SEI MTEL Review Course [Online]

5 Lessons

Course Description

Every Massachusetts teacher of ELL students now needs to be endorsed in Sheltered English Instruction [SEI] to receive or reapply for a teaching license.

Passing the SEI MTEL is the fastest and easiest way of receiving this endorsement. This 100% online course is designed to prepare you to successfully pass the SEI MTEL and receive your endorsement.

Course Highlights

  • Unlimited access to all instructional lessons and content
  • Comprehensive, Targeted Lessons
  • Charts and examples of concepts
  • Continuous Updates: We are always working to improve our instructional materials
  • Personalized progress tracking and “Next Action” steps
  • Interactive Exercises
  • Downloadable PDF resource files
  • Pre-made Quizlet flashcards
  • 5-page lesson template
  • Sample Mentor Texts
  • Instructor Support

What Are The Requirements?

  • Computer/Mobile Phone
  • Internet Access
  • A deep desire to avoid the RETELL course

What am I going to get from this course?

  • You will be able to explain the laws that will be on the SEI MTEL
  • You will be able to explain the cultural contexts of ELL students and its impact on language development
  • You will be able to explain the stages of language development for ELL students
  • You will be able to identify WIDA levels for ELL students
  • You will be able to develop a vocabulary strategy for SEI
  • You will be able to develop reading strategies for SEI
  • You will be able to develop writing strategies for SEI
  • You will be able to use WIDA levels to develop an SEI lesson plan

Is this course for me?

Yep if you are a Massachusetts teacher who needs the SEI endorsement to obtain a license or to re-license.

Common Q/A

How is the course organized?

By test section (multiple choice then open response)

How many hours does it take to get through the material?

We recommend giving yourself about 3 weeks to prepare. This will include the time it takes to complete the course, design your lesson plan, review the material, and review the quizlet material as well.

 Can I use this course for PDPs?

Kind of…this course does not officially offer PDPs but educators in Massachusetts can use their own designed lesson plans as evidence of professional work. If you were to take the ideas discussed within the course and newly apply them to your course, with evidence, that might be one way to qualify for PDPs. Make sure you check out DESE’s guide to PDPS if you have any questions.

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    I am receiving an Error 404 when trying to sign up for this course…How do I fix this so I can start taking the course, as I take the test in 3 weeks…Thanks!

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  13. Karen

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  14. Sarah Smith

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  15. Michelle

    I found out today that I passed my SEI MTEL. Thank you for this course. I was wary of an online prep course, but after in-person classes I registered for kept getting cancelled due to under-enrollment, I decided to give this a chance and obviously I’m glad I did! I did very well on the multiple choice and OK on the open response. I did not take the SEI Practice Quiz (Open Response) offered by this course because I would not have gotten feedback in time (due to me switching my test date when an earlier seat opened unexpectedly). I wish I had been able to take advantage of it. My mentor text was very similar to the sample in this course, though, so thanks again!


      Hi Michelle! I’d love to chat with you with some questions about the test since you so recently took it. Which mentor text did you choose? What do you teach? Thanks! Becky

    2. MJ Linane Post author

      Congratulations on passing the test! We’re happy we could help!

  16. Nicole Nicodemus

    I found out I passed my SEI MTEL at the beginning of March. This course was very helpful, particularly for the multiple choice portion. When considering whether to simply take the test or sign up for a graduate credit course I chose to take the test, hoping I’d pass and be able to apply for teaching jobs for the 2018/2019 school year knowing I already had SEI endorsement. It worked, and this course definitely gave me the confidence I needed for this material. Thank you.

  17. jolivetti

    I just found out I passed. I cannot thank you enough for putting this course together. The test was hard and I ran out of time during the open response but at least I was well-prepared. I NEVER would have passed trying to study on my own.

  18. Lorraine Magee

    Thanks to this course, I passed the MTEL with thorough in the open response categories and most/all in the multiple choice categories. I can’t thank the course creators enough. I highly recommend this to all educators who need their SEI endorsement!

  19. Maude

    This course was enough to help me pass the MTEL the first try! I didn’t use any supplemental resources. I liked how the course focused only on the information needed to pass the test, so I didn’t ever feel overloaded on information. The reason I am giving 4 stars is because I would have liked an example of a finished essay.

  20. Kristen

    This course was great! The presenters were engaging and always willing to answer all questions. I feel the course prepared me with the right materials to review for the test. Highly recommended.

  21. Christopher Chiba

    Many thanks for this course and our presenters! With so much information to cover for the SEI MTEL this course helps to streamline how to study and focus to best be successful for the test.

  22. Geoff White

    Totally worth the time – I now know exactly what to review and will go into this test knowing what to expect. The presentation was straightforward and the presenters didn’t drag things out needlessly (like so many education courses do). If you can’t pass the test after taking this class, you didn’t pay close enough attention.

  23. Lynn

    Excellent preparation workshop and online material. I was hesitant to make the drive due to the distance from my home, but extremely worth it!!

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