Kendall Approved for Continuing Ed Clock Hours
Starting in Summer 2013, Michigan teachers have a new option for continuing education credits: Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University.
As an official sponsor of Michigan’s State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECH), the college’s continuing education program can now offer qualifying professional development classes to any certified K-12 educator, regardless of their field. Previously, Kendall’s professional development courses were offered only through Ferris State University, but approving Kendall as an independent sponsor simplified the process of proposing courses. “We are very excited to be able to offer more professional development for educators,” says Brenda Sipe, Director of Continuing Studies at Kendall. “Our status as a sponsor makes it easier for us to offer quality courses.”
Three Kendall classes have already been approved by the State, including oil pastel drawing from life, teaching design in the high school art room, and painting with oils. A fourth course on ceramics has been proposed to the Department of Education and is currently in the approval process.
While teachers can choose from many courses offered throughout the state, Sipe expects Kendall’s offerings to appeal to many educators, especially in districts where art teachers have been eliminated by budget cuts. “There is a real need for it, and not just for art teachers,” she says. “Many classroom teachers are being asked to take on subjects like art that they don’t have certification for.” From elementary school to art, shop, “or any area where people have to do creative thinking,” Sipe says all teachers are welcome to attend.
Currently, K-12 educators in Michigan are required to earn 500 clock hours of professional development every three years, with one clock hour equal to one hour of instructional time. According to State administrative rules set in May 2012, these clock hours replace what was once known as State Board Continuing Education Units (SB-CEUs), though any SB-CEUs already earned are still valid for the renewal period of a teacher’s certificate.