Graduate Courses


Spring 2018 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

EDUC8004 Managing Classroom Behavior
Saturdays, January 13, 20, 27, February 3, 10

SPED7035 Psychology of Learning
January 17, 31, February 14, March 7, 14, 28, April 11

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

READ8018 Reading Disabilities and the Assessment of Reading
Thursdays, January 4, 11, 18, 25, February 1, 15
2 online sessions

EDUC9099 Sheltered English Immersion Endorsement Class
Face to face dates: Tuesdays, January 9, 23, February 6, 13, 27, March 13, 20, 27, April 3, 10
Five online sessions in between

EDUC7099 Dynamic Perspectives in Education
Face to face meeting on January 17- the rest of the course online using Blackboard
5PM Start

READ7017 Psychology of Reading
March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

SPED7650 Inclusion of Students with Disabilities in Regular Education
Saturdays, March 10, 17, 24, 31, April 7

EDUC7004 Cooperative Learning Across the Content Areas
April Vacation Week April 16-20


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.

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

EDUC8025 Understanding Religious Violence
Online Course- February 15 start date

EDUC8008 Bullying: A Crisis in Education
Online Course Start Date: February 15

EDUC7500 Curriculum Design and Implementation for Multi-Needs Populations
Online Course begins March 10