Updated January 27, 2016

As of December 7, 2015 the Secure Central Registry (SCR) has merged with the Michigan Online Educator Certifciation System (MOECS).  This merger has eliminated public access to the SCR.  The new website is www.michigan.gov/moecs


Starting August 1, 2015, the Personal Identification Code (PIC) is a requirement when obtaining SCECHs.  To locate your PIC number, click here and follow the directions.


CERTIFICATION RENEWAL INFORMATION FOR TEACHERS, SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGISTS AND ADMINISTRATORS

 

CERTIFICATION RENEWAL INFORMATION

 May 19, 2015 
Please review the document below for more information from the Michigan Department of Education regarding educator certification.

Certificate Renewal Requirements as of June 20, 2014 

You can also get more information directly from MDE's site by clicking here: http://www.michigan.gov/mde/0,1607,7-140-6530_5683_14795---,00.html  

MDE 2014 Certification Update Meeting

Office of Professional Preparation Serviceshttp://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLj0-Qr5FR9ppLFtW0FAxPW6qt17yf0Pub 

SCECHs OverviewIndividuals 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

  (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).

All SCECHs earned after January 1, 2010 are awarded to educators via a Secure Central Registry (SCR).  Once uploaded to the SCR, participants will receive an email directing them to the web address (www.getmipd.com) to complete a personal account and evaluation. 

After completion of the personal account, participants follow the instructions to complete the evaluation of the offering and the SCECHs will be awarded and listed on an unofficial transcript.  The SCR will charge $20 for an official SCECH transcript, while unofficial SCECH transcripts can be viewed and printed online free.

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) will no longer print or mail educator certificates.  Educators will print out their own certificates from their MOECS account. The certificate requires notarization 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ON CERTIFICATE RENEWAL 

The Michigan Department of Education has created a new system for educators to renew their certification.  The new Michigan Online Educator Certification System (MOECS) is a secure web based application.  Educators will use MOECS to apply for certificates, renewals, duplicate certificates and pay certification fees using a credit card. 

If you are using SCECHs to renew your certificate or license in MOECS, you need to locate your Personal Identification Code (PIC) on MOECS and place it in the Secure Central Registry (SCR) to have your SCECH credits appear in MOECS.  Detailed information can be found here on locating your PIC number.

Once your PIC is in the SCR, any SCECHs already uploaded in the SCR should appear in MOECS within four (4) business days.

College credits are not transferred into the Secure Central Registry as SCECHs.  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".  

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

The Office of Professional Preparation Services (OPPS) will no longer print or mail educator certificates.  Educators will print out their own certificates from their MOECS account.    The certificate requires notarization.  It is 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. Professional development does not count if not an SCECH offering. Ensure you have possession of records as well.      

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

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;

(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 our 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/0,1607,7-140-6530_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 offer 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  
     
  • 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 must be returned after June 30 but before July 31 of current year.  Fall semester paperwork must be returned after December 31 but before January 31 of current year.
  • Paperwork received early or late will be returned.
  • The total in individual can earn over the five year renewal period is now 75 SCECHs.
  •  
  • TO BE DISCONTINUED AFTER 6/30/2015 DUE TO LACK OF INTEREST    Supervision of School Counselor or School Psychologist 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 must be returned after June 30 but before July 31 of current year.  Fall semester paperwork must be returned after December 31 but before January 31 of current year.
  • Paperwork received early or late will be returned.
  • The total in individual can earn over the five year renewal period is now 75 SCECHs.
  • 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 cannot be submitted until after June 30 but before July 31 of current year.
  • Paperwork received early or late will be returned.
  • The total in individual can earn over the five year renewal period is now 75  SCECHs.

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

This means you can submit credit for three School Committees within a five year period, three School Improvement Teams within a five year period and mentor/supervise one teacher or supervise a counselor/psychologist three times within a five year period (mentoring/supervising teacher or supervising a counselor/psychologist each semester counts as one time.)  

We no longer approve SCECHs for Supervising Student Principal/Intern or New Principal Mentor. 

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

For instructions (qualifications), click here
Click here for school improvement verification form

Click here for committee meeting verification form

Click here for mentor teacher / supervising teacher verification form

Click here for supervising school counselor / school psychologist     

Quick Links for Individuals
 
quick information on SCECHs/SB-CEUs, the SCR and MOECS

Step-by-step instructions on Certificate Renewal 

 MDE's website for SCECHs/SB-CEU approved programs (click on CATALOG)  

Secure Central Registry (SCR) Website

 MOECS website

Click here for information on locating the PIC (Personal Identification Code)

 

PROVISIONAL AND PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATE RENEWAL INFORMATION

One of the most common questions at Office of Professional Preparations Services (OPPS) is "What do I need to renew my certificate?" You can always find information at www.Michigan.gov/TeacherCert in the Facts on Educator Certification

Effective June 13, 2014, A Master’s degree earned at any time can be used for a Provisional Renewal and/or Progression from a Provisional to a Professional Certificate.

I.                  Provisional  Certificate Renewals   

If you have not previously earned a Master’s degree, you will need 150 total hours of renewal credit. You can use 6 college credits, 150 SCECHs (State Continuing Education Clock Hours, formerly SB-CEUs), or any combination of the two (one credit equals 30 SCECHs). For example; you could have a 3 credit class for 75 hours, and use 75 hours of SCECHs for your 150 hour total.

