Vocational technical teachers, administrators required to obtain SEI endorsement

Updated on October 22, 2018

Vocational technical teachers and administrators have been added to the list of educators required to obtain the Sheltered English Immersion Endorsement under new regulations adopted by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education on June 26. The state plans to make approximately 44 no-cost courses available to these educators in the spring and fall of 2019.

Under the regulations, vocational technical educators who had English learners during the 2017-2018 school year, and those administrators who supervise or evaluate them, will be required to obtain the SEI Endorsement by July 1, 2021. Members of the cohort who fail to earn the endorsement by then will not be eligible to advance or renew their license until they earn the endorsement. Upon showing a hardship, however, the department will grant an extension beyond July 1, 2021. Hardship shall consist of serious illness or injury, or other circumstances that are beyond the educator’s control.

Beginning in August 2018, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education e-mailed vocational technical educators and administrators who had English Learners during 2017-18 that they were eligible for a no-cost course. 

During the week of Oct. 22, the department will be notifying all educators assigned to the cohort by certified letter.

Registration for 2019 no-cost courses will open on Nov. 19. Spring 2019 no-cost course registration will close on Jan. 14, with courses beginning on Feb. 4.

Fall 2019 course registration will close on Sept. 9, with courses beginning on Sept. 30.

Any additional seats will be filled by career vocational technical educators who are not in the cohort and therefore not required at present to earn the endorsement. Registration will be on a first come, first served basis.  

More Info from BESEMTA BLOG on SEI for Voc Tech Educators