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 2021

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

  • Price: $800.00
  • Dates: January 4 - February 28, 2021
  • 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 - Making Web Based Technology Easier for 21st Century Teachers and Learners (Online)

  • Price: $800.00
  • Dates: January 18 - March 14, 2021
  • Professors: Phil Hochman
  • Location: Online- Canvas online platform

Making Web Based Technology Easier for 21st Century Teachers and Learners is designed to meet the needs of the virtual environment and the net generation. This course was created to allow learners of all different technological levels to grow and maximize their practice utilizing freely available web based software to maximize their teaching impact. This course will gradually and systematically break down all of the nuances of the web, and shatter barriers that hinder 24/7/365 learning. This course will bring the participant to the awareness level of many new and exciting products that will reach the students in their classroom and reconnect them intellectually, socially and emotionally to any content area.
In this course we will require the use of any net connected device, such as a laptop, Ipad, Chromebook etc. This course was designed to meet the needs of the most technologically challenged teacher to the most tech savvy. 

EDU 526 - The Gender Question (Online)

  • Price: $800.00
  • Dates: February 15 - April 11, 2021
  • Professors: Scott Burden and Megan Hauser
  • Location: Online- Canvas online platform

As an educator, it can be hard to know how to navigate the changing landscape of gender. At times it may seem like your students know more than you do, with different acronyms and terms being used every day. This course will help educators at all grade levels grapple with the gender question by reflecting on your own socialization, analyzing the cultural norms surrounding your students, and exploring age-appropriate ways for bridging their lived experiences with your classroom communities. Educators will leave the course with terms, tools, and training for how to best support all students.

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

  • Price: $800.00
  • Dates: March 8 - May 2, 2021
  • 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, fdiscussed, practiced, and implemented allowing participants to gain those critical skills.