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.

Hot Topics

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

REGISTRATION IS OPEN!     View Summer 2018 Flyer

Hot Topics for Educators 2018 Course Schedule:

  • All courses are one academic credit or 25 SCECHs unless otherwise noted.
  • Click on course title for more information.
  • Register for SCECHs right from this site. Go to to register for academic courses in MyBanner.
  • Payment is due upon enrollment.

Classes at the Meijer Campus in Holland (face to face):

June 25 & 26 - Refueled Educators for Empowered Students by Christy Price - View syllabus

June 27 & 28 - Perspectives in Writing by Nancy McSkimming - View syllabus

June 25 - 29 - Make It Take It - Creating Meaningful Centers While Allowing Teachers to Work with Small Groups: Grades K-5 (3 credits/75 SCECHs) by Carmen Tawney - View Syllabus

June 25 - 29 - Mastering Google Classroom (3 credits/75 SCECHs) by Tim Dimmick - View syllabus

July 11 & 12 - Engage Students by Using Learning Styles and Differentiation (Grades 1-12) by Wendy Colsen - View syllabus

July 16 & 17 - Reading Rockstars: Take Your Readers to the Next Level Using Notice & Note Strategies by Meagen Russ - View syllabus

July 30 & 31 - Out of the Box Strategies for Your Out of the Box Thinkers and All Learners in Your Classroom by Meagen Russ - View syllabus

July 30 & 31 - Best Practices in Elementary Literacy Instruction by Crystal Morse - View syllabus

August 1 & 2 - Creating a Trauma Informed Classroom by Crystal Morse - View syllabus

Online courses:

June 25 - August 3 - Super-Sized Google Tools (3 credits/75 SCECHs) by Tim Dimmick - View syllabus

June 25 - August 3 - H.O.T.T. - Hottest Online Technology Tools for the Classroom (3 credits/75 SCECHs) by Tim DImmick - View syllabus

July 16 - 27 - Determining the Function of the Behavior by Kelly Vigants - View syllabus

General Hot Topics for Educators Series Information: 

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
  • Online registration at MyBanner

SCECHs Registration & Enrollment:

  • To participate, you must have already earned a bachelor degree
  • Click on a course title above to be taken to our SCECH registration system and complete the enrollment process
  • Enroll in the class and complete the registration process. Payment is due upon enrollment.

2018 Locations:

  • Holland (map)
  • Online

SCECH Course and Graduate Tuition Costs:

  • SCECH courses' costs are as follows: 25 SCECHs: $169, 50 SCECHs: $339 and 75 SCECHs: $499.
  • Graduate Tuition rate effective for 2017-2018 academic year is $652 per credit hour. There is also an additional online course fee of $25 per credit hour for those courses offered solely online. 
  • All payments for Hot Topics courses are due upon enrollment.

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

Refund Policy

  • For SCECHs - Refunds will be given for course cancellations through the first day of class.
  • For academic courses, the University policies prevail. You may check the refund dates for a typical class here, but it's best to contact the Registrar's office at (616) 331-3327 with specific dates for your class.


State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECHs)

We assist teachers, administrators, school psychologists and school counselors in meeting their professional development needs.The GVSU processing fee for SCECHs is $10/participant. We offer the following services:

  • State approval of SCECH hours
  • sign-in/out systems for participants
  • registration processes
  • upload eligible participants to the Michigan Online Educator Certificate System (MOECS)
  • maintain course records for MDOE audit

For a list of courses offered for SCECHs, go to, click on SCECH 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

Page last modified June 20, 2018