FAQs Concerning SEI Endorsement
Can BU students take the SEI course at another institution?
No, the SEI course must be taken within the approved program. It cannot be taken outside of the approved program and transferred in. At this point in time, a student cannot take it at another college even if it is a DESE approved SEI course and is part of an approved program at the other school.
Can a pre-service candidate who has taken a MA DESE approved course at another college or university as part of an approved licensure program and later transferred into BU then use that course for an SEI endorsement as a part of a BU program?
If a student had been enrolled in an MA DESE approved program elsewhere and has transferred into a BU approved program, that course can be applied to the BU program and be used to fulfill the SEI endorsement requirement with documentation from the first college stating that: 1) the student had been enrolled in an approved program; 2) the SEI course had received DESE approval; and, 3) that no other courses, seminars, or modules were required to obtain the SEI endorsement from that institution.
The documentation specified above must be placed in the student’s permanent file.
Will DESE develop a listing of SEI courses approved at other IHEs?
DESE will not develop a list at this point in time.
Can the SEI Endorsement course be taken out-of-state?
No, the course must be from a MA college and taken within an approved program. Out-of-state colleges may have some similar requirement but would not fulfill MA’s SEI endorsement requirements.
Can we accept an out-of-state course if a transfer student had taken it as part of their approved program?
No, no out-of-state course can be considered to be compliant with the MA requirements.
Our pre-service preparation program’s SEI course meets the DESE standards. Can educators currently employed as in-service teachers take the BU SEI course to meet requirements for SEI/RETELL endorsement?
No. The course(s) submitted by organizations as part of their approved programs are approved only when taken as a part of an initial pre-service licensure preparation program. Pre-service requirements differ from in-service requirements, specifically in terms of the field-based component of the courses.
Can a student whose program requires the SEI course be allowed to graduate without having completed the SEI course and still receive the licensure endorsement?
No. A student can graduate, but, without licensure and without the SEI endorsement. If the student completes the SEI requirement after graduation, the licensure endorsement and SEI endorsement must be withheld until the SEI course is completed.