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MTA SEI Endorsement and RETELL Advisory No. 8

Licensure Impacts of the SEI Endorsement

For core academic teachers, the SEI Endorsement requirement may impact an educator's ability to extend, advance or renew a teaching license.

When do teachers need to have the SEI Endorsement?

Core academic teachers who voluntarily enroll in a SEI Endorsement course are designated to a cohort year. Core academic teachers who have one or more ELLs at any time during the district cohort years and who have not yet enrolled in a course will be assigned to the final year by DESE. Additional information on assignment to cohort years will be available in late spring 2014.

Once a teacher is designated to a cohort year, he or she will have a period of time to earn the endorsement before the teacher is required to have the SEI Endorsement to extend, advance or renew a license. During the cohort training years, educators will have until August 31 of the calender year. After July 1, 2016, educators will have one year from the date of assignment as a core academic teacher with ELLs to obtain the SEI Endorsement.

Retell Advisory 8 Chart 1

All stages of educators licenses are impacted by the regulations. The chart below provides an overview for all three license stages. Scroll down for more detailed information and timelines for each license stage.

Retell Advisory Chart 2

For more information on the identification of core academic teachers and requirements for administrators, please visit the MTA RETELL toolkit.

Professional Licenses & SEI Endorsement

Do I need a SEI Endorsement to renew a Professional license by July 17, 2014? Probably not.

Only core academic teachers who enrolled in a SEI Endorsement course in the spring or summer of 2013 will be required to hold the SEI Endorsement to renew a Professional license before August 31, 2014.

Educators who hold a Professional license that expires on June 17, 2014 can renew their license online via ELAR as soon as they have met all the requirements.

As a reminder, completion of a DESE SEI Endorsement course may be counted as content-area PDPs for all license fields. Educators who completed a SEI Endorsement course and already met the PDP requirements for the current renewal cycle may "carry over" the PDPs from a SEI Endorsement course to the next renewal cycle.

If you need additional information on license renewal, please visit the MTA page on license renewal resources and the DESE Professional License Renewal FAQ.

There are no additional changes anticipated for renewing a Professional license before July 1, 2016.

What will be required to renew a Professional license after July 1, 2016?

All teachers who are renewing a Professional license after July 1, 2016 will be subject to a the following set of PDP requirements:

  • 60 PDPs - Content of the license
  • 30 PDPs - Content or Pedagogy
  • 15 PDPs - Special Education/Diverse Learning Styles
  • 15 PDPs - Sheltered English Immersion/ESL
  • 30 PDPS - Elective

Teachers who do not already hold the SEI Endorsement will have a one year after the assignment of an ELL to obtain the SEI Endorsement before it becomes required to take a license action.

Initial Licenses & SEI Endorsement

The SEI Endorsement will become a required component of an Initial license for all core academic teachers and administrators after July 1, 2014. Educators who are working towards a first Initial should consider applying in ELAR for the license before June 30, 2014.

Initial License Applications Before June 30, 2014

Educators who are seeking their first Initial license as a core academic teacher or administrator may complete the license application, including fees, even if they have not completed all the requirements before June 30, 2014. Educators who apply before this deadline will not be required to have the SEI Endorsement to obtain the Initial license.

Initial License Applications After July 1, 2014

Core academic teachers and administrators who apply for an Initial license after July 1, 2014 will be required to hold the SEI Endorsement in order to be granted the license.

Educator preparation programs may already embed the SEI Endorsement requirements within approved programs. Educators may also qualify for the SEI Endorsement by earning an ESL license, obtaining a passing score on the SEI MTEL exam, holding an appropriate degree or completing an approved course.

Preliminary Licenses & SEI Endorsement

The SEI Endorsement is not required to obtain a Preliminary or Temporary license. However, after July 1, 2014 the SEI Endorsement is required for all core academic teachers to advance a Preliminary license to an Initial license.

SEI MTEL Exam & ESL License

The SEI MTEL is expected to be available in June 2014. A passing score on the SEI MTEL exam will qualify teachers for the SEI Endorsement with no additional coursework required.

Teachers who hold or add an ESL license will also qualify for the SEI Endorsement. To add an ESL license, teachers must have a passing score on the ESL MTEL and complete a 150 hour practicum in the role of an ESL teacher.

More information on both exams can be found here.

How do I get my SEI Endorsement?

To apply for the SEI Endorsement all educators, must apply for the endorsement via the ELAR system.

Educators who have successfully completed an SEI Endorsement course, obtained a passing score on the SEI MTEL exam or hold an ESL/ELL license will be automatically granted the SEI Endorsement upon completion of the application. Educators may also request a review of previous coursework or degrees to determine if they qualify for the SEI Endorsement.

Step by step instructions on how to apply for the SEI Endorsement via ELAR can be found here.

Hardship Extensions

Teachers may request an extension of time to earn the SEI Endorsement by applying for a hardship extension through DESE. If approved, a hardship extension will not waive the requirement to earn the SEI Endorsement, but it will extend the training period to complete the requirements before there is an impact on the educator's license.

The Hardship Extension form may be found here.