High School FAQ

Are UConn ECE Instructors paid for teaching courses?

The role of a UConn ECE Instructor is an unpaid role by UConn ECE; however there are many benefits that UConn ECE Instructors receive for their partnership. All certified Instructors have unlimited access to the vast resources available through the University library system and are eligible to receive a UConn ID card, which may allow for educational discounts. UConn ECE Instructors are not eligible for the dependent tuition waiver for UConn families or discounts/lotteries for athletics tickets.

UConn ECE Instructors are also invited to campus once a year to attend their discipline specific professional development training at no charge. All registration costs, including the cost of parking and meals, are included for the day. Often, scholars from UConn and neighboring institutions share their research and knowledge in small group settings, unlike professional development events held elsewhere.

Is there a cost to maintain my certification?

Becoming certified with Early College Experience is not like being a member of an organization where dues are collected. As a certified Instructor with UConn ECE you are a part of over 1,400 high school educators across the state who utilize their unique backgrounds to become certified as UConn ECE Instructors to offer college courses to high school students. To maintain your certification with UConn ECE, you are required to attend one discipline specific professional development event every other year. These events come at no cost to the Instructors or their schools to attend. Should you be unable to attend and your certification depends on it, please reach out to the UConn ECE Program Office to see if a one time workshop attendance waiver can be granted.

What is the role of the UConn Faculty Coordinator? How do I find out who is my Faculty Coordinator?

Faculty Coordinators are UConn professors who manage the UConn ECE course specifications with their appropriate disciplines. Faculty Coordinators review Instructor certification applications with the assistance of their department, lead professional development opportunities, visit partner high schools, and serve as the primary contact for all course-related concerns. For a list of the Faculty Coordinators and their contact information, please visit our Faculty Coordinator page.

Is there a limit on how many students can enroll in my UConn ECE class?

The University of Connecticut’s class size policy varies based on departmental and course specifications. UConn English and Literatures, Cultures & Languages Departments must adhere to the discipline specific policies listed below. All other UConn courses through UConn ECE do not have specific class size limits.

  • English 1004 courses cannot exceed 15 students per section. An Instructor may teach no more than two sections of UConn ECE English concurrently without consent of the faculty coordinator.
  • English 1010 & 1011 courses cannot exceed 20 students per section. An Instructor may teach no more than two sections of UConn ECE English concurrently without consent of the faculty coordinator.

Is there an additional registration period for students to register for their spring courses?

There is no additional period for students to enroll in spring courses. All courses--Fall, Full-Year, and Spring--are registered for during our registration period in the Spring, or in our late registration period in the early Fall. We do understand that enrolling for courses for the following Spring may seem a bit early in terms of scheduling, and a lot of things could change, so please do not hesitate to notify our office if any changes in classes and/or student schedules do arise. We will work to resolve these matters as soon as possible.

How should we notify UConn ECE if a student has dropped a course?

If a student comes to you (guidance counselor, principal, Site Representative, or Instructor) indicating they need to drop an UConn ECE course, please direct them to Step 4 of the Registration Process. At the very bottom of the page are instructions to drop a course. If it is after the enrollment or late registration period, the student will need to fill out a Withdrawal Form. A verbal notice from the student to the high school will not be accepted for students to drop a course.

During Registration, if a student has added a UConn ECE course to their schedule but already submitted a consent form, do they need to re-submit an updated consent form?

No. The course section of the consent form is for the student's aid while enrolling in their courses once their application has been processed. As long as the student is clear on what courses they need to enroll in, we do not need an updated consent form sent to us.

What do I do if a student has forgotten a Username or Password?

If a student has forgotten a Compass Username, Compass Password, or a NetID, they can call the UConn ECE (860-486-1045) office for assistance. If they have forgotten a NetID password, they will have to call the Technology Support Center (860-486-4357).

As the Site Representative, how can I see which of my students have applied and enrolled successfully?

You are able to login through our Status Report portal to view the status reports with your NetID and password. This will show which of your students either have a submitted application or incomplete application. The enrollment report will show you which class(es) each student is enrolled in. You, as well as Instructors, can also view the class rosters which will display up to date enrollment.

When should my students start applying to the UConn ECE program?

Students should apply to the ECE program in the Spring even if they are not 100% positive that they will be taking a class for UConn ECE credit. The application is free and students are not charged anything until they actually enroll in classes. By applying early, students will be at the advantage of getting their NetID and UConn account created so when they do decide to enroll they will not need to start from Step 1.

Does UConn ECE provide any scholarship or grant opportunities?

Yes! There are two different scholarships we award every year. UConn ECE awards five scholarships to exemplary UConn ECE students and offers two scholarships each Fall and Spring semester to teachers who were not certified due to missing graduate courses. In addition, UConn ECE provides $10,000 in grants to UConn ECE Instructors and high schools for community development and classroom improvement projects.

Is it possible for the high school to pay for their students’ ECE courses?

Yes! The high school will need to download the templates for the letter of financial guarantee, Fall roster, and Spring roster from our resources page. The “Third Party Billing Information Package” explains the overall Third Party Billing procedure and student responsibilities.

How do I know if a student is eligible for an UConn ECE program fee waiver?

Students that are eligible for free/reduced price meals at their high school are eligible for a full UConn ECE program fee waiver. Any eligibility questions or concerns should be directed to the UConn ECE Billing Office by e-mail, or by phone (860.486.5100).

High Schools that provide free/reduced priced meals to their students through the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) will need to have their ECE students complete and submit an Income Eligibility Verification Form to determine their students’ waiver-eligibility. CEP participating high schools should contact the ECE Billing Office by e-mail to request the Income Eligibility Form each year that the school is a CEP participant.