State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECHs)-Formerly SB-CEUs

 

New this Year: PIC numbers are now required for SCECHs....click here for information.

How to locate your PIC number....click here .

 

What are they?

 

On May 18, 2012 the Michigan Department of Education revised the Administrative Rules which changed SB-CEUs to State Continuing Education Hours and those hours to be clock hours. The MDE combined the terms to name 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 MDE. SCECHs are the total number of instructional hours in a program. The eight (8) hour session would now award 8 SCECHs instead of .8 SB-CEUs.

 Who needs them?

Anyone who holds the following certificates and licenses are eligible to obtain and use SCECHs toward renewal:

  • School Psychologist
  • School Guidance Counselor
  • School Administrator

Those who have the following certificates:

  • Professional Education
  • Occupational Education
  • Provisional Education

Note:  Social Workers cannot use SCECHs towards their renewal.  Social Worker Continuing Education Units (SW-CEUs) are different from SCECHs.  For more information on social worker certification, visit  http://www.socialworkcec.com/swlicensebegins.html.  OAISD at this time does not offer SW-CEUs.  

Options to Earn SCECHs:

SCECHs are available for a majority of OAISD workshops and conferences.  For a listing of our approved SCECH programs, please visit:  OAISD Professional Development.

Where are they housed:

Michigan SB-CEUs (now SCECHs) earned prior to January 1, 2010 is kept on file with individual sponsors. You will need to contact each individual sponsor for any program you attended that offered SB-CEUs to request an official transcript. For a transcript from Ottawa Area ISD, please contact Karen Kooiker . You will need to provide your current last name, along with any other names you earned credit under. A transcript will be mailed upon your request.

For any programs ending after January 1, 2010, your records will be in MOECS from all sponsors.

Attendance Requirements:

 

  • That the MDE and OAISD requires 100% attendance for SCECH programs.
  • No SCECHs will be awarded if any part of this program is missed and no make-ups are available.
  • You must sign in before the class and sign out after the class (if required to do so)--failure to do so will result in forfeiture of your SCECHs for the class.
  • If out-of-class assignments are advertised in advance, you must complete them in order to received the SCECHs.
  • You are eligible for either SCECHs or College Credit, but not both because it is a duplication of credit.
  • Please complete the MDE online evaluationin the SCR within 30 days of the email notification.

    -The coordinator uploads eligible attendees' registration information into the SCR when the program is complete.                -Attendees are notified by email that the required online evaluation is available.                                                                     -After completing the online evaluation, and paying for it if applicable, the SCECHs are awarded to your SCR account.   (You must have an SCR account and complete the evaluation to be awarded SCECHs.)

In addition, you can earn SCECHs for the following non-traditional activities:

  • Serving as a Mentor to a New Teacher
  • Serving as a Supervising a Student Teacher
  • Serving as a New Administrator Mentor
  • Serving as a New Principal Mentor
  • Serving as a Supervising School Psychologist
  • Serving as a Supervising School Counselor
  • Serving on a PA25 School Improvement Team
  • Serving on a School Committee

 

  • For additional information regarding requirements, eligibilty and deadlines, please contact Karen Kooiker, SCECH Coordinator

 

More information about SCECHs, Credit, and Certificates click here .

If you want more information about Teacher Certification, please contact Leslie Kole in our Human Resources Department.

Helpful Links

MDE Teacher Certification Information

Changes:

MDE Update: Teacher Certificate Renewal Waiver - Thursday, June 26, 2014

On May 18, 2012, revisions to the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) Teacher Certification Code were signed and made effective.  As a result of rule changes, unforeseen restrictions on educators and the inability to renew a Provisional certificate or progress to the Professional Educator Certificate occurred.  While MDE is currently working to revise these rules, the Michigan Association of Intermediate School Administrators (MAISA) requested a waiver on behalf of the 56 Intermediate School Districts to waive two aspects of the current rules, effective immediately. This waiver request has been granted by the State Superintendent, Mike Flanagan.

“Master’s Degree Earned at Any Time”

This approved waiver allows teachers to use an approved master’s degree “earned at any time” to renew a Provisional certificate or progress to the Professional Education certificate regardless of when it was earned, to meet their professional learning requirement.

Professional Learning Hours (180) vs. DPPD (150)

This approved waiver allows applicants to renew their Michigan Provisional certificate or progress to the Professional Education certificate by obtaining 150 professional learning hours regardless of the option used.  Note: District Provided Professional Development (DPPD) cannot be used for Provisional certificate RENEWAL.

DPPD Clarification:

Recent clarification of MCL 380.1527 and Teacher Certification Code also enabled MDE to remove the limitation restricting the use of DPPD to a maximum of 30 hours per school year.  We will no longer have a cap of 30 hours per school year for DPPD.  Teachers will need a total of 150 hours over the 5 year period as prescribed in rule for progression to the Professional Education certificate or Professional Education certificate renewal.

Applicants who are impacted by this waiver and/or clarification and have previously been denied certificate renewal or progression to the Professional Education certificate may reapply using the Michigan Online Educator Certification System (www.michigan.gov/MOECS) if they now meet the professional learning requirements, as well as the other requirements specified in rule.