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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Spring 2020

EDU 526 - Diversity Awareness in Education (Online)

  • Price: $800.00
  • Dates: January 6 - March 1, 2020
  • Professors: Emilia Minacapelli
  • Location: Online- Canvas online platform

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This course helps educators gain a greater awareness of the racial, ethnic, sexual orientation, gender, cultural, and all of the different forms of diversity present in their school, community, and beyond. Leaners will be involved in insightful and meaningful learning that will place a great emphasis on personal perspective and the perspectives of others.  This course will empower learners with the knowledge to create effective strategies for use in their curriculum, classroom, building, school, or community.

EDU 526 - Strategies for Empowering Gifted Learners (Online)

  • Price: $800.00
  • Dates: January 27 - March 22, 2020
  • Professors: Denny Smyth and Lora Rigatti
  • Location: Online- Canvas online platform

This course is designed to challenge educators to consider essential knowledge, best practices, and strategies for the wide range of gifted students strengths  and interest in classrooms. Through practical simulation activities, researched based resources and job integrated learning, the participants will be engaged in making real the learning that takes place during this course. There will be particular emphasis on the differentiated classroom and school model to meet the goals and specially designed instruction of gifted learners and high-achieving students. This class is designed for all Pre K-12 educators who wish to empower gifted learners and support their areas of strengths and interests.

EDU 526 - Stress Management: Specific Solutions for Educators (Online)

  • Price: $800.00
  • Dates: February 10 - April 5, 2020
  • Professors: Jessie McFarland
  • Location: Online- Canvas online platform

The course is designed to help teachers, administrators, and support staff assess their stress levels, identify primary causes of excess stress in both their professional and personal lives, and learn specific, realistic stress reduction strategies. Participants will learn how and why stress levels, burnout, and job dissatisfaction are disproportionately high in the educational field. Educators will explore the most appropriate and necessary choices facing anyone in high stress occupations: change your skills, change your position, change your attitude, or change jobs. Participants will learn and practice relaxation and visualization techniques, safe and simple exercise options and other strategies that are under their control.

EDU 526 - Positive Psychology: Helping Educators Thrive (Online)

  • Price: $800.00
  • Dates: February 24 - April 19, 2020
  • Professors: Sheila Kennedy and Tracy Litchfield
  • Location: Online- Canvas online platform

Learn what the field of positive psychology says about what makes us happy, how to apply the research into your own life, and the implications for your classroom.

In this course you will uncover misunderstandings about happiness, why we behave the way we do, and the research that can help us live more thriving lives. Activities and practices designed to increase our own happiness and build more productive daily routines will be explored. At the conclusion of the course you will be prepared to incorporate specific well-being practices into your life and in your educational setting.

EDU 526 - An Educator's Guide to Support Parents/Guardians Dealing with At-Risk Youth Behaviors (Online)

  • Price: $800.00
  • Dates: March 16 - May 10, 2020
  • Professors: Larry Newman
  • Location: Online- Canvas online platform

One of the most important tasks teachers face is working to establish a positive, constructive relationship with the parents/guardians of their students. When there are no outside issues parent contacts and face to face meetings are straightforward.  What if the student, their child, is involved in any at-risk behaviors? What skill set is essential for the teacher to possess in order to aid the parent/guardian in helping their child be successful in school? This course addresses those key issues.  Specific strategies will be presented, discussed, practiced, and implemented allowing participants to gain those critical skills.