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State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECH)

Updated April 12, 2016

Log into your MOECS account and update your personal information under the "Manage Demographics" tab.  Without a valid e-mail address you will not receive important reminders from OPPS regarding certificate renewal.  It is beneficial to use a personal email address as it is less likely to be changed.  www.michigan.gov/moecs
The Personal Identification Code (PIC) is now required when obtaining SCECHS.  To locate your PIC number, use the link below and follow the directions.

SCECHs Overview

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
  • Progressing from a PROVISIONAL to a PROFESSIONAL Certificate (However, those holding provisional certificates cannot renew their provisional certificate using SCECHs)

       (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 complete the personal account and evaluation.  If not completed within 30 days, the program will close and you will forfeit the SCECHs for that program. 

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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Important Information on 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).

SCECHs are uploaded by your Personal Identification Code (PIC).  Detailed information can be found here on locating your PIC number. 

MOECS 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 on the left side of your screen to "View/Update College Credit".  This also applies to DPPD (see below).   

RENEWAL of CERTIFICATE in 26 STEPS (suggestion: print this document to follow steps)

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.

NOTE: If you are considered a grandpersoned school administrator, please make sure that records showing continuing education was completed, and is on file for every 5 year span of employment with the employer. That is, 6 semester credit hours or 150 SCECH's. Ensure you have possession of records.


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

  • 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:

 http://www.michigan.gov/documents/mde/DPPD_ADDENDUM_7_387885_7.doc

  

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

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Enter each program, including category and hours of training into the Michigan Online Educator Certification System (MOECS) account (www.michigan.gov/moecs) on the "View Professional Learning" page under the "Professional Development" tab.

  2. 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.

  3. Print the list of DPPD hours added to your MOECS account at the end of the school year.

  4. Complete your section of the form (found here https://mdoe.state.mi.us/MOECS/Forms.aspxDistrict 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.

  5. Keep signed form for records and audit by the Michigan Department of Education, if requested.

  6. If, for any reason, the Principal/District Designee will NOT sign the form to verify any hours, delete them from your MOECS account. 

Click here for all Professional Development Annual Reporting Forms

Link to MDE's site: http://www.michigan.gov/mde,1607,7-140-6530_5683_14795-219674--,00.html

Click here to read the memo from MDE regarding DPPD, June 6, 2013

 

IMPORTANT:

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 must offer DPPD over 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:

  • DPPD

  • College Credit (1 semester hour equates to 25 professional learning hours)

  • State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECHs)


 Non-Traditional Activities           

SCECHs for these activities are only available to Macomb County educators

PLEASE READ CAREFULLY

  • Student Teacher/Intern and Teacher Mentor assignments have been approved for twenty five State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECHs) per semester (January to June is the Spring Semester, September to December is the Fall Semester).

  • Only one activity per participant is eligible.

  • Spring semester paperwork can be returned in June but will not be uploaded until after June 30 but before July 31 of current year.

  • Fall semester paperwork can be returned in November but will not be uploaded until December 31 but before January 31 of current year.

  • Paperwork received late will be returned as ineligible.

  • The total an individual can earn over the five year renewal period is 75 SCECHs per activity.

  • School Improvement Teams and Committee meetings are year long assignments, earning twenty five State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECHs) during the year.

  • Only one activity per participant is eligible.

  • Paperwork can be returned in June but will not be uploaded until after June 30 but before July 31 of current year.

  • Paperwork received late will be returned as ineligible.

  • The total in individual can earn over the five year renewal period is now 75  SCECHs per activity.

 

Participants cannot earn more than 75 State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECHs) in any one category during a five year period.

This means you can submit paperwork for three School Committees within a five year period, three School Improvement Teams within a five year period and mentor or supervise one teacher three times within a five year period.

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


Quick Links for Individuals


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 the Macomb 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 (12/2/2015) 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 additional 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 suspicion that the certificate has been obtained using questionable or fraudulent documentation, OPPS will initiate an investigation into the matter.

 


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DPPD District Provided Professional Development
MDE Michigan Department of Education
MIES Michigan Education Information System
MISD Macomb Intermediate School District
MOECS Michigan Online Educator Certification System
OPPS Office of Professional Preparation Services
PIC Personal Identification Code
SCECHs State Continuing Education Clock Hours

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Deborah Forton 
Coordinator

     State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECHs)
     Social Worker Continuing Education (SWCE)

Macomb Intermediate School District
44001 Garfield Road
Clinton Township, MI  48038-1100


      Phone: 586/228-3509   /   Fax: 586/286-2809   /   dforton@misd.net