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 2023

EDU 526 - Communication: Creating a Message of Understanding (Online)

  • Price: $800.00
  • Dates: January 9 - March 5, 2023
  • Professors: Joe Brancoccio and Phil Hochman
  • Location: Online- Canvas online platform

This course is designed to create more effective communicators. You will learn to influence with integrity when delivering your desired message. The perception by others of the message you provide will be examined and critiqued. Your skills will be assessed, improved, and redirected, creating a renewed method of universal understanding when dealing with anyone you encounter, regardless of their personality type, learning style, or frame of reference. After intense interpersonal exercises, and much self-reflection, you will develop a new set of skills in the areas of both written and oral communication. Skills designed to enhance your ability to craft an effective message. A message which elicits the desired response you had hoped for.  Imagine the possibilities.

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

  • Price: $800.00
  • Dates: February 20 - April 16, 2023
  • 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 skillset 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.

EDU 526 - The Enneagram - Knowing Ourselves and Each Other

  • Price: $800.00
  • Dates: March 6 - April 30, 2023 (1 Mandatory in-person session - 3/19 - 9am to 3pm)
  • Professors: Dennis Talon and Abby Morgan
  • Location: Online via Canvas and One Mandatory In-Person session at Franklin Commons, Phoenixville, PA

The Enneagram - Knowing Ourselves And Each Other is an introduction to the Enneagram System of Personality. The Enneagram describes nine personality types and the strengths and challenges of the strategies people use to interact with each other and the world. It describes how these strategies, motivations, and desires emerge when people are functioning in a normal manner and when they are under stress. 

The Enneagram helps us know ourselves by revealing what we do well, the kinds of people and environments we are attracted to, and the gifts that we easily and naturally offer to the world. It can also reveal our habitual behaviors, blind spots, and limiting beliefs that trip us up. Additionally, the Enneagram helps us understand others by describing their values, thought processes, the language they use, and what motivates them, which informs how to best communicate with them. Knowing what motivates us and others to act is the key to improving behavior. No other personality system does this as accurately and practically as the Enneagram. 

In this course, we will first discover which of the nine styles is our Preferred Strategy/Primary Motivation. We will examine how our Preferred Strategy/Primary Motivation shapes