Professional Development Partnerships at Grand Valley provides continuing education for educators throughout Michigan. We can:

  • Create partnerships with schools and agencies
  • Award university credit for training workshops
  • Provide State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECHs) for professional development workshops

Some of the services provided include helping you:

  • Earn Grand Valley graduate academic credit for workshops and seminars you are already taking through your districts or local agencies
  • Earn SCECHs
  • Offer Hot Topics for Educators, a series specifically designed to bring current topics in education to the classroom
  • Answer, or provide a referral, questions about teacher certification in Michigan

Contact the Professional Development Partnerships office for more information at (616) 331-6522.

School Districts/Agencies

Download a 2015-2016 PDP Proposal and Approval form now

Hot Topics

Courses and workshops for educators to earn graduate academic credit or State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECHs).

Hot Topics for Educators classes are only offered in the Summer session. Please check back for more details in 2016!

Academic Registration & Enrollment:

  • To participate, you must have already earned a bachelor degree
  • Not a graduate student? Complete a non-degree seeking application and fax to Records office at (616) 331-2000
  • Currently a graduate student? Consult your advisor to see if the Hot Topics course will apply to your program
  • Call or visit the Grand Valley campus or center near you in Holland, Muskegon, or Traverse City
  • Online registration at MyBanner

SCECHs Registration & Enrollment:

  • To participate, you must have already earned a bachelor degree
  • Click on the course title to be taken to our SCECH registration system and complete the enrollment process
  • Choose the class in which you want to register and complete the registration process and make payment or choose billing. Payments must be made at least two weeks prior to course begin date. Invoices/Receipts will be emailed to you.


  • Holland
  • Traverse City
  • Online

SCECH Course and GraduateTuition Costs:

  • SCECH courses' costs are as follows: 25 SCECHs: $159, 50 SCECHs: $319 and 75 SCECHs: $479
  • Graduate Tuition rates effective for 2015-2016 academic year is $603 per credit hour for Michigan residents

GVSU Network Account Information:

  • Your Network Account provides access to all GVSU computer labs, GVSU student email and Blackboard
  • If you do not know your network account name, log into MyBanner with your student ID and pin. Click on Personal Information, then GVSU Network Account Password Reset. Your network login will be shown and you will have a chance to reset your password if you have forgotten it
  • If you are taking an online class for SCECHs, you will be sent a username and password from our office to use for your account access to Blackboard. This will be different from any GVSU student network IDs


State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECHs)

We assist teachers, administrators, school psychologists and school counselors in meeting their professional development needs.The GVSU fee for SCECHs is $15. We offer the following services:

  • sign-in/out systems for participants
  • registration processes
  • upload eligible participants to the secure Central Registry
  • maintain course records for MDOE audit

For a list of courses offered for SCECHs, go to, click on catalog, select Grand Valley State University as sponsor and search. 

The Michigan Department of Education has authorized an academic credit conversion.   If a course is being offered for academic credit it can be converted to SCECHs using the following chart:

  • 1 academic credit = 25 SCECHs
  • 2 academic credit = 50 SCECHs
  • 3 academic credit = 75 SCECHs