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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

Middle, Secondary Education Initial License Only Programs

Moderate Disabilities Initial License Only Programs

Application Checklist for Initial License Only Programs


Early Childhood or Elementary Initial License Program

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 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.

Sample Sequence of Courses for the 24-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.)
  • The Technology Infused Classroom (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 24-credit Initial License Program is $425 per credit, for a total of $10,200. 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 $1000 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 two weeks after you start the program (you will receive a bill at Orientation) and the second payment is due approximately 6 months later. All credit/debit card payments will be subject to a 2% credit card processing/convenience fee.

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    Middle, Secondary and Special Subject Areas

    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 a 24 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 (5-12) Business (5-12) Chemistry (8-12) Early Childhood (PreK-2) Earth Science (8-12) Elementary English (5-12) Spanish (5-12) General Science (5-8) Health/Family/Consumer Science (ALL) History (5-12) Mathematics (5-8;8-12) Middle School Mathematics/Science Moderate Disabilities (PreK-8; 5-12) Physical Education (PreK-8; 5-12)
    2. Physics (8-12)

    Sample Schedule of Courses for the 24-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

  • Managing Classroom Behavior (3 cr.) Curriculum Design for Multi-Needs Populations (3 cr.)
  • The Technology Infused Classroom (3 cr.)
  • Third Semester

  • The Psychology of Learning for the Inclusion of All Students (3cr.)
  • Fourth Semester

  • Advanced Seminar in Curriculum and Teaching (3 cr.) Practicum Experience (3 cr.)
  • There is a $1000 Practicum fee payable at the time of Practicum
  • Cost of The Initial License Programs

  • The cost of the 24- credit Initial License Program is $425 per credit ($10,200) 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 $1,000 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 two weeks after you start the program (you will receive a bill at Orientation) and the second payment is due approximately 6 months later.
  • All credit/debit card payments will be subject to a 2% credit card processing/convenience fee.
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    Moderate Disabilities, PreK-8 or 5-12

    These Initial Licensure Programs are intended for candidates who hold a Preliminary License in Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities, both PreK-8 or 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 30-credit stand-alone Initial Licensure Program or iit may embedded into the 36-credit Fitchburg State University Master of Education in Curriculum and Teaching. Proposed Sequence of Courses for the 30-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 30 graduate credits. All graduate credit is awarded through Fitchburg State University. Proposed Sequence of Courses for the 30-credit stand-alone Initial Licensure Semester One:

  • Specialized Reading Approaches
  • Inclusion of Students with Special Needs in Regular Education
  • Semester Two:

  • Managing Classroom Behavior Curriculum Design for Multi-Needs Populations
  • The Technology Infused Classroom
  • Semester Three:

  • The Psychology of Learning for the Inclusion of All Students Sheltered English Immersion
  • Assessments for Students with Disabilities
  • Semester Four

  • Advanced Seminar in Curriculum and Teaching (Practicum Seminar)
  • Practicum
  • Cost of the Moderate Disabilities Initial License Program

  • All credit/debit card payments will be subject to a 2% credit card processing/convenience fee. The cost of the 30- credit Initial License Program is $425 per credit for a total of $12,750. 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 $1,000 Practicum fee, payable at the time of the Practicum.
  • 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

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    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. What are the most important factors in establishing a long-term working relationship with students, friends, etc.?
      2. 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
  • Non-refundable application/processing fee of $150, payable to Catherine Leahy Brine, Inc. .
  • 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 any of the stand-alone License Programs.

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

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