Graduate Courses


Fall 2017 Graduate Courses

Catherine Leahy Brine, Educational Consultants, Inc.
Phone: 781-331-8826
Fax: 781-337-6152


About Catherine Leahy Brine Educational Consultants, Inc.

Through Fitchburg State University, our company is proud to offer high quality, long-standing, time-tested professional advancement programs for educators. Each instructor has been very carefully selected based on their authentic classroom experience and their content and pedagogical expertise. All pride themselves on the ability to engage the adult learner through a hands-on approach to learning that includes the modeling of effective and varied instructional techniques and strategies. Additionally, each course and syllabus developed by our own instructors has been carefully designed using as the guideposts the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks as well as state and national professional standards.

A participant who was enrolled in one of our instructor's week-end courses once remarked, "We learn it today and use it tomorrow!" That student's comment succinctly summarized the guiding philosophy of our company. We invite you to enroll in our programs or courses and experience this for yourselves.


Courses are offered in several ways. Since the Fall of 2000, the Fitchburg State University site-based Master of Education Program in Curriculum and Teaching has been offered through Catherine Leahy Brine Educational Consultants, Inc. Many of the courses offered by our company are part of that program. Additionally, Catherine Leahy-Brine Educational Consultants has been approved by the Massachusetts Department of Education (now known as the Dept. of Elementary and Secondary Education) as a district-based Initial and Professional Licensure Program in many, varying areas of certification. For more information on any of our programs please visit our web site: www.catherineleahybrine.com or www.cfbrine.com

Finally, all of the courses advertised in this brochure may also be taken by non-matriculating students for the purpose of recertification and professional development. All graduate credit is awarded through Fitchburg State University.

Each course is scheduled for a minimum of 37.5 hours. The cost of each Fitchburg State University 3 graduate credit course offered through Catherine Leahy Brine Educational Consultants is $675.00. Online courses are $705.00. Students matriculated in one of our licensure or Fitchburg State off campus degree programs pay a different tuition rate. The SEI Endorsement course costs $750.00.

Pre-Registration is strongly advised. To Pre-Register, call 781-331-8826 or Pre-Register on-line at www.catherineleahybrine.com. Registration forms will be sent once pre-registration has been received and payment is due one week before the class.

Dedham- Hilton Hotel
25 Allied Drive

EDUC9005 Dynamic Perspectives in Education
One Face to face meeting on September 13, the rest of the class is online using Blackboard through December 6

EDUC8134 Effective Teaching of Informational Text Across the Content Areas
Saturdays, October 14,21,28 and Nov.4, 18
9AM Start

Weymouth- Brine Offices and Classroom Space
74 Pleasant Street - So. Weymouth (Columbian Square) Park in the back of building.

EDUC7099 Sheltered English Instruction Endorsement Course Section One
Hybrid Course: Face to Face Dates: Sept. 5, 19, Oct 3, 17, 24, Nov. 7, 14,28, Dec. 5,12
Online Dates: September 12, 26, October 10, 31, November 21 (Weymouth)
5PM Start

EDUC7099 Sheltered English Instruction Endorsement Course Section Two
Face to Face Dates:Sept. 11, 25, October 9, 23, 30, November 6, 13, 27, December 4, 11
Online Dates :Sept. 18, October 2, 16, November 20, December 15
5PM Start

SPED7035 Psychology Of Learning: Inclusion for All Students
September 13, 27, October 4, 18, November 1, 15, December 6
5PM Start

EDLM9035 Collegial Supervision in an Era of Accountability
Thursdays, September 14, 28, October 12, 26, November 9, 30, December 7
5PM Start

SPED8017 Specialized Reading Approaches
September 16, 23, October 14, 21, and 28 (Weymouth)
9AM Start

EDUC7000 Effective Strategies for Teaching Elementary Mathematics 9/21, 28, 10/5, 12, 19, 26, and 11/2 5PM Start

MTED8001 Algebra for the Elementary School Teacher
MTED7028 Advanced Investigations into Standards Based Mathematics
Hybrid Course Face to face dates: 9/19, 10/3, 10/17, 10/24 (Weymouth)
5 PM Start

EDUC7630 Learning Disabilities and Instructional Techniques
Thursdays, October 26, November 2, 9, 16, 30, December 7, 14 (Weymouth)
5PM Start

EDUC7057 Intro to Effective Literacy Strategies Across the Disciplines
Oct. 26, Nov. 2, 9, 16, 30, Dec. 7, 14 (Weymouth)
4:30PM Start


Most of the Catherine Leahy Brine on-line courses are asynchronous unless noted. We must receive your pre-registration for the course at least 7days prior to the start date. Pre-registrations for on-line classes should be filled out through our web site www.catherineleahybrine.com. Once you have pre-registered for a course, you will be e-mailed the official college registration form. This on-line registration is due back in the Brine Office with tuition no later than ten days before the listed start date. Students will be entered into the college BLACKBOARD System. On-line course registration deadlines MUST be met. Access information for Blackboard will be sent to the student directly from the university via e-mail. Be careful not to delete this e-mail inadvertently. If you have taken an on-line class through Fitchburg in a previous semester, your username and password will remain the same. There is a $30 Blackboard/technology fee for all on-line courses. There is no refund for an on-line withdrawal once the class has begun.

EDUC9005 Dynamic Perspectives in Education
One Face to face meeting on September 13, the rest of the class is online using Blackboard through December 6

EDUC7111 Advanced Conservation of Natural Resources
Online Start: October 15

EDUC7034 Understanding Wellness and the Coordinated School Health Model
Online Start: October 15

EDUC7000 Rethinking Learning in the 21st Century: Technology Infused Classrooms
Online Start: October 15

EDUC8077 Advanced Statistical Reasoning
Online Start: October 15