MOECS system and certification renewal. 

Graduate Credit

We do not have any offerings for graduate credit at this time.

State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECHs)

What are SCECHS?

On May 18, 2012, Michigan Legislature changed the Administrative Rules which changed SB-CEUs to State Continuing Education Hours and those hours to be clock hours.  The Michigan Department of Education named the renewal credits State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECHs).

SCECHs are State approved in-service, workshop, training, or conference credits that are used for the renewal of selected certificates issued by the Michigan Department of Education.  SECEHs are the total number of instructional hours in a program.

The new SCECHs will be awarded through the Secure Central Registry (SCR) and the online evaluation is still required.  SB-CEUs earned previously within the appropriate time period can still be used for renewal.  The Secure Central Registry will now show your credits in hours.  For conversion purposes, SB-CEUs x 10 equal the clock hours earned.

Who is eligible to use SCECHs for certificate renewal?

Based on Michigan's certification criteria, individuals who hold the following certificates and licenses are eligible to obtain and use SCECHs toward certificate/licensure renewal:

  • The Professional Education certificate 
  • The Occupational Education certificate  
  • The School Psychologist certificate 
  • The School Guidance Counselor license 
  • The School Administrator certificate
  • The Provisional Education Certificate
  • The Interim Occupational Certificate

The above certificates require renewal every five years. The renewal requirement includes the completion of six semester hours of appropriate coursework through an approved institution, 150 SCECHs, or a combination of these.  School administrators are required to complete six semester hours, 150 SCECHs, or a combination of these every five years for continued employment.

What non-traditional activities are eligible to receive SCECHs?

In addition to traditional workshops, seminars, trainings, and conferences, the State Board of Education has approved the following non-traditional professional development activities eligible for SCECH credit. Click on the following activity to obtain criteria for eligibility and participation verification form.   

PDF DocumentMentoring an Administrator/Principal
PDF DocumentMentoring a School Counselor  
PDF DocumentMentoring a School Psychologist
PDF DocumentMentoring a New Teacher
PDF DocumentSupervising a School Counselor  
PDF DocumentSupervising a School Psychologist  
PDF DocumentSupervising a Student Teacher
PDF DocumentServing on a School Improvement Team  
PDF DocumentServing on a School Committee  

SCECHs Informational Documents

View Michigan Department of Education's informational documents to learn more about the SCECHs program.

PDF DocumentLocating Your PIC Quick Reference Guide