Fall 2015 Course Registration
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Fall 2015 SEI Endorsement Course Registration
This is the final year that no-cost SEI Endorsement courses will be offered by the DESE.
The site will not go live until then.
All educators eligible for a no-cost SEI Endorsement course are advised to register for a fall course or add their names to a waiting list promptly after registration opens.
Adding your name to the waiting list provides an authentic count of how many educators still need to take the course. The registration system will have additional details about the waiting list.
Link to the registration site: http://www.doe.mass.edu/retell/
Enrollment in SEI Endorsement courses will be on a first-come, first-served basis.
Before you enroll:
If you are enrolled in a course that does not have an assigned instructor (i.e., "Facilitator TBD") and that course (or any other course) is ultimately canceled, you should attempt to register for another course or place yourself on a waiting list.
If you are unable to find an open seat in a fall 2015 course and place yourself on a course waiting list but you are not accommodated in that course, you will have an opportunity to find a course in spring 2016. Those on fall 2015 waiting lists will have priority in registering for spring 2016 courses.
Who Must Obtain the SEI Endorsement?
Educators required to obtain the SEI Endorsement include:
Core Academic Teachers:
Pending Initial License:
If you have a pending Initial License application and you are missing ONLY the SEI Endorsement, you may apply for a Commissioner's Determination to extend the validity period of your Preliminary License. Click here for the Commissioner's Determination Guidelines and Application.
|What Happens If I Do Not Enroll or Earn the SEI Endorsement?|
If you are eligible and do not enroll in a course during the 2015-2016 school year, you will forfeit your no-cost opportunity to earn the SEI Endorsement.
If you are eligible to enroll in a course and do not enroll before Jan. 2, 2016, the department will assign you to the 2015-16 cohort year. If you do not earn the endorsement by other means before Aug. 31, 2016, you will not be eligible to renew, advance or extend your core academic license(s) until you earn the SEI Endorsement. The lack of an endorsement may affect your employability.
Who is Not Eligible to Enroll in a No-Cost SEI Endorsement Course?
You are not eligible to enroll in a no-cost SEI Endorsement course if you:
Other Routes to the SEI Endorsement
For-cost SEI Endorsement courses can be found at
You must still apply for the SEI Teacher Endorsement through ELAR. For application instructions see How to apply for the SEI Endorsement.If you believe you may qualify for the endorsement, you may submit materials to the Office of Educator Licensure for a no-cost transcript review (see link to instructions, above)
All educators who qualify for the SEI Endorsement must apply for the Endorsement via ELAR no matter which route they follow. Applying is free and only takes a minute. Complete your SEI Endorsement application online by logging in athttps://gateway.edu.state.ma.us/elar/.
|If you are unable to participate in or complete the SEI Endorsement course, you may apply for a hardship exception. You must be able to demonstrate hardship consisting of "serious illness or injury, or other circumstances that are beyond your control." Click here for the hardship application. Because this is the final year of the no-cost training, however, the DESE will not be able to provide you with a no-cost opportunity to take the course if you are granted a hardship exception.|
|What Happens after July 1, 2016, for All Educators? New PDP Requirements|
PROFESSIONAL LICENSE RENEWAL for ALL EDUCATORS:
If your professional license renewal date is on or after July 1, 2016, the following PDP requirements will be in effect, even if you choose to renew before your renewal date.
150 Total PDPs
Minimum 60 PDPs in content
Maximum 30 PDPs in pedagogy or content
Minimum 15 PDPs in ESL/SEI
Minimum 15 PDPs in SPED
Maximum 30 Elective PDPs
PDPs earned from the DESE SEI Endorsement courses or trainings:
1. May be counted as "content," SEI or elective PDPs.
2. May roll over into the next license renewal cycle if you already hold the 150 PDPS outlined above.
The SEI MTEL does not count for PDPs.
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Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Thursday, July 9, 2015
Act now! The U.S. Senate is voting this week on a new federal education law to replace No Child Left Behind. The bill before the Senate would end federally mandated high stakes for schools and teachers. That's progress, but the proposal maintains annual testing in grades three through eight. The MTA supports Montana Senator Jon Tester's amendment, which would require testing in just one grade each in elementary, middle and high school. Click here to send a letter to Massachusetts Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward Markey urging them to support the Tester amendment and other provisions that would reduce testing in our public schools.
Draft regulations were released for public comment in April. The MTA, along with 31 other groups and individuals, provided public comment and suggestions. In particular, the MTA and others strongly opposed the expansion of the availability of the endorsement to elementary and core academic subject teachers. The MTA also proposed language clarifying that the endorsement is not a requirement for those who work with autistic children.
However, the final regulations proposed by the DESE and distributed the day before the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education meeting did not incorporate any of the MTA’s extensive comments. Only two minor changes proposed by other groups were included.
On June 23, the BESE was scheduled to vote on the regulations. MTA Vice President Janet Anderson presented public comment at the meeting, and BESE member Ed Doherty offered a motion that would have added the MTA’s proposals to the final regulations.
After some discussion, the vote on the proposed regulations was tabled until September and Ed Doherty requested that the commissioner meet with MTA representatives to discuss the proposals.
The MTA looks forward to having another opportunity to revise these regulations.