Spring RETELL Courses: Registration Open Until November 15
Here is how to survey open courses and enroll:
At the registration site, click on the “Lists of SEI Endorsement courses with open seats” to look for open courses that are geographically accessible and that fit your schedule.
If you find a class that works, go to http://www.doe.mass.edu/pd/sei/?section=register to get the background information and undertake the pre-registration steps you will need to complete in order to register appropriately and successfully.
Fall SEI Endorsement Course Withdrawal
You can withdraw from a fall SEI Endorsement Course if one of the following applies to you:
- You NO longer have an ELL student in your class.
- Your assignment has changed. You are NO longer a core academic teacher.
- An administrator is NO longer supervising a core academic teacher with an ELL student.
- Your Hardship Exception has been approved by DESE. (NOTE: If the Hardship Exception is NOT approved, you WILL be assigned to the 2013-2014 cohort and you will NOT be able to renew, advance or extend your license if you do not earn the endorsement by August 31, 2014.)
Core Academic Teachers Working Under a Preliminary License
The SEI Endorsement requirement for core academic teachers who are working under a Preliminary License is that after July 1, 2014, it will not be possible to earn an Initial License without the SEI Endorsement. Here is how the rule affects teachers with Preliminary licenses.
- After July 1, 2014, all approved preparation programs leading to Initial licensure will be required to provide training leading to the SEI Endorsement and will be able to recommend candidates for the endorsement.
- If an incumbent core academic teacher on a Preliminary License successfully completes the Initial licensure program prior to July 1, 2014 without having earned the endorsement, he/she can apply for and receive an Initial License without an endorsement. He/she will then be treated like any other educator for whom the endorsement requirement applies.
Auditing SEI Endorsement Courses - ESL Teachers/Coaches
ESL teachers and instructional coaches are encouraged to audit SEI Endorsement courses so they can collaborate with and support colleagues in the implementation of SEI practices. DESE will soon be offering courses to help math and literacy instructional coaches support SEI through their work, as well as a teacher leadership course for ESL teachers. Auditing the SEI Endorsement course provides important background knowledge for these new course offerings. Under the Recertification Guidelines for Massachusetts Educators, auditors can claim 7.5 PDPs per semester hour for auditing a graduate-level course. Thus, instructional coaches and ESL teachers who audit the full-length SEI Endorsement course can claim up to 22.5 PDPs.
To audit a course, go to: http://www.cvent.com/events/retell-department-of-education/event-summary-4e8d089ed0f248b58e662ac10e243430.aspx and begin the registration process. The registration tool enables you to enroll as an auditor; simply select the appropriate responses when prompted to do so.