What are SCECHs (formerly sb-ceus)?
On May 18th, 2012 Michigan Legislature changed the Administrative Rules which changed SB-CEUs to State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECHs). SCECHs are State approved in-service, workshop, training, or conference credits that are used for the renewal of selected certificated issued by the MDE. SCECHs are calculated as the total number of instructional hours in a program.
State Board-Continuing Education Units (SB-CEUs) were approved in-service, workshop, training, or conference credits that are used for the renewal of selected certificates issued by the Michigan Department of Education (MDE). SB-CEUs were calculated by dividing the total number of contact or instructional hours by the number 10. Thus, an eight (8) hour session would be eligible to receive eight tenths (.8) of an SB-CEU.
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:
- The Provisional certificate
- The Professional Education certificate
- The Occupational Education certificate
- The School Psychologist certificate
- The School Guidance Counselor license
- The School Administrator certificate
Significance of scechs
Generic CEUs cannot be used toward renewal of a Michigan Teacher or School Psychologist Certificate. Only state approved SCECH/SB-CEU training counts toward certificate renewal. Training programs and/or conferences sponsored by either an authorized provider of the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and/or Michigan Virtual University (MVU) may be eligible for SB-CEU via a collaborative agreement between MDE and IACET and MVU, respectively.
Non-traditional activities eligible to receive SCECH credits
In addition to traditional workshops, seminars, training, and conferences, the State Board of Education, has approved non-traditional professional development activities, which are also eligible to receive SCECH credits. These SCECH activities are as follows:
- Serving as a Mentor Principal/Administrator
- Serving as a Mentor Teacher/Psychologist/Counselor
- Serving as a Supervising Teacher/Psychologist/Counselor
- Serving on a School, School District or County Committee
- Serving on a School or School District's PA 25 School Improvement Team
For a additional information, including requirements, eligibility and deadlines, please see the "Guidelines for Submission of Non-Traditional Professional Development Programs ."
For a listing of approved SCECH programs, please visit: