Graduate Courses


Summer 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

EDUC8134 The Effective Teaching of Informational Text
Saturdays, April 28, May 5, 12, 19, June 2 Dedham 9AM Start
Please bring 3 inch 3 ring binder to first class

EDUC8004 Managing Classroom Behavior
July 9-13 Dedham 9AM-5PM
Three inch Three ring binder needed for materials

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

EDUC8057 Intro to Effective Literacy Strategies Across the Disciplines
Thursdays, April 26, May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, June 7 4:30PM Start
Required Text: I Read It But I Don't Get it by Cris Tovani

READ8018 Specialized Reading Approaches
Saturdays, May 5, 12, June 2, 9, 16 9AM Start

EDUC7099 Sheltered English Immersion Endorsement Class
Face to Face Dates: April 23, 30, May 7, 14, 21, 28, June 4, 11, 18, 25 plus five online sessions
5:00PM Start in Weymouth

EDUC7099 Sheltered English Instruction Endorsement Class
Face to Face Dates; Tuesdays, May 8, 15, 22, 29, June 5, 12, 19, 26, July 3, 10
Plus five online sessions

SPED8300 Augmentative and Alternative Communication
April 24, May 1, 8, June 5 and 3 online sessions 5PM start

EDUC7630 Learning Disabilities and Instructional Techniques
May 17, 24, 31, June 14, 21 plus two online sessions 5PM start

EDUC7004 Cooperative Learning Across the Content Areas
July 16-20 9AM-3PM plus online Weymouth

Required Text: Cooperative Learning/ Kagan, 2009 edition


Most of the Catherine Leahy Brine on-line courses are asynchronous unless noted. We must receive your pre-registration for the course at least 7 days 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.

ETEC9200 Project in Educational Technology
Start Date: June 15

EDUC8025 Understanding Religious Violence
Online: Start Date June 15

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

EDUC7111 Advanced Topics in Science: Conservation of Natural Resources
Online Start June 15

EDUC8007 Advanced Topics in Math: Statistical Reasoning
Online Start June 15

EDUC8008 Bullying: A Crisis in Education
Online Start: June 15