Frequently Asked Questions

Does a teacher need to obtain an ESL or Bilingual endorsement in order to provide ELD instruction?

Elementary School Teacher Qualifications
All teachers in SEI Classrooms must have a valid Arizona teaching certificate (charter school teachers are exempt from this requirement). Teachers in grades K-6 must be highly qualified in elementary content as defined by the Federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.

Additionally, all teachers must have a Structured English Immersion (SEI) endorsement (Provisional endorsement or full endorsement) (State Board of Education (SBE) Rules, R7-2-613.J), an English as a Second Language (ESL) endorsement (Provisional endorsement or full endorsement) (SBE Rules, R7-2-613.I), or a Bilingual (BLE) endorsement (Provisional endorsement or full endorsement) (SBE   Rules, R7-2-613.H).

Middle Grades and High School Teacher Qualifications

All teachers in SEI Classrooms must have a valid Arizona teaching certificate (charter school teachers are exempt from this requirement). Teachers in grades 7-8 must be Highly Qualified in Language Arts or English as defined by the Federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. Teachers in grades 9-12 must be Highly Qualified in English as defined by the Federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.

Additionally, all teachers must have a Structured English Immersion (SEI) endorsement (Provisional endorsement or full endorsement) (SBE Rules, R7-2-613.J), an English as a Second Language (ESL) endorsement (Provisional endorsement or full endorsement) (SBE Rules, R7-2-613.I), or a Bilingual (BLE) endorsement (Provisional endorsement or full endorsement) (SBE Rules, R7-2-613.H).

Do all ELL students have to be enrolled in four hours of English Language Development (ELD)?

The Structured English Immersion (SEI) Models require a minimum of four (4) hours per day of ELD for every pupil who is classified as an English Language Learner (ELL). (SEI Models 5/14/08).

All ELL students who have not tested proficient on the Arizona English Language Learner Assessment (AZELLA) must be enrolled in four (4) hours of ELD.  The exceptions relate to half-day kindergarten students and to Middle/High School intermediate level ELL students in their second year of ELL status.

Is a classroom considered an SEI classroom simply because it has a teacher who is SEI endorsed?

No, as defined by the Arizona ELL Task Force, “Structured English Immersion Classroom” means a classroom in which all students are limited English proficient as determined by composite AZELLA scores of Pre-Emergent, Emergent, Basic, or Intermediate. The purpose of the classroom is to provide daily ELD instruction.

Do charter schools have to follow the same regulations for ELLs?

Each governing body of a charter school shall follow the SEI Task Force SEI Models for implementation.(See A.R.S. § 15-756.02)

What are the ELD requirements for kindergarten?

Kindergarten students shall be grouped separately from students in other grades (SEI Models, 5/14/08). Schools with 20 or fewer ELLs within a three grade span (including kindergarten), may provide instruction through the development of Individual Language Learner Plans (ILLPs) created for each ELL.

For kindergarten classes operating on a half-day basis, the time allocations are proportionately reduced (SEI Models 5/14/08).  http://www.azed.gov/wp-content/uploads/PDF/Half-DayKindergartenandELD-OELASandTitleIGuidance.pdf