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Overview of the Catherine Leahy Brine Educational Consultants, Inc.
Massachusetts Department of Education-Approved
Site-Based Initial Licensure Programs

Early Childhood and Elementary Initial License Only Programs

Secondary Education Initial License Only Programs

Moderate Disabilities Initial License Only Programs

Application Checklist for Initial License Only Programs


Overview of the Site-Based
Early Childhood and the Elementary
Initial Licensure Programs

Offered through Catherine Leahy Brine Educational Consultants, Inc.

These DESE-approved Initial Licensure Programs are intended for candidates who hold a Preliminary License in early childhood or elementary education. Candidates who successfully complete the program will earn an Initial License in the area of their Preliminary License. The Program may be taken as a 21-credit stand-alone Initial Licensure Program or it may embedded into the 36-credit Fitchburg State University Master of Education in Curriculum and Teaching.

Sample Sequence of Courses for the 21-credit stand-alone Initial Licensure Program: (subject to change depending on the needs of the candidates)

First Semester

  • EDUC 7017 Psychology of Reading (for early childhood and elementary candidates - 3 cr.)
  • Sheltered English Immersion (3 cr.)
Second Semester
  • Managing Classroom Behavior (3 cr.)
  • Curriculum Design for Multi-Needs Populations (3 cr.)
Third Semester
  • The Psychology of Learning for the Inclusion of All Students (3 cr.)
Fourth Semester
  • Adv. Seminar in Curriculum and Teaching (3 cr.)
  • Practicum Experience (3 cr.)

Cost of The Initial License Programs
  • The cost of the 21-credit Initial License Program is $400 per credit, for a total of $8,400
  • There is an additional non-refundable application/processing fee of $150, payable to Catherine Leahy Brine, Inc.
  • Each course has a materials fee set by each course instructor.
  • There is a $750 Practicum fee, payable at the time of the Practicum.
  • We break our tuition payments into two equal installment payments. The first payment is due about one month after you start the program (you will receive a bill at Orientation) and the second payment is due approximately 6 months later.

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Overview of the Site-Based
Secondary Education Initial Licensure Programs

Offered through Catherine Leahy Brine Educational Consultants, Inc.

The following areas of Initial Licensure have been approved for Catherine Leahy Brine by the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Upon successful completion of the Program, candidates will earn an Initial License in the area of their Preliminary License. The Program may be taken as an 21 credit stand-alone Program or it may be embedded into the 36-credit Fitchburg State university Master of Education in Curriculum and Teaching.

  1. Biology (5-8; 8-12)
  2. Business (5-12)
  3. Chemistry (8-12)
  4. Early Childhood (PreK-2, With and Without Disabilities)
  5. Earth Science (8-12)
  6. Elementary (1-6)
  7. English (5-8; 8-12)
  8. Spanish (5-12)
  9. General Science (5-8)
  10. Health/Family/Consumer science (ALL)
  11. History (5-8; 8-12)
  12. Mathematics (5-8; 8-12)
  13. Middle School Mathematics/Science
  14. Moderate Disabilities (PreK-8; 5-12)
  15. Physical Education (PreK-8; 5-12)
  16. Physics (8-12)

Sample Sequence of Courses for the 21-credit stand-alone Initial Licensure Program

Semester One

  • Introduction to Strategies for Effective Literacy Instruction Across the Disciplines (3 cr. Hours)
  • Sheltered English Immersions (3 cr. Hours)
Second Semester
  • Succeeding with the Resistant Student (3 cr.)
  • Curriculum Design for Multi-Needs Populations (3 cr.)
Third Semester
  • The Psychology of Learning for the Inclusion of All Students (3 cr.)
Fourth Semester
  • Advanced Seminar in Curriculum and Teaching (3 cr.)
  • Practicum Experience (3 cr.)
  • There is a $750 Practicum fee, payable at the time of the Practicum.

Cost of The Initial License Programs

  • The cost of the 21- credit Initial License Program is $400 per credit, for a total of $8,400.
  • There is an additional non-refundable application/processing fee of $150, payable to Catherine Leahy Brine, Inc.
  • Each course has a materials fee set by each course instructor.
  • There is a $750 Practicum fee, payable at the time of the Practicum.
  • We break our tuition payments into two equal installment payments. The first payment is due about one month after you start the program (you will receive a bill at Orientation) and the second payment is due approximately 6 months later.

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Overview of the Site-Based
Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities (PreK-8) and (5-12)
Initial License Program

Offered through Catherine Leahy Brine Educational Consultants, Inc.

These Initial Licensure Programs are intended for candidates who hold a Preliminary License in Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities, both PreK-8 and 5-12. Candidates who successfully complete the program will earn an Initial License in the area of their Preliminary License. The Program may be taken as a 24-credit stand-alone Initial Licensure Program or it may embedded into the 36-credit Fitchburg State University Master of Education in Curriculum and Teaching.

