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; i.e. an eight (8) hour session would award 8 SCECHs.
Who is eligible to use SCECHs for certificate approval?
Individuals who hold the following certificates and licenses are eligible to obtain and use SCECHs toward certificate/licensure renewal:
- School Psychologist certificate
- School Guidance Counselor license
- School Administrator certificate
- Professional Education certificate
- Occupational Education certificate
- Provisional Education certificate
- Interim Occupational certificate
Under the new Administrative Rules, the credits educators must earn for renewal of their certificate has also expanded to include the five days of professional development a district is required to provide their teachers annually (PA 289, 1995 Sec.380.1527). The options to earn credits for renewal are: 6 college semester credits, 150 state continuing education clock hours, district-provided professional development (Sec. 380.1527), or a combination of these. Instructions for Reporting District-Provided Professional Development
A list of approved SCECH Professional Development programs is located at SCECH Catalog of Professional Learning Programs.
In additional to traditional workshops, seminars, trainings and conferences, Non-Traditional Professional Activities are also eligible to receive State Continuing Education Clock Hours.