Sheltered English Immersion for Career and Vocational Teacher Endorsement

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Fitchburg State University's Center for Professional Studies (CPS) is a MA DESE-approved Sheltered English Immersion for Career and Vocational Teacher Endorsement (SEI CVTE) provider. This course is required for all vocational technical teachers seeking licensure endorsement. For details, review the DESE Vocational SEI Guidance Document. The Massachusetts Association of Vocational Administrators (MAVA) is hosting the first cohort of the course.

Course Description

This course prepares teachers with the knowledge and skills to effectively shelter their content instruction for English learners. They will demonstrate knowledge of the difference between social and academic language and the importance of this difference in planning, differentiating, and delivering effective instruction for English learners at various levels of English language proficiency and literacy.

The Massachusetts Association of Vocational Administrators (MAVA) is hosting the first cohort of the course. 

Audience: Vocational Technical teachers, currently working in a MA vocational technical high school or CTE program, that have access to ELL students in their classroom.

Mode: This is a hybrid course that combines asynchronous, synchronous, and in-person sessions. This is an intense course. It consists of 45 contact hours. As an emerging professional, you are expected to attend every class session, to be on time, and to communicate with the instructor regarding any absences. Absences and tardiness may result in a permanent grade change. Attendance at all pre-practicum sessions is mandatory.

Dates: February 6 - May 28, 2024
Times: Most Tuesdays, 4 - 6 p.m. (online) with one face to face session on Saturday, March 23, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
(For specific class dates and times, see Program Schedule below)


*IMPORTANT*:This registration is through our partner organization. When you click the registration link below, you will be directed to their website.

Register Here

To be part of the SEI CVTE MAVA course:

  1. Go to the MAVA website.
  2. Click on Sheltered English Immersion.  
  3. Participants MUST register with MAVA first to ensure seat availability.
  4. Once your registration is confirmed with MAVA, you will then register with Fitchburg State University for one of the sections below. Details on how to do that will come directly from MAVA.
  5. Choose the course section that fits your educational background.

Additional Information

SP24 SEI SVTE Course Schedule MAVA    
Begin 2/6/2024 2 hrs 4 - 6 p.m. sync
  2/13/2024 2 hrs 4 - 6 p.m. sync
  Winter Break, 2/19-2/23    
  2/27/2024 2 hrs 4 - 6 p.m. sync
  3/5/2024 2 hrs 4 - 6 p.m. sync
  3/23/2024 5 hrs 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Face to Face (on campus)
  3/26/2024 2 hrs 4 - 6 p.m. sync
  4/2/2024 2 hrs 4  - 6 p.m. sync
  4/9/2024 2 hrs 4  - 6 p.m. sync
  Spring Break, 4/15-19    
  4/23/2024 2 hrs 4 - 6 p.m. sync
  4/30/2024 2 hrs 4 - 6 p.m. sync
  5/7/2024 2 hrs 4 - 6 p.m. sync
  5/14/2024 2 hrs 4 - 6 p.m. sync
  5/21/2024 2 hrs 4 - 6 p.m. sync
  5/28/2024 2 hrs 4 - 6 p.m. sync
  26 hours sync    
Face to Face 5 hours Face to Face    
Async 14 hours asynch Blackboard    
Total 45 hours total per DESE    

A 25-hour field experience is a required component of this course. Documented evidence of the successful completion of the field experience is filed with the Fitchburg State University Director of Licensure. Specific course assignments will be implemented in the field and include such activities as implementation of lessons and hands-on support of ELLs in the field placement classroom. There must be at least one ELL in the field placement classroom

Make-up session dates will be determined at the beginning of the course in case of instructor illness or inclement weather. DESE requires a full 45 hours of instructional time for the SEI endorsement course. 

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Angele Goss, M.Ed. has more than 20 years of professional experience connecting low-income and first generation students (middle, high school and college) to resources and experiences that improve their access to and through post-secondary education. 
She currently teaches Adult Basic Education to predominately second language learners, ranging in age from 18 to 65 and teaches courses on cultural competency at Fitchburg State University. Additionally, she is a Cultural Engagement presenter who facilitates difficult conversations around race, equity, and cultural self-reflection. Angele has a B.S. in Occupational Education and a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Teaching.

Questions? Get in touch!