Proposed Sequence of Courses for the 24-credit stand-alone Initial Licensure Program: (Sequence of courses is subject to change depending on the needs of the candidates or the program)

Each of the following is a three credit course, for a total of 24 graduate credits. All graduate credit is awarded through Fitchburg State University.

Semester One:

  • The Literacy course appropriate to the candidates' level, PreK-8 or 5-12
  • Inclusion of Students with Special Needs in Regular Education
Semester Two:
  • Managing Classroom Behavior
  • Curriculum Design for Multi-Needs Populations
Semester Three:
  • The Psychology of Learning for the Inclusion of All Students
  • Sheltered English Immersion
Semester Four
  • Advanced Seminar in Curriculum and Teaching (Practicum Seminar)
  • Practicum

Cost of The Initial License Programs

  • The cost of the 24- credit Initial License Program is $400 per credit, for a total of $9,600.
  • There is an additional non-refundable application/processing fee of $150, payable to Catherine Leahy Brine, Inc.
  • Each course has a materials fee set by each course instructor.
  • There is a $750 Practicum fee, payable at the time of the Practicum.
  • We break our tuition payments into two equal installment payments. The first payment is due about one month after you start the program (you will receive a bill at Orientation) and the second payment is due approximately 6 months later.
For Candidates Not Holding the Moderate Disabilities Preliminary License at Start of Program

In addition to passing the appropriate MTELs, candidates seeking the Preliminary License in Moderate Disabilities must prove the accomplishment of additional competencies to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. An overview of these competencies may be found at:
http://www.doe.mass.edu/educators/sped_review.doc

In addition to those listed on this site, DESE has recently added 10 hours of training in augmentative technology as an additional competency.

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Proposed Sequence of Courses for the 24-credit stand-alone Initial Licensure Program

    Semester One
    • EDUC 7017 Psychology of Reading (for early childhood and elementary candidates - 3 cr.)
    • EDUC 7057 Introduction to Strategies for Effective Literacy Instruction Across the Disciplines (for middle, secondary and special area candidates - 3 cr.)

    Second Semester

    • EDUC 8004 Managing Classroom Behavior (for early childhood and elementary teachers - 3 cr.) OR
    • EDUC 8009 Succeeding with the Resistant Student (for middle, secondary and special area candidates - 3 cr.)
    • And for all candidates: EDUC 7500 Curriculum Design for Multi-Needs Populations (3 cr.)

    Third Semester

    • SPED 7035 The Psychology of Learning for the Inclusion of All Students (for all candidates - 3 cr.)
    • EDUC 7000Topics: Sheltered English Immersion (3 cr.)

    Fourth Semester

    • EDUC 7061 Advanced Seminar in Curriculum and Teaching (for all candidates - 3 cr.)
    • EDUC 7058 Practicum Experience (300 hours in all fields- 3 cr.)
    • There is a $750 Practicum fee, payable at the time of the Practicum.

Cost of The Initial License Programs
(Early Childhood, Elementary and Middle and High School Content Areas)

    • The cost of the 21- credit Initial License Program(ECE, Elementary and Middle and High School Content Areas) is $400 per credit. The total cost of the program is $8,400.
    • There is an additional non-refundable application/processing fee of $150.00, payable to Catherine Leahy Brine, Inc.
    • There is a $750 Practicum fee, payable at the time of the Practicum.
    • We break our tuition payments into two equal installment payments. The first payment is due about one month after you start the program (you will receive a bill at Orientation) and the second payment is due approximately 6 months later.

Initial License Only Program Application Checklist:

  • Resume
  • Three letters of recommendation on school letterhead from someone who supervises you
  • Official, unopened transcripts from all degrees held, sent directly to us at 98 Randolph St, So. Weymouth 02190
  • Personal Statement:
    1. Choose one of the following prompts and write an essay no longer than one full page:
      1. Tell us about a positive situation in which you helped a person and made a significant difference in that person's life.
      2. What are the most important factors in establishing a long-term working relationship with students, friends, etc.?
      3. Tell us about a significant event that involved you in a teaching or helping role.
        • Describe the situation as it occurred at the time.
        • What did you do in that particular situation?
        • How did you feel about the situation at the time you were experiencing it?
        • How do you feel about the situation now?
        • What would you change, if anything?
  • Catherine Leahy Brine Cover Sheet - Click Application Materials on Home Page of our website and click on the Cover sheet
  • $150.00 application fee
  • Copy of your teaching license. All application materials should be mailed directly to:
      Catherine Leahy Brine, Inc.
      98 Randolph St.,
      So. Weymouth, MA 02190.

    Credits may not be transferred into the stand- alone 21-credit license program.

    All graduate credit is awarded through our higher education partner, Fitchburg State University.

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