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ESL License vs. SEI Endorsement

English as a Second Language is a separate discipline taught by someone with an ESL license to ELL students only. ESL class is based on ESL curriculum in order to promote language acquisition skills. It is not academic support. ELL students receive a certain amount of language instruction based on their level of language proficiency. Only ELLs are in ESL class.

Sheltered content classes are core classes taught by gen ed teachers who have the Sheltered English endorsement. SEI training provides best practices in development of vocabulary, reading, and writing skills so that ELLs can better comprehend core content. SEI classes have ELLs and general education students.

If you wish to take the SEI MTEL in order to earn the SEI endorsement, please go to: for more information on registration and study resources.