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Professional Learning Services

A flexible online community for Michigan educators

Educators deserve comprehensive yet flexible professional development, to learn and grow, to connect and communicate.

We’ve provided professional development to Michigan educators for nearly 20 years!

Our Professional Learning Services team collaborates with subject-matter experts to develop timely, comprehensive, and action-oriented learning opportunities for teachers, administrators, mentors, and counselors.

Take one of Michigan Virtual’s 300+ SCECH-bearing PD courses and let us do the SCECH processing! Last year, we processed more than 300,000 SCECHs.

District-provided professional development​

Administrators often want to provide school- or district-wide professional development, and we are here to help. Through our Group Registration and Enrollment program, you can choose courses for your staff to complete or curate a catalog with courses for staff to choose. Additionally, we offer personalized coaching services for blended and online learning efforts, as well as face-to-face synchronous training.

Professional development for mentors

Mentors play a critical role in supporting students but often do not receive as much training as they would like to perform this significant role. In addition to mentor resources such as our comprehensive mentor guide, mentors can receive a free online learning review and attend local mentor meetups.

Professional development for counselors

From college counseling to military counseling and career exploration, we offer several PD courses specifically for counselors. Discover how to develop relationships with college admissions officers, understand military offerings for high school graduates, and guide students to be career-ready after graduation.

Don’t take our word for it!

Hear what Michigan teachers have said about our products/services:

“I love the tips that each section gave so you could see how improving in that area is simpler than maybe we thought it would be.”

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“[This course] did what we should all do in our classroom: Start the process and show students how to carry that forward into the future.”

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“I would like to thank you and all of your partners who made these courses available to me as an educator. I appreciate the time and effort that was put into this great project. Thanks again for all your support in the world of virtual learning.”

5/5

Frequently asked questions

You receive your Certificate of Completion within 12 hours of fully completing the course. You will receive your SCECH credits within 10 full business days of receiving your Certificate of Completion.

There are two reasons. First, your Michigan Professional Teaching Certificate expires after five years, and renewal requires 150 hours of education-related professional learning. Second, quality PD courses can help you master not only useful professional and personal skills but also aid in improving student outcomes.

Access our Professional Learning Portal to view more than 250 courses. Select a course and click “Enroll in this course.”

We offer dozens of free, SCECH-bearing courses. The cost for individual courses is always listed and can range from free to around $200 based on the number of hours and SCECHs.

Contact our Customer Care Team with any questions or concerns you might have. They are available Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST.

The GRE program is highly customizable and can include nearly every course we offer. Explore our District-Provided Professional Development page for more information.

Interested in learning more?

Please fill out the form below if you are interested in speaking to one of our professional development specialists about providing educators in your district with goal-focused professional learning opportunities.

  • (Please include school name and district)
    (check all that apply)
  • Let us know what courses you may be interested in
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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.