Michigan’s Online Course Catalog requires a course syllabus to include course descriptions and School Courses for the Exchange of Data (SCED) information. This document describes the process of classifying syllabi using SCED codes.


  1. First, review the Secondary School Courses and Prior-to-Secondary Courses websites for SCED related information.
    Note: Each of the above documents contain a full list of course classifications and descriptions. Chapter 2 of the “secondary school” document and chapter 1 of the “prior-to-secondary” document referred to above outline the framework of SCED codes. The coding is structured in four elements, course description, course level, available credit, and sequence.
  2. Next, login to Michigan’s Online Course Catalog and then tap Courses from the top menu.
  3. Then use the search filters to narrow results.
  4. Next, tap the Edit button located to the far left of the results table.
    The Courses page shows search fields and results table. An arrow points to the edit button located to the left of the AP Art History Semester 1 course.
  5. At this point, tap SCED Information on the left menu and then select the most suitable option from each drop-down field.
    Screen capture of the Edit Course pages with SCED Information selected on the left. An arrow points to the SCED School Level drop-down menu.

Additional Information:

Elements of the SCED Coding Structure

The table below shows the SCED coding structure elements along with a description and an example of each.
Coding ElementDescriptionExample
Course DescriptionThe first two digits of a code represent a subject area, corresponding to one of twenty-two general categories. For example, Subject Area Mathematics is coded as (02). The next three digits represent a course identifier, essentially what distinguishes one course from another within the same subject area.For example, Algebra I is coded as (052). Taken together, the SCED code for Algebra I is 02052. The documents referred to above contain a full list of all recognized SCED courses, coding and description.
Course LevelThe second element of a course's SCED code refers to its course level. One of four possible letters is assigned to a course to convey its level of rigor:
· B - Basic or Remedial
· E - Enriched or Advanced
· G - General or Regular
· H - Honors
The majority of courses that schools offer are general.
Available CreditFor secondary courses this refers to the amount of Carnegie unit credits available to a student who successfully completes the course. Credit is assigned as either 1.0 or .50, varying between courses and from district to district.
Note: Prior-to-secondary courses, this element is coded differently as it indicates the grade span for which the course is appropriate, represented as a four-character code with no decimals. A course may be appropriate across multiple grade levels or a singular grade.
For example, a course appropriate for grades 7 and 8 would receive the coding 0708, while a course appropriate for only grade 3 would be coded as 0303.
SequenceThis identifier refers to whether courses are" broken up" into multiple terms but consist of the same course description.For example, a district may offer Algebra 1A and Algebra IB, in the first and second semesters respectively, but the course will maintain the same coding and description for each term. The catalog requires that the position of the specific course in the sequence and the total number of courses in the sequence be identified. This can be thought of in terms of a course being "number x out of number y." For example, Algebra 1A would have a position in the sequence of, and the total number of courses in the sequence would be 2.

Last updated on February 10, 2021

Limited Course Capacity

We’re sorry to inform you that we have reached capacity for several of our Semester 1 and Trimester 1 courses. You’ll notice when attempting to enroll students in our Student Learning Portal that some courses are unavailable. While we are no longer accepting new enrollments for these courses at this time, many courses continue to remain open for enrollment.

With many students across the state 100% remote, demand for our online courses is greater than ever before. Because every course we offer is taught by a Michigan-certified teacher, this high volume of enrollments has created capacity issues for our teachers who provide each and every student with individual feedback.

While the Michigan Virtual team anticipated and planned for significant increases in student enrollments this Fall, the increased demand we’ve experienced has been unprecedented. As a result, we are taking steps to hire even more part-and full-time teachers to support larger numbers of student enrollments for Semester 2 as well as for Trimester 2 and 3. 

For schools that still need online learning options this year, please fill out the form at the bottom of our virtual pathways page to meet with someone to discuss other solutions. While some of our teacher-led courses are full, we may still have the capacity to help you in upcoming terms or can discuss timing to implement a whole-school or collaborative program in which local teachers from your school/district use our online course content to teach students. We also have free course content and resources available for you to use.

We know this is an incredibly stressful time for all, and we’re sorry if the courses you’re looking for are unavailable. We never want to turn away a student who wants to learn from us. Our top concern, however, is student success, and we have a policy to not take on additional enrollments if we cannot guarantee that all students will have a quality online learning experience. 

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate the unusually high volume of enrollments we are receiving.