SEI

Every licensed educator in Massachusetts has an obligation to engage in professional development related to English Language Learners (ELL). The following information will help each educator understand exactly what steps you need to take to ensure you are compliant with the requirements and regulations of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). Please read this full page to the very end.

Educators who renew their professional license beginning on August 1, 2016 and thereafter must have completed one of the two paths as identified below if you had an ELL placed in your classroom any time from 2013 until today:


Which educator am I?
An ELL student was placed in my classroom during the 2013-2014 school year to the present:
I have never had an ELL student placed in my classroom during the 2013-2014 school year to the present:
Core academic teachers:

Teachers of moderate disabilities; severe disabilities; English; reading or language arts; math; science; civics and government; economics; history; geography; early childhood and elementary teachers who teach such subjects; and administrators who supervise one of these teachers
You must complete the SEI course. The full course is 45-hours for teachers and 15 hours for administrators. DESE will offer a final year of no cost SEI courses duirng the 2016-2017 school year but only for those who were previously on a waiting list to take the course. Otherwise, you must seek a course for cost offered by several vendors

Some educators can take a "bridge course" depending on your past professional development with the former ELL "category" trainings. If you completed two of category 1, 2 or 4, you may take the long bridge course. If you completed all three of the category 1, 2 and 4 trainings, you make take the short bridge course.

Teachers and administrators may substitute the SEI course by taking the SEI MTEL but you will still need to complete 15 PDPs in ELL (and 15 PDPs in Special Education) when you renew your license.

Teachers who hold the ESL/ELL license do not need to take the SEI course


An additional pathway that has been noted on the DESE website:

"Transcript review
Educators who have previously completed graduate-level coursework that they believe may qualify them for the SEI Endorsement may request a transcript review from the Licensure Office.

To request a transcript review, an educator must apply for the endorsement and select path 2, which is a transcript review based on a related degree or graduate level training. Instructions for applying for the SEI Endorsement can be found at How to Apply for the SEI Endorsement in ELAR: A Step by Step Guide.

For questions about transcript reviews or other license-related topics, please contact the Office of Educator Licensure at 781-338-6600.

Further information regarding the RETELL initiative can be found at RETELL web site."
Of your 150 PDPs to relicense, you are required to complete 15 PDPs in ELL and 15 PDPs in Special Education when you renew your professional license beginning August 1, 2016 and later.

The DESE has posted PDP offerings for you to consider, and many other organizations will be offering workshops as well. TEC Collaborative has announced an online workshop for both ELL and Special Education.


At any time you have an ELL placed in your classroom, you will have one year to complete the SEI course.
All other educators holding a DESE license not listed above
You are not required to take the SEI course! However, you must earn PDPs* in ELL and Special Education.

Of your 150 PDPs to relicense, you are required to complete 15 PDPs in ELL and 15 PDPs in Special Education when you renew your professional license beginning August 1, 2016 and later.

The DESE has posted PDP offerings for you to consider, and many other organization will be offering workshops as well. TEC Collaborative has announced an online workshop for both ELL and Special Education.

Of your 150 PDPs* to relicense, you are required to complete 15 PDPs in ELL and 15 PDPs in Special Education when you renew your professional license beginning August 1, 2016 and later.

The DESE has posted PDP offerings for you to consider, and many other organization will be offering workshops as well. TEC Collaborative has announced an online workshop for both ELL and Special Education.


If you have completed the SEI course, your must apply for the SEI endorsement through your ELAR account. You have met your obligation if your license lists you as "SEI Endorsed." Consult the DESE document "How to Apply for the SEI Endorsement in ELAR: A Step by Step Guide".

Please do not trust fate - go to your ELAR account and make sure your license lists you as endorsed. If your endorsement is not listed, call the DESE at 781-338-6600 Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm.

The SEI information can be complicated but every educator must be aware of your obligation to comply prior to August 1, 2016 or the date you will be renewing your professional license. Additional items to note:
  • *Educators who hold an initial license are similarly accountable except for the PDP requirements. As an initial license holder, you are not concerned about PDPs until you earn the professional license. See Needham's web page describing the different license types.
  • Teachers who hold a preliminary license must complete the SEI course as they complete their required teacher preparation program.
  • For more information, please visit the DESE RETELL Web Page who are the authorities on the SEI requirements.
  • If you are not sure about an ELL student in your classroom, please email Josephine Antonellis, District Data Manager.
  • If you have any questions about your license, you can call DESE, Tom Campbell or Sue Patch.
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