Q: Which administrators are required to get an SEI Administrator Endorsement?
A: All school administrators (principals, assistant principals, and supervisors or directors) who supervise or evaluate Core Academic teachers of English Language Learners are required to earn the SEI Administrator Endorsement by July 2016.
Q: What happens if I fail to receive an SEI Administrator Endorsement?
A: You will not be able to advance, renew, or extend your principal/assistant principal, supervisor/director license(s) until you earn the Endorsement. This may affect your employability.
Q: I have an SEI Teacher Endorsement, and I supervise and evaluate Core Academic Teachers. Should I get an SEI Administrator Endorsement?
A: Yes. If you are an administrator and you hold the SEI Teacher Endorsement, you are eligible to apply for the SEI Administrator Endorsement.
Q: How do I know if I am a supervisor of “Core Academic Teachers” for purposes of the SEI Endorsement requirement?
A: Core Academic Teachers for the purposes of SEI instruction include those who teach:
- Civics and Government
- Early Childhood
- History and Geography
- Language Arts
- Special Education– Moderate Disabilities & Severe Disabilities
Q: Who is NOT a “Core Academic Teacher” for purposes of SEI Administrator Endorsement?
A: If you ONLY supervise or evaluate one or more of the following, you do NOT need an SEI Administrator Endorsement:
- Non-core subject teachers (art, music, computer science, foreign language, physical education, theater, business, etc.)
- Speech-language pathologists
- Guidance Counselors
- Substitute Teachers
- Tutors School librarians
- School nurses
- Pre-service teachers
- Retired educators and unemployed educators
Q: What is the most common path to the SEI Administrator Endorsement?
A: The most common path is to take an Administrator’s SEI Endorsement Course.
Q: How do I know if I am eligible to take the Administrator’s SEI Endorsement Course?
A: To be eligible to participate in an Administrator’s SEI Endorsement Course, an educator is required to currently work as an administrator/supervisor of Core Academic teachers.
Q: Is there an ELAR fee for applying for an SEI Administrator Endorsement?
A: No fee is required for the SEI Administrator Endorsement by ELAR between 7/1/2012 and 8/31/2016.
Q: Will I need to renew the SEI Administrator Endorsement?
A: No. Once you obtain the SEI Administrator Endorsement, you do not need to renew it.
Q: How do I apply for a Hardship Exception?
A: If you are unable to participate in or complete the SEI Endorsement course, you may apply to the Department for a Hardship Exception to the requirement that you earn the SEI Endorsement by August 31, 2016. In order to qualify for this exception, you must submit supporting documentation to demonstrate hardship consisting of “serious illness or injury or other circumstances that are beyond the control of the educator and impede the educator’s ability to complete the requirements for an SEI Endorsement.” If the application is granted you will be given additional time to obtain the SEI Endorsement.
Q: What should I do once I get an SEI Endorsement?
A: Please notify the Office of Human Resources via Talent Ed when you receive your SEI Endorsement(s) (click on “Blank Docs” and choose “DESE License: Update/Add New”).
Q: I have more questions about SEI Endorsement. Where can I get more information?
A: If you have questions about the SEI Endorsement as it relates to your license please contact the Office of Educator Licensure Call Center at 781-338-6600. The call center is available Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Q: What is the FPS policy regarding SEI Endorsement?
A: Please note that any administrator who evaluates a Core Content teacher must have an SEI Endorsement. For purposes of SEI, the term "Core Academic Teachers" includes early childhood and elementary teachers, teachers of students with moderate disabilities, teachers of students with severe disabilities, and teachers of the following academic subjects: English, Reading and Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Civics and Government, Economics, History, and Geography. Teachers of English As a Second Language must also obtain an SEI Endorsement. All non-PTS employees will have until June 15, 2018, to obtain an SEI Endorsement (if one is needed for their content area), or their reappointment will be held and need to be repeated for the 2018-2019 school year. For instance, if a non-PTS educator is in his/her second year of non-PTS and fails to obtain an SEI Endorsement (should one be needed for the content area) by June 15, 2018, the non-PTS educator will remain a non-PTS employee in his/her second year for the 2018-2019 school year. All PTS staff whose content area requires an SEI Endorsement will have until June 15, 2020, to obtain an SEI Endorsement. Failure to do so may affect one's employment status with the Framingham Public Schools.