Background: English Language Learners (ELLs) are an important focus of the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education’s (ESE) Proficiency Gap Task Force. Closing the proficiency gap depends on teachers having the skills and knowledge necessary to instruct ELLs. Sheltered English Immersion (SEI) is an approach to teaching academic content in English to ELLs. Generally, but not always, ELLs are in the same classrooms as native English-speaking students. To better serve these students, all core academic teachers and those administrators who supervise and evaluate core academic teachers are required to obtain an SEI teacher or SEI administrator endorsement.

Who must hold the endorsement?

As of July 1, 2014, all educators applying for their first Initial license (see applicable licenses below) must hold the SEI endorsement.

  • Core Academic Teachers (early childhood, elementary, teachers of students with moderate and severe disabilities, English, reading, language arts, mathematics, science, civics and government, economics, history, and geography)
  • Academic Administrators (principal/assistant principal or supervisor/director only)

As of July 1, 2016, school districts must ensure that ELLs are assigned to core academic teachers who have obtained the SEI Endorsement, or are required to obtain the Endorsement within a year of the assignment.

You may qualify for the SEI Teacher endorsement through ONE of the following pathways:

  • Enroll in and successfully complete the ESE no-cost SEI Endorsement course, if eligible; OR
  • Enroll in and successfully complete a for-cost course sponsored by an ESE-approved vendor; OR
  • Complete a Massachusetts-approved educator preparation program for the applicable license; OR
  • Take and pass the SEI MTEL; OR
  • Hold an ESL/ELL license in Massachusetts; OR
  • Possess a Bachelor's degree in an ESE-approved major or ESE- approved graduate-level training. *If you believe that you may qualify for the Endorsement by virtue of having the appropriate degree or graduate level training, you may submit materials to the Office of Educator Licensure for review.

You may qualify for the SEI Administrator endorsement through ONE of the following pathways:

  • Possession of a Massachusetts SEI Teacher endorsement, or
  • Successful completion of a Department-approved course of study for administrators specific to SEI.

Is there anything else I need to do to earn the endorsement?

  • Yes. You must apply for the endorsement via the Educator Licensure And Renewal ((ELAR) system. Log into your ELAR account and apply for the endorsement following the same steps used to apply for your license.
  • ELAR: How Apply for the SEI Endorsement  pdf format of ELAR: How Apply for the SEI Endorsement
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SEI and its Impact on Licensure Renewal

If renewing a professional-level license that has an expiration date that falls on or after July 1, 2016, the following requirements apply to renewal of a primary license (even if you renew your license prior to this date):

Professional development activities shall be identified by the educator and supervisor during the development of, and review of, the Individual Professional Development Plan (IPDP)* in order to better support student achievement. Individual professional development plans must include at least 150 PDPs including:

  • At least 15 PDPs related to SEI or English as a Second Language.
  • At least 15 PDPs related to training in strategies for effective schooling for students with disabilities and instruction of students with diverse learning styles.
  • At least 90 PDPs in the content area of the license or in pedagogy, with no less than 60 PDPs in or related to the content area of the educator's primary license.

*As indicated in 603 CMR 44.04(1)(c), the same plan can be utilized to satisfy license renewal and educator evaluation.