There have been many questions about the Rethinking Equity and Teaching for English Language Learners initiative and Sheltered English Immersion Endorsement courses since the launch of the initiative in 2012. To assist MTA members, we have created a series of Q&A’s and advisories to explain the requirements for Massachusetts teachers and districts.
If you haven’t registered or been waitlisted for a Spring RETELL course, here are other routes to the SEI Endorsement.*
SEI Endorsement for Teachers
SEI Endorsement for Administrators
- Complete approved For-Cost SEI Endorsement for Teachers course.
- Includes full-length, short-bridge and long-bridge courses
- Hold an English as a Second Language License.
- Passing score on Sheltered English Immersion MTEL.
- DESE review and approval of prior related coursework.
- Embedded in approved educator preparation program for Initial Licenses.
- Hold SEI Endorsement for Teachers.
- Complete approved SEI Endorsement for Administrators course.
All educators must apply for the SEI Endorsement within their ELAR account.
*Spring registration closed on Jan. 15, 2016.
Questions: Please contact Beth Shevlin at firstname.lastname@example.org, Gary Gilardi at email@example.com or the RETELL team at the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Frequently Asked Questions
We’ve compiled answers to frequently asked questions related to RETELL and endorsement courses.
RETELL Requirements and Routes to SEI Endorsement
This chart outlines requirements based on employment and licensure and routes to SEI endorsement. Download the graphic.
MTA RETELL Advisories
The MTA has issued regular advisories to keep educators up to date on the RETELL initiative and SEI Endorsement courses. The most recent advisories appear first. A complete list of advisories, dating back to 2012, is available here.
13: Spring 2016 Course Registration, Dec, 2015
12: Fall 2015 Course Registration, July, 2015
11: SEI Endorsement, December, 2014
10: Course Readings, May, 2014
9: Sheltered English Immersion MTEL, April, 2014
8: Licensure Impacts and the SEI Endorsement, February, 2014
Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's RETELL section.
The regulations are posted here, along with background information as well as frequently asked questions.
DESE Memorandum Regarding SEI Endorsement Requirements Post, July 10, 2015
DESE Letter to Educators Cohorts 2-3 RETELL, June 8 2015
DESE Letter to Superintendents of Cohort 1 RETELL Districts, June 5, 2015
DESE Letter to Educators RETELL, April 7, 2015
DESE District Cohort Chart
DESE SEI Course Hardship Exception Form
RETELL Implementation Guide for 2014-2015, January 31, 2014
Updates on enrollment targets, SEI Endorsement options and course registration for Cohort 1, 2 and 3 districts.
MTA Cover Memo on Proposed Regulations and comments submitted by the MTA on proposed regulations, 603 CMR 7.00, 603 CMR 14.00, and 603 CMR 44.00, April 20, 2012
MTA Policy to Practice Brief: Language Acquisition Staff Development
DESE RETELL Update
Update includes information on instructor requirement, pilot of SEI Endorsement Course, etc, April 2, 2013
Needs Assessment Report: Sheltered English Immersion (SEI) Category Trainings
Report commissioned by DESE
English Language Learners: Educator Preparation and Training/Professional Development Required for Sheltered English Immersion
Memo from DESE Commissioner Mitchell Chester on the RETELL Initiative, May, 2012