Need SCECHs?

Our online professional learning courses can help you get the SCECHs you need to keep your teaching certificate up to date. Last year, we provided Michigan educators with over 100,000 SCECHs worth of affordable training opportunities!

Featured Course: Introduction to Social and Emotional Learning

In March, State Superintendent Dr. Michael Rice urged educators to enroll in the Social Emotional Learning: Introduction to SEL course. As part of the Michigan Department of Education’s (MDE) outreach plan — “Children Matter. You Matter. Learn SEL!” — MDE has asked every building leader and at least two to four teachers per building to complete this PD course.

You will earn 6 SCECHs in this free self-paced course and hone key components as defined by MDE, including:

  • 5 core social and emotional competencies
  • Research underpinning SEL
  • Comprehensive benefits and positive outcomes of SEL for staff, students, families, and other stakeholders

Self-Paced Online Courses

The majority of our online professional development courses are self-paced, meaning there is no instructor and you can set your own pace for learning.

Facilitated Online Courses

Some of our online professional development courses are facilitated, meaning that you will have an instructor guiding your journey through the course.

Design Your Own PD Plan

Ever wonder what it would be like if you could design your own learning? Let us introduce you to MyPD, a flexible, customized, and repeatable online course that puts you in the driver seat of your own professional development.

SCECH Processing FAQs

Skip the paperwork — all you have to worry about is your learning. Once your course is completed, we will submit your SCECHs to the Michigan Online Educator Certification System (MOECS) for you.

Please allow 10 business days from course completion for your SCECHs to be processed.

The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) uses the Michigan Online Educator Certification System (MOECS) to renew teaching certificates for Michigan teachers. MDE authorizes Michigan Virtual as a State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECH) sponsor to provide courses that meet MDE SCECH standards. Information about your certificate renewal can be found at MDE – Educator Services.

As a special service to our educators, we will have extra staff working on SCECH processing towards the end of June 2022 to ensure that your SCECHs can be processed in time for the June 30 deadline.

As long as you complete your course by Sunday, June 26 at 11:59 pm, we guarantee your SCECHs will be processed by June 30. Course completions on June 27 or later may not be processed before July, and we will not be able to make exceptions for any learners. After June 30, we will resume our usual practices and process SCECHs within 10 business days.

After your course is marked as completed in the PLP, please allow 10 business days for your SCECHs to be processed. You will receive an email from MDE to the email address connected with your MOECS account with further instructions.

Please note: Courses often require time for feedback and grading. Please review the messaging within your course to learn whether extra time will be required after you submitted your assignments.

There could be a variety of reasons. Please begin by checking the following:

  1. Have ten business days passed since course completion? If not, please be patient while SCECHs are uploaded to MOECS.
  2. In PLP, is your course listed under your completed courses? Check the Professional Learning Portal to verify the course is in your completed list. The Check Course Completion Status can guide you through how to check. If not in your completed list, please complete your course. Please remember that a facilitated course must be graded by your facilitator.
  3. Do you have an evaluation due in MOECS? For MOECS to record your SCECHs in your transcript, you must claim them first. If you experience issues with the evaluation, please contact the MOECS help desk at 517-373-3310 or via email.

Please contact the Customer Care Center if you need assistance in PLP after checking on your course completion.

Please contact MOECS if you have questions about your MOECS account.

SCECH Policies

In order to receive SCECHs for courses completed through Michigan Virtual’s Professional Learning Portal, learners must abide by all policies stated below:

  • Users must supply their PIC (Personal Identification Code) in their PLP account. PICs can be located from the Michigan Online Educator Certification System (MOECS).
  • Your first and last name must match in your PLP and MOECS accounts. If your first and last names do not match, this may result in a delay.
  • You must complete, at a minimum, the posted estimated SCECH hours for the course.
  • SCECH credits are uploaded to MOECS; please allow up to 10 business days from your completion date for Michigan Virtual to upload your SCECH credits to MOECS.
  • The MOECS system then generates an email notification from [email protected] that requires you to complete an online evaluation.
  • You must complete the MDE online evaluation. After completing the required evaluation in MOECS, the SCECHs will be visible in your MOECS account.

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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.