State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECHs)

SCECHs are credits awarded for Michigan Department of Education (MDE) approved in-services, workshops, trainings, conferences, and individual professional activities, that are used for the renewal of selected certificates issued by the MDE.

Individuals who hold a Provisional, Professional, School Administrator, or School Psychologist Certificate, a School Guidance Counselor License, or an Occupational Education Certificate, are eligible to use SCECHs for certificate renewal every five years. Effective June 2014, applicants may renew their Michigan Provisional certificate or progress to the Professional Education certificate by obtaining 150 professional learning hours regardless of whether they are Professional Learning Hours or District Provided Professional Development (DPPD) hours*.

*On July 1, 2020, District Provided Professional Development (DPPD) transitioned to State Continuing Education Hours (SCECH) reported in the Michigan Online Educator Certification System (MOECS). Programs previously defined as “non-traditional” will also transition and be reported in the same manner as all other DPPD programs. 

Options to Earn SCECHs

Individual programs may offer SCECHs if they meet the time requirements and an application has been submitted 30 days prior to the program offering. Several individual professional activities also offer participants the opportunity to earn SCECHs.

For programs, check with facilitator(s) at the time of registration to see if SCECHs are offered. SCECHs cannot be granted retroactively; registration must be completed at the program. You can find out which GISD programs offer SCECHs by reviewing the course details available in the Professional Learning Catalog on the GISD website.

To see all MDE-approved SCECH programs, visit the Michigan Online Educator Certification System (MOECS) website.

In addition to attending traditional workshops/conferences, many professional activities that educators participate in throughout the school year are eligible for earning SCECHs as well. These programs were previously defined as "non-traditional" and will also transition and be reported in the same manner as all other DPPD programs. These programs will also be verified by the District and processed as SCECHs in MOECS either directly or through the Intermediate School District (ISD). Criteria and processes for obtaining SCECHs for professional activities are outlined by the MDE.

How to Access SCECH Records

The MDE has transitioned to the Michigan Online Educator Certification System (MOECS), which now provides a central depository of all SCECHs awarded, from all sponsors. The MOECS website is:

For questions or additional information regarding SCECHs, please contact Angela Whaley at (810) 591-4538 or by email at [email protected].