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Professional Development

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The OAISD offers a diverse selection of high-quality professional development opportunities and resources. Let us be your partner in planning, implementing, monitoring, and sustaining professional development that results in quality instruction and improved student achievement. 

External Link OAISD Professional Development Offerings and Registration (new window)

Find the course designed to meet your needs. This system also tracks courses you have previously taken.

Below is the Professional Development Calendar.  You can view in list format or switch to the calendar view on the right side of the calendar.  You can also subscribe to the calendar with the small calendar icon next to the view buttons.  When you click on an event, you can also click the "Register Now" link to sign up for the event.

Professional Development Calendar

Vision, Beliefs & Standards for Professional Development

The OAISD Vision of Professional Development

Professional Development transforms systems, beliefs, practices, and the learning community to increase the individual’s capacity to excel in life.

The OAISD Beliefs for Professional Development

We believe professional development:

  • requires data and research
  • addresses short-term needs and long-term goals
  • nurtures individual and organizational learning
  • sustains learning over time
  • models collaborative design, development and delivery
  • improves through continuous evaluation

The OAISD Professional Development Standards

The setting includes organization or culture in which new learning will be implemented ...

  • organizes adults into learning communities
  • requires skillful leaders and facilitators
  • requires resources to support and sustain learning and collaboration

The content includes knowledge and skills ...

  • deepens learners understanding of students and how they learn
  • sets high expectations for all students
  • emphasizes the value of all students
  • expands disciplinary understanding
  • provides strategies for delivery
  • includes the use of appropriate assessments
  • provides rationale and strategies for learning and collaboration

The process includes the means for the delivery and aquisition of new knowledge and skills ...

  • uses data to determine learning priorities, monitor progress, and demonstrate impact
  • facilitates transfer of learning
  • models a safe, orderly and supportive learning environment
  • models collaborative practice
  • provides for reflection and feedback

State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECHs)

Locating your PIC Number

What are SCECHs?

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 is 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 MI Social Work CE Collaborative.  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 the OAISD Professional Development information and registration page. 

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 Mandy Laninga. 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

  • MDE and OAISD require 100% attendance for SCECH programs
  • No SCECHs will be awarded if any part of this program is missed, 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 receive the SCECHs
  • You are eligible for either SCECHs or College Credit, but not both as it is a duplication of credit
  • Complete the MDE online evaluation in the SCR within 30 days of the email notification in order to receive your credit in MOECS

SCECH Award Process after Course Completion

  • 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, eligibility and deadlines, please contact Mandy Laninga, OAISD SCECH Coordinator

For more information about Teacher Certification, please contact the OAISD Human Resources Department.

Helpful Links

MDE Certification Guidance Documents

  • View all currently approved SCECH offerings across the state of Michigan.
    Information on how to create or review your account, access and complete an evaluation, and view awarded State Continuing Education Hours (SCECHs) on an Unofficial Transcript.

Professional Learning Resources, SCECHs, DPPD


The MDE Provisional Teaching Certificate has changed to a Standard Teaching Certificate.

The Standard Teaching Certificate is a five-year teaching certificate with unlimited renewals. Each renewal adds five years to the certificate’s validity. A renewal can be requested any time after January 1 of the expiration year upon completion of requirements.

Current Provisional teaching certificates will be automatically converted into Standard teaching certificates.

Teachers who have lapsed Provisional Teaching Certificates (or Standard Teaching Certificates) will now be eligible to renew under the Standard Teaching Certificate upon completion of requirements.

To find your Personal Identification Code, you can either ask your Human Resources department or look it up if you have a login to the Michigan Online Education Certification System (MOECS) system.  To lookup your code:

  1. Log into the Michigan Online Educator Certification System (MOECS)
  2. On your profile page your six-digit PIC number will be listed
  3. Also check to verify your contact information to be sure it is all up to date

SCECH Coordinator

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Mandy Laninga