SCECHs, or State Continuing Education Clock Hours, are State Board approved in-service, workshop, training, or conference credits that are used for the renewal of selected certificates issued by the Michigan Department of Education (MDE).

Educators now earn State Continuing education hours and clock hours for renewal purposes. MDE has designated the credits State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECHs).

SCECHs are awarded through MOECS. The online evaluation is still required. SCECH​s earned previously within the appropriate time period can still be used for renewal.

Information on the license/certificate renewal process can be found on the Michigan Department of Education's website. You can also call MDE at 517.373.3310.​​​

Renewal of any MDE issued certificate is done through your MOECS account at ​MOECS Website.

Individuals who hold the following certificates and licenses are eligible to obtain and use SCECHs toward certificate/licensure renewal:

School Psychologist & School Administrator certificates; School Guidance Counselor license

These following certificates require renewal every five years. The renewal requirement includes the completion of six semester hours of appropriate coursework through an approved institution, 150 SCECHs, or a combination of these. School administrators are required to complete six semester hours, 150 SCECHs, or a combination of the two every five years for continued employment.

Professional Education certificate and Occupational Education certificate

These certificates require renewal every five years. The renewal requirement includes the completion of six semester hours of appropriate coursework through an approved institution, 15​0 SCECHs, district provided professional development, or a combination of all three.

Provisional Certificate (renewed after Sept. 1, 2013)

This certificate requires renewal every three years, maximum of 2 renewals. The renewal requirement includes the evidence that he or she has earned since the issuance of the certificate: 6 semester credit hours in a planned program at an approved teacher preparation institution or 150 clock hours of state continuing education in approved professional development activities appropriate to the grade level and content endorsement(s) of the certificate that he or she holds or a combination of semester credit hours and state continuing education hours; or that he or she holds an earned master’s or higher degree in areas appropriate to kindergarten to grade 12 teaching.

Other Professional Development and How to Apply

Professional development qualifying for SCECH credit include training sessions with a minimum of 3 ¼ hours of instruction (not including breaks and meals) and workshops or conferences held by professional organizations for which SCECHs have been applied for by the sponsoring organization, but for which you would like to obtain SCECHs for yourself.

District Provided Professional Development

Educators who have a Professional Education Certificate, an Occupational Education Certificate, a school administrator certificate, a school guidance counselor license, or a school psychologist certificate ​can use the professional development offered by their school districts (DPPD) in compliance with PA 289, 1995 Section 380.1527 to renew. Teachers must list in their MOECS account the district provided professional development for each year, print that form and have their principal sign the form confirming they attended and that the programs listed where district provided per the law. If a teacher completes all 5 days every year of their 5 year renewal period, that is enough to renew.

Eligibility for SCECH Credit

Participants must pay a non-refundable $10.00 SCECH fee, payable by cash, check or credit card (Mastercard, Visa, American Express and Discover) and attend 100% of workshop contact hours, and sign in each day. The SCECH fee is payable on the last day of the program. You may pay by cash (small bills preferably), or by check payable to Oakland Schools. About 2 weeks after completion of the course, participants will be emailed detailed instructions and a link to complete the required MDE evaluation of this course. The evaluation should be completed within 30 days of receiving the email. Once the evaluation has been completed MDE will award SCECHs.


Lori Dean

Titles: SCECH Specialist
Phone Numbers:
School: 248.209.2281