Professional Development

SPS Professional Development

Welcome to the Southfield Public Schools Certified Staff Professional Development web-page. With all of the recent changes made to teacher/administrator certification requirements, by the Michigan Department of Education, we hope you will find this page to be a valuable resource for information related to district and state-wide professional development opportunities, legislative developments and certification updates.

District Provided Professional Development (DPPD)

In May 2012, the State of Michigan Legislature made changes to state education certification requirements and criteria. The district must ensure that PD activities being applied for certificate renewal match the requirements under Michigan Compiled Law Section 380.1526 and 1527. This change in law now affords educators with the opportunity to utilize District Provided Professional Development (DPPD) hours, for use in teacher re-certification. By and large the activities SPS certified educators and administrators have been pursuing, meet these guidelines. In order to learn more about DPPD and how such professional development can and cannot be used for certificate renewal, please access the links below:


SPS Professional Learning Calendar 

District Provided Professional Development (DPPD) Questions & Answers

District Provided Professional Development (DPPD) Instructions

Professional Development for NEW Teachers

Professional Development for ALL Teachers

Professional Development and Mentoring Legislation


Professional Development Resources & Web-Links

Professional Learning Resources

MDE Guidance on Certification Renewal (MEMORANDUM)

Certification Guidance

State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECHs)


School Administrator Certificate Renewal


Michigan Online Educator Certification System (MOECS)

Michigan Online Educator Certification System (MOECS)
MOECS Helpdesk Support (MDE)

MOECS Frequently Asked Questions

Logging DPPD into MOECS


Contact Alise Collier-Vaughn at 248-746-4338 or email 

Certification questions?
Contact the Human Resources Department at 248-746-8500.