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Sheltered English Immersion Endorsement Course

UMass Dartmouth is approved by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) to offer the Sheltered English Immersion (SEI) - Teacher course. This 3-credit graduate-level course is open to all educators. 
EDU 552 Sheltered English Immersion introduces and assesses the Sheltered English Immersion (SEI) Standards required for by the SEI Endorsement for teacher licensure in Massachusetts.

The course provides prospective teachers with theoretical, cultural, political, linguistic, and instructional tools to promote the academic and language development of English language learners.

Topics include federal and state laws/regulations related to English Language Learner (ELL) students:

  • cultural considerations in the classroom
  • student and family diversity
  • theories about second language acquisition
  • basic structures and functions of language
  • SEI program principles and typologies
  • oral and written academic language development
  • instructional practices for different levels of learners across the content areas
  • differentiating for learning needs
  • collaboration with other professionals, families, and communities

Students complete a pre-practicum experience in an ELL classroom; 20 DESE mandated, pre-practicum hours are required for this course. Observation sites will be arranged by the university with discussion prompts provided by the course instructor.

Course requirements

  • Participants must attend all face-to-face course sessions (including any make-up dates).
  • Participants will demonstrate strategies with English language learners in a classroom context through a field-based experience. In-service teachers may complete the required hours in their current schools. 

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