Effective July 1, 2014, all candidates for a teaching license as a core academic teacher must receive a “Sheltered English Immersion (SEI) Endorsement” to receive an Initial (or Professional) teaching license from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. SEI is an approach to teaching which makes content material comprehensible and accessible to English Language Learners. Core academic teachers include Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education teachers of English, Reading/Language Arts, Mathematics, History, History/Government/Geography, the Sciences, and Special Education teachers. Undergraduate and PBTL licensure candidates take EDUC 222; M.Ed. candidates take TESL 910.
We encourage M.Ed. candidates who are currently working in public schools to take a DESE approved SEI course through your district, if one is available.
Licensure candidates are exempted from the SEI course requirement if they meet one of the following:
- Hold an undergraduate or graduate degree in ESL, Applied Linguistics, Language, Literacy and Culture, or a closely related field. (DESE will provide the SEI endorsement if experience qualifies.)
- Pass the SEI MTEL (available in spring 2014)
- Hold the ESL license
- Not seeking licensure in a core area (see list above)
- Already hold the SEI endorsement