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 on Sunday and use it on Monday!" 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.
Fitchburg State University offers a well-known, site-based Master of Education Program through Catherine Leahy Brine Educational Consultants, Inc., that has successfully served educators throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for more than 15 years. Additionally, Catherine Leahy-Brine Educational Consultants, Inc., is a long-standing Massachusetts Department of Education-approved educator preparation program provider that offers District-Based Licensure Programs for Teachers.
Why Choose Catherine Leahy-Brine Programs?
All candidates are supported with a strong, on-going advising component for the entire duration of their
program. This includes M.Ed. only candidates as well as all candidates seeking initial or professional
licensure. The advising is accomplished within the context of a required course that is part of the
candidate's Plan of Study.
This "homeroom" cohort environment ensures accurate completion of the candidate's Plan of Study as well
as fostering collegiality and establishing an important support system for all cohort members.
Leahy-Brine has no licensure "middle man." Because we have DESE- approved programs ourselves,
we deal directly with the DESE for all licensure issues, both initial and professional.
Candidates can take a 21-credit stand-alone Initial Licensure program or the 21 credits can be embedded
into the Fitchburg State University 36-credit Master of Education in Curriculum and Teaching. (All initial
licensure courses are part of the 36-credit Fitchburg State University Master of Education in Curriculum and
Teaching.) The stand-alone Initial License program is designed to be completed in 4 semesters; the 36-
credit M.Ed. with the embedded Initial Licensure program is designed to be completed in 5 semesters.
Candidates can take a 12-credit stand-alone Professional Licensure program or the 12-credits can be
embedded into the Fitchburg State University 36-credit Master of Education in Curriculum and Teaching.
(All Professional Licensure courses are part of the 36-credit Fitchburg State University Master of Education in
Curriculum and Teaching.) Both the stand-alone Professional Licensure Program and the 36-credit M.Ed.
with the embedded Professional Licensure Program are designed to be completed in 4 semesters.
To obtain Professional License through Catherine Leahy-Brine, no other courses need to be
taken after completion of the stand-alone Professional Licensure program or the 36-credit
M.Ed. with the embedded Professional Licensure program.
All licensure courses, both Initial and Professional, are part of the 36-credit Fitchburg State
University Master of Education program offered through Catherine Leahy Brine.
Leahy-Brine can be, if the candidate so desires, a continuous program that brings the Preliminary License
to Initial, then the Initial to Professional. Candidates can do this seamlessly with one company and one