State Continuing Education Clock Hours Overview

  • State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECH) are earned by attending professional development activities approved by the Michigan Department of Education (MDE). These hours can be used for renewal of certificates and licenses issued by the MDE, Office of Professional Preparation Services.

    There are two categories of SCECH programs: Traditional and Non-Traditional programs.

    Traditional Professional Development:

    • Conferences
    • Meetings and workshops

    Non-Traditional Professional Development:

    You must contact your local SCECH sponsor to obtain complete description, qualification requirements, instructions, and rules prior to starting the following assignments to receive SCECHs. Credit can only be earned by filing the appropriate documentation with your local SCECH sponsor within 30 days after the assignment is complete.

    • Mentoring a new teacher or administrator in your school
    • Supervising a college student during their student teaching or pre-teaching experience
    • Serving on a P.A. 25 School Improvement Team or School Committee.  Participants must have verified attendance at 3/4 of the scheduled meetings, but not less than six meetings, to be eligible for SCECHs.

    The complete list of SCECH programs available in the SCECH Catalog


    DPPD Update:

    Beginning July 1, 2020, any DPPD used for recertification must be entered by the districts as State Continuing Education Credit Hours (SCECHs) into the Michigan Online Educator Certification System (MOECS).  Educators will still be able to utilize the DPPD they attended prior to July 1, 2020 using the current documentation process.  All district provided professional development used for certificate renewal must be earned as SCECHs starting July 1, 2020.

    Districts have three options for SCECH Sponsorship – each District can be their own Sponsor, Districts can work through their ISDs/RESAs/ESAs, or 2 or more districts may create a District Consortium by working together for their programs and participant uploads.

    DPPD for program applications options:

    • One yearlong DPPD program including all the professional development hours the district will offer for the school year.
    • Multiple DPPD programs separated by categories (EX: by content or building) that include all the professional development hours the district will offer for the school year.
    • Individual programs for each half day/full day offering.

    For more information here is the link to resources page: New DPPD Reporting Process Resources (