Registration Fees for Online PCTI Options

Parents: $275
Professionals: $295

PCTI often fills quickly and Registration is required. We recommend registering early.  Preference will be given to youth with disabilities and family members of children with special needs. Registration closes one business day prior to class or when the class roster is full. For waitlist information contact

Because we have limited seats in each course, we do not offer refunds after the start of the course.

For PCTI course-related questions, please contact Emma Gregory at


Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council Empowerment Funds

The Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council (MDDC) Empowerment Funds provides a limited number of scholarships to eligible participants attending the Parent Consultant Training Institute (PCTI). Individuals with developmental disabilities and family members / guardians of individuals with developmental disabilities may be eligible for PCTI tuition reimbursement totaling up to $250. Additionally, those receiving the MDDC scholarship MUST complete a mandatory Follow-Up Survey to receive tuition reimbursement.

A “developmental disability” is broadly defined as a severe, chronic, often lifelong disability that causes substantial limitations in several major life activities such as: self-care, receptive and expressive language, learning, mobility, self-direction, the capacity for independent living, and economic self-sufficiency. A developmental disability is attributable to a mental, emotional, sensory, and/or physical impairment that is apparent before the age of twenty-two.

Scholarship availability is limited. Please click on this link to learn more about how to apply for Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council Empowerment Funds.


Need-Based Opportunities

Please contact Emma Gregory at to discuss alternative options and scholarship opportunities


Become a Special Education Surrogate Parent!

PCTI participants who apply and become a Special Education Surrogate Parents (SESP) within one year of taking the course are eligible to receive a $100 reimbursement of their PCTI fees.

SESPs  volunteer as appointed, special education decision makers for students in the custody of the Department of Children and Families (DCF). Once appointed, SESP volunteers have the legal authority of a parent or legal guardian to attend special education team meetings, approve or reject IEPs, and, if necessary, file a complaint or appeal. On average an SESP spends about 30-40 hours a year volunteering their time. Please see the RTSC Program Brochure for more information on becoming an SESP.