maaps U – SEI – Westfield State University

maaps has partnered with Westfield State University (WSU) to bring you an online four- week course in order for you to earn 15 PDPs in the area of SEI. This is NOT an endorsement course. As part of The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s (ESE) RETELL (Rethinking Equity & Teaching English Language Learners)/Sheltered English Immersion (SEI) initiative, all educators renewing an ESE Professional Licensure must earn 15 Professional Development Points (PDPs) in the area of SEI or English as a Second Language (ESL), in order to renew their ESE educator license after July 1, 2016. This is indicated in ESE regulations 603 CMR 44.06 Educator Licensure Renewal

This online course was designed for maaps professionals and is offered at a discounted rate of $180. Payment for the course is exclusively through PayPal. Students earn 15 PDPs and for an additional fee and some additional coursework, one graduate credit is available. Those arrangements are made directly with Westfield.

Each course offering is capped at 25 students and all coursework must be completed in a four week timeframe. The course is generally offered in November, May and July. A registration link for the next course will be posted here when registration opens.

This class is fully accessible for deaf and blind students.

Description of Course Content: This online course will provide in-service teachers with the subject matter knowledge, professional standards, skills, and dispositions essential to effectively shelter their content instruction to ensure English language learners (ELLs) in their classrooms will successfully access the curriculum and achieve academic success in the area of academic vocabulary.

  • Teachers will learn about theories and experience evidence-based instructional practices, protocols, methods, and strategies to develop academic vocabulary.
  • Teachers will have opportunities to practice specific modeled instructional strategies for teaching identified features of academic language in different disciplines (math, science, social studies, and ELA) while promoting language development in all language domains (reading, speaking, listening, writing) in ways appropriate for ELL students at different language proficiency levels.

Questions about this course? Contact Ginnie Waldron at or 781-245-1220 X207. Questions about licensure requirements? Contact Theresa Melito-Conners at or 781-909-5308