Effective July 1, 2014, all candidates for an Initial teaching license as a core academic teacher must receive a “Sheltered English Immersion (SEI) Endorsement” to receive an Initial 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 licensure candidates must take EDUC 222; PBTL candidates are required to take either EDUC 222 or TESL 910; M.Ed. Initial licensure candidates take TESL 910.
Licensure candidates and licensed teachers must apply for the SEI endorsement. This is separate from applying for a license.
We encourage M.Ed. candidates who are currently working in public schools to take a DESE approved SEI course through their own district, if one is available. Candidates seeking licensure via a Master of Education degree may be exempted from the SEI course requirement if they meet one of the following criteria:
- Pass the SEI MTEL (available in spring 2014)
- Earn the ESL license
- Not seeking licensure in a core area (see list above)
- Already hold the SEI endorsement