You CANNOT use District Provided Professional Development (DPPD) to renew a provisional certificate.

Requirements for using credit:

1.       The credits must not have been completed prior to the issuance date of your last certification. For example, if you last renewed on June 1, 2011 nothing completed prior that EXACT date would be applicable. 

2.       The credits must not be more than 3 years old. For example, today is May 20, 2015. Nothing completed prior to May 20, 2012 would be applicable.

II.               Progressing from the Provisional to the Professional Certificate
  
The following are REQUIRED to progress from Provisional to Professional

1.       Completion of Reading Methods. 3 credit hours for secondary certificates, 6 credit hours for elementary certificates. If you have completed a Teacher Preparation undergraduate degree in Michigan after 1983 you have already completed this requirement. 

2.       Completion of Reading Diagnostics. This is a Master’s level course that would not be included in an undergrad program. You can find a list of every college in Michigan that offers the Reading Diagnostics course here.

3.       http://www.michigan.gov/documents/mde/PA_118_Web_chart_2_4_11_344767_7.pdf 

4.       3 years of successful teaching since the issuance of your provisional certificate. The 3 years doesn't need to be done at a single school district, as long as you have 3 total years.  
       
If you have not previously earned a Master’s degree, you will need 150 total hours of renewal credit. This can be 6 college credits, 150 SCECH hours, 150 DPPD hours, or any combination of the 3. For example, you could take a 3 credit college course for 75 hours, have 25 hours of SCECHs, and 50 hours of DPPD. This is just one example. You can combine them in any way.

There is no longer a cap on DPPD hours per school year. Any hours earned and approved by the district can be used for progression.

Requirement for using credits when progressing from Provisional to Professional Certificate

If you have done a  provisional renewal:

1.       The credits must not have been completed prior to the issuance date of your last certification. For example, if you last renewed on June 1, 2011 nothing completed prior that EXACT date would be applicable.

2.       The credits must not be more than 3 years old. For example, today is June 24, 2014. Nothing completed prior to June 24, 2011 would be applicable. 

If you have NOT done a provisional renewal:

1.       The credits must not have been completed prior to the issuance date of your last certification. For example, if you were issued a provisional certificate on June 1, 2008, nothing completed prior that EXACT date would be applicable.

2.       The credits must not be more than 5 years old. For example, today is June 24, 2014. Nothing completed prior to June 24, 2009 would be applicable.


 Professional Certificate Renewals  

The requirements for renewing a professional certificate are the same as the credit requirements for progressing from the provisional to the professional: 

A total of 150 hours. This can be 6 college credits, 150 SCECH hours, 150 DPPD hours, or any combination of the 3. For example, you could take a 3 credit college course for 75 hours, have 25 hours of SCECHs, and 50 hours of DPPD. This is just one example. You can combine them in any way. 

There is no longer a cap on DPPD hours per year. Any hours earned and approved by the district can be used.

Requirements for using credits:

1.       The credits must not have been completed prior to the issuance date of your last certification. For example, if you were issued a provisional certificate on June 1, 2008, nothing completed prior that EXACT date would be applicable.

2.       The credits must not be more than 5 years old. For example, today is June 24, 2014. Nothing completed prior to June 24, 2009 would be applicable.

School Administrator Renewal  

You will need 150 total hours. You can use 6 college credits, 150 SCECHs or 150 DPPD, or any combination of the three.  

For example; you could have a 3 credit class for 75 hours, and use 75 hours of SCECHs for your 150 hour total.

Requirements for using renewal credits:

1.       The credits must not have been completed prior to the issuance date of your last certification. For example, if you were issued a provisional certificate on June 1, 2008, nothing completed prior that EXACT date would be applicable.

2.       The credits must not be more than 5 years old. For example, today is June 24, 2014. Nothing completed prior to June 24, 2009 would be applicable.

**If you hold a VALID PROFESSIONAL teaching certificate, you can automatically apply for your school administrator renewal without taking additional credits.

School Counselor/School Psychologist Renewal  

You will need 150 total hours to renew your certificate.  You can use 6 college credits, 150 SCECHs, or 150 DPPD or any combination of the three.  

For example; you could have a 3 credit class for 75 hours, and use 75 hours of SCECHs for your 150 hour total.  

1.       The credits must not have been completed prior to the issuance date of your last certification. For example, if you were issued a provisional certificate on June 1, 2008, nothing completed prior that EXACT date would be applicable.

2.       The credits must not be more than 5 years old. For example, today is June 24, 2014. Nothing completed prior to June 24, 2009 would be applicable.

If you have questions, phone 517/373-3310 or email MOECSSupport@Michigan.gov

Updated to reflect the renewal credit requirement changes as of May 2015 
 

              PDF DocumentDistrict Provided Professional Development Form

              PDF DocumentBeginning Teacher Annual Record of Professional Development

              PDF DocumentExperienced Teacher Annual Record of Professional Development

              PDF DocumentGuidelines for Professional Development

               PDF DocumentJune 13 2014 Waiver to Renew a Provisional Certificate or Progress to Professional Certificate

               PDF Document MDE FActs about Teacher Certification

               PDF DocumentProfessional Certificate Renewal Decision Tree

               PDF DocumentFAQ about MOECS

 

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


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.

Options to Earn SCECHs:

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

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 the MCISD, please contact ext. 1310, Susan Dozier. 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 SCR from all sponsors.

Attendance Requirements:

 

  • That the MDE and MCISD 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 (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