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:

Attendance Deadline
Attendance Flow Chart for SPS Educators
Professional Learning Resources (MDE)
DPPD Questions and Answers 
MDE Guidance on Certification Renewal (MEMORANDUM)
MOECS Frequently Asked Questions
District Provided Professional Development (DPPD) Record for Certificate Renewal
Annual Reporting Forms 

Professional Development Resources & Web-Links

Michigan Online Educator Certification System (MOECS)
MOECS Helpdesk Support (MDE)
Professional Learning Resources 


Contact Alise Collier at 248-746-4338 or email 

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