Professional Development Courses: Schedule

All three credit courses require 42 hours of instructional work throughout the duration of the course. Whether it is in-person class time or online alternative instruction, it is your opportunity to put your new knowledge into immediate practice. The frequency of online discussion/interaction with instructor and classmates is throughout the course. It is available 24 hours a day. For course descriptions simply click on the course name or visit our course catalog. 10 days prior to the course you will receive a Welcome email with directions and any other instructions for the course. If you have any questions about our scheduling please feel free to contact us at info@thomstecher.com.

Registration for courses closes 5 days before the first day of class or if the course is filled.

An official Grade Receipt Letter will be mailed by Neumann University at the conclusion of the course.

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Summer 2020

EDU 526 - Effective Classroom Management Strategies and Skills (Online)

  • Price: $800.00
  • Dates: May 18 - June 28, 2020
  • Professors: Larry Newman
  • Location: Online- Canvas online platform

Registration period has ended.

This course has been developed for the classroom teacher. It combines theory and practical application. Participants will be challenged to share their gifts and talents with the class and also examine areas they feel they need to improve. Teaching the children of today in the classrooms of today within the culture of today demands a retooling of the concept of teacher. Teaching factual information is easy. The true question is – are the students’ actively learning what is being taught? In order to bridge the gap between teaching and learning it is critical teachers possess effective classroom management strategies and techniques. “Essential Strategies…..” explores every aspect of managing a classroom from kindergarten through grade twelve. We start with the basics and using a variety of teaching and learning strategies we allow participants to develop the necessary skills to be a more effective teacher.

EDU 526 - Self-Care Coaching for the Selfless Educator (Online)

  • Price: $800.00
  • Dates: June 15 - July 26, 2020
  • Professors: Jessie McFarland
  • Location: Online- Canvas online platform

This course is full. Please add to the waiting list and you will be contacted as soon as there is an opening.

This course is designed to provide educators with increased opportunities for self-care through full group interaction as well as one-on-one coaching.  We will focus on creating awareness around current well-being trends and providing manageable solutions and ideas on how to nourish your mind, body and spirit and alleviate stress. This course is designed to address the reality of the overabundance of educator stress and potential burn out.

We will take self-care to a new level by providing educators with their own personal wellness coach who will work with them to create self-care goals.  In addition, each week will cover one of the “Pillars of Self-Care” where educators will have the opportunity to learn more about these topics and apply the content to their own lives, both in the classroom and personally.

EDU 526 - Strengthening Social Emotional Learning by Integrating Art and Wellness (Online)

  • Price: $800.00
  • Dates: June 29 - August 9, 2020
  • Professors: Mamta Kochhar
  • Location: Online- Canvas online platform

This course will survey and explore the various artistic styles and how art and creativity can be tied to any content area in an expanded form with extensions. To expand the horizon, we will look at both Western and Non-Western Art and artistic styles of Asia: Buddhist and Indian art, Arts of Africa and Native American
art and how they impacted the generations and our own selves. It will give participants a way to think about the world differently, to make connections, and to contemplate our place and role in it.

The course design will have the flexibility to incorporate the participant’s professional background. Paintings, sculpture and creative pursuits will be studied and incorporated as individual’s work in relationship to their social and professional backgrounds. The cultural influence upon contemporary art will be covered as well. Focus would be on how to incorporate our latent talent into our daily personal and
professional life.

EDU 526 - Human Sexuality (Online)

  • Price: $800.00
  • Dates: July 6 - August 16, 2020
  • Professors: LeeAnn Marchesi and Jenny Purvis
  • Location: Online- Canvas online platform

This is an introductory level human sexuality course with an overview of the concepts from current research in human sexuality.  Focus is placed on the extent to which sexual beliefs are culturally determined.  Students identify their own values, identify those of others, and become at ease discussing the many different topics of sexuality.  This course is for counselors, teachers, nurses, coaches and all staff who want a deeper level of experience in self-reflection, self-awareness, courageous conversations, and the willingness to explore vulnerability and biases as the core of meaningful human experiences in sexuality.