Approved SEI Training in Arizona


Structured English Immersion (SEI) is a teaching model used to educate students who are not native English speakers. In this model, English Language Learners (ELLs) take classes entirely in English. Constant exposure and practice enables them to master the language at an accelerated rate. With SEI, students learn required subjects while developing their English proficiency.

Carefully sequenced lessons and dedicated time for language instruction are essential to the SEI process. Teachers need specialized knowledge and skills to effectively implement the SEI model and are legally obligated to acquire advanced training to lead an SEI classroom. This training is a crucial component of education in the state of Arizona.

Common questions about SEI training and teaching

What is SEI training?

There are two types of approved SEI training, both of which are intended for state-certified educators seeking to offer instruction based on the SEI model.

Educators can choose to pursue either full or provisional classifications of SEI endorsement. Full K-12 endorsement requires 45 clock hours (or three semester hours) of specialized, state-approved training. This certification renews automatically ever year, with no need for further training or continuing education.

Provisional certification requires 15 clock hours (one semester hour) of coursework. It is valid for only three years and is not renewable. A provisional endorsement, however, can be upgraded into a full endorsement with only three additional clock hours of study.

What are the requirements for the SEI endorsement?

Teachers and administrators from any grade level or subject area are eligible for SEI training. Applicants must verify that they are a legally certified educator in the state of Arizona and that they have completed approved SEI training requirements. They also must submit a photocopy of their Identify Verified Prints (IVP) fingerprint card, provided by the Arizona Department of Public Safety, and pay a $60 application fee.

What does the training course cover?

Arizona state guidelines prescribe that courses for the full SEI endorsement cover six functional areas:

  • Understanding and applying ELL proficiency standards
  • Analyzing and interpreting student data
  • Assessment and placement for ELLs
  • SEI terminology, history and theory
  • Strategies and implementation methods for SEI
  • Parent/community outreach

The curriculum for the provisional endorsement focuses on and is limited to a few of these core functional areas.

Why is SEI training required in Arizona?

SEI is the cornerstone of ELL education in Arizona, and requiring specific training enables the state to enforce quality standards for the use of SEI models. The SEI approach demands a delicate balance of academic English immersion and dedicated language learning. Approved SEI training helps ensure that educators are equipped to create effective lesson plans that strike this balance.

How do I apply for SEI endorsement?

An application form can be found here, along with an explanation of all necessary fees and required materials. These materials can be submitted together when all requirements are complete.

Can SEI training be done online?

Yes. Some approved SEI training courses are available online.

Where can I take approved SEI training in Arizona?

Approved SEI training can be obtained from several Local Education Agencies (LEAs), individual trainers, and institutes of higher learning. A full list of approved courses can be found on the Arizona Department of Education website.


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