Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Early Childhood Development Institute

Why should I consider coursework through ECI?

Who is in charge of the program offerings?

What courses are offered?

How do the courses work?

Who teaches the courses?

How many students are in a class?

Does the Massachusetts Department of Early Care and Education recognize these courses as CEU credits?

How are these courses different from other CEU offerings?

Do these courses provide MAEYC CEUs?

TAKING COURSES FROM THE EARLY CHILHDOOD DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE
 

Can I take just one module (10 hours) but not the others?

Can I talk only one 2.5 hour session to fulfill my DEEC annual requirements?

To do the fourth module of every course, the course descriptions say that I need to be working in a child care program that will allow the assignments and coaching to occur. Does this mean that I have to have paid employment?

What kinds of assignments are required to successfully complete the courses?

What will be required to complete the coaching course?

These are non-credit courses so why do they require prerequisites to take them?

Will I need to provide proof of the prerequisite to sign up for a module?

I did the first two modules of the course last summer but my mother got sick and couldn’t help me with child care for my child so I couldn’t do the other two modules. Can I come back when these are offered again and do the final two?

I took the first module and missed the second when I had to go back to my country for a family emergency. Can I take the third and fourth module now?

GETTING CREDIT FOR SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF THE INSTITUTE COURSES
 

How do I turn my work at the ECDI into credit?

Do I need to take all four modules under one course or just four modules from several courses?

Can other non-credit work I have done be turned into credit, too?

I lost my PLAP certificates—now how do I prove I completed this work successfully?

Does every course turn into just career elective course credit or do some of them count toward other requirements in the Early Childhood Development degree program?

Does career elective credit count towards the degree requirements in the A.S. program in Early Childhood Development?

How am I judged as being successful in a module?

I signed up for a module and didn’t really have the prerequisite. Now I can’t get credit for doing the modules. That seems unfair. Is there anyway to remedy this?

INDIVIDUAL COSTS, REGISTRATION, BUYING A COURSE FOR A PROGRAM
 

How do I register for the modules?

How much do the modules cost?

Can I use my financial aid award to pay for these non-credit modules?

Can I use the course voucher my center received for supervising a practicum student last year to pay for these modules?

My whole program would like to take a course at our worksite. How do I arrange for this?

Can my program hire BHCC to do just one module as a professional development activity for my program?

As an agency, I want to buy a block of seats for my employees to take the module(s) or the full course. How do go about to do this?

NEW TOPICS, TEACHING FOR THE INSTITUTE, AND MISCELLANEOUS TIDBITS
 

We have an advanced topic we’d like to have developed by the ECDI into a course—with whom do we discuss this idea?

What other course topics are being developed?

I am a seasoned trainer and would like to teach at the Institute. How might I apply to do this?