DESE Educator Licensure
Our state’s top priority in K-12 education is to improve outcomes for all students and ensure that all public high school students graduate college and career ready. ELLs are the state’s fastest growing group of students, and, as a group, experience the largest proficiency gap when compared to their native English speaking peers. In order to strengthen instruction and better support the academic achievement of ELLs, the state Board of Elementary and Secondary adopted new regulations in June 2012. These new regulations, which include a requirement that all incumbent core academic teachers of ELLs earn a Sheltered English Immersion (SEI) Teacher Endorsement by July 1, 2016, are at the centerpiece of the Department’s Rethinking Equity and Teaching for English Language Learners (RETELL) initiative to transform the teaching and learning of ELLs across the Commonwealth. (DESE, http://www.doe.mass.edu/retell/, p.1)
RETELL for Teachers

SEI Endorsement Course Information

Nature of the Courses: There are three different SEI Teacher Endorsement Courses. In order to determine which SEI Teacher Endorsement Course you should take, you need to review your record of Category Trainings. If you have completed:

  1. No Category Trainings or only one Category Training, you must complete the full-length SEI Teacher Endorsement Course.
  2. Category Trainings 1, 2 and 4, you must complete the shorter Bridge SEI Teacher Endorsement Course.
  3. Any two of the three Category Trainings from 1, 2 and 4, you must complete the longer Bridge SEI Teacher Endorsement Course.

All three courses are based upon the most current research on effective educational practices. In the courses, strategies are modeled; participants have the opportunity to practice the modeled strategies, and then to reflect on those experiences and to receive feedback. Course participants are expected to practice strategies in the intervals between a number of the course sessions. These are graduate-level courses requiring homework between each session.

  • The full-length SEI Teacher Endorsement Course is a “blended learning” course involving 45 hours of face-to-face and on-line class time plus homework. There will be twelve face-to-face class sessions; the online class time, which can be completed at a time that is convenient to the participant, adds up to the equivalent of four additional class sessions. The course will be offered in fall, in the spring, and also over the course of the entire school year.
  • Teachers who have successfully completed Category trainings 1, 2 and 4 have already received a great deal of SEI training and are eligible to earn the SEI Endorsement through a short Bridge SEI Teacher Endorsement Course. The short Bridge Course involves 10.5 hours of class time plus homework and will be taught entirely face-to-face over four class sessions.
  • Teachers who have successfully completed two of the three Category trainings from 1, 2 and 4 are eligible to earn the SEI Endorsement through a longer Bridge Teacher Endorsement Course. The longer Bridge SEI Teacher Endorsement Course will be delivered via eight face-to-face sessions totaling 24 hours of class time plus homework.
Educators who neither successfully complete the SEI Teacher Endorsement Course as part of their assigned cohort, nor qualify for the SEI Teacher Endorsement by completing one of the other approved routes during their cohort year, will not be able to advance, renew, or extend their license until they obtain the SEI Teacher Endorsement.
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