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State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECH)

Updated October 19, 2022

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On July 14, 2022, Governor Whitmer signed the Fiscal Year 2023 (FY23) budget (Public Act No. 144 of 2022) which funds Student Scholarships, Grants and Outreach (SSGO) programs, a division of the Michigan Department of Treasury within the Office of Postsecondary Financial Planning (OPFP), for Academic Year 2022-23, including new programs for our future educators. OPFP recently released program information to local districts. Learn more: MI Future Educator Programs. 


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

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 (earned prior to 7/1/2020).  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, 150 DPPD (earned prior to 7/1/2020) or 6 university credits or a combination (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.

Standard Teaching Certificate Renewal

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To review educator credentials, log into the Michigan Online Educator Certification System (MOECS).  Certificates can be renewed beginning January 1 without any loss of validity. Remember, districts can face costly state-aid deductions for employing educators without appropriate credentials.  While there is no state issued or legal penalty to an educator for a lapsed credential, educators are responsible for maintaining valid Michigan credentials for employment and may face district contract issues for lapses. Districts are legally required to offer District Provided Professional Development (DPPD) to help participants earn the necessary hours needed to recertify. Both the Standard Teaching Certificate and Professional Teaching Certificate are renewable without educator evaluation ratings or DPPD. View all the options here. Progressing to the Professional Teaching Certificate or Advanced Teaching Certificate do require educator evaluation labels. For more information, visit Recertification Without Educator Evaluation in Response to COVID-19.

The optional Advanced Professional Education Certificate is available starting January 1, 2017 and is valid for up to five years.

This certificate recognizes 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.

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Educator Evaluation Frequently Asked Questions

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
  • 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, 150 DPPD or 6 university credits or a combination (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 update the personal account and complete the evaluation before SCECHs are granted. 

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 Facebook page for updates at https://www.facebook.com/MIEducator

Michigan Department of Education - 517/241-5000 or MDE-EducatorHelp@michigan.gov

District Provided Professional Development (DPPD)


For DPPD earned prior to July 1 2020

NEW   District-Provided Professional Development Reporting Requirements - EFFECTIVE July 1, 2020 

District Provided Professional Development Reporting Process for Educators

Non-Traditonal Activities 2022-2023 School Year

SCECHs for these activities are only available to Macomb County educators

PLEASE READ CAREFULLY (detailed instructions can be found on each individual form)

Student Teacher/Intern, Teacher Mentor assignments have been approved for twenty five State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECHs) per semester (Spring Semester activities are eligible from January 1, 2023 to June 28, 2023, Fall Semester activities are eligible from September 5, 2022 to January 1, 2023).

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.  Year-long activities are eligible from August 1, 2022 to June 28, 2023.

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 activity during a five year period.

This means you can submit paperwork for three School Committees within a five year period and three School Improvement Teams within a five year period.

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

Previous activities have been removed due to low enrollment and will not be eligible to receive SCECHs this school year.

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.

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.


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

Deborah Forton 

     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