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 course (15 hours) but not the others?

Can I talk only one 3-hour session to fulfill my DEEC annual requirements?

To do the fourth course of every course, the course descriptions say that I need to be working in a childcare 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?

If I am taking these as non-credit courses why do they require prerequisites to take them?

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

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

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

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 courses under one course or just four courses 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 course?

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

INDIVIDUAL COSTS, REGISTRATION, BUYING A COURSE FOR A PROGRAM
 

How do I register for the courses? How much do the courses cost?

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

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

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 course 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 course(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 ECI into a course—with whom do we discuss this idea?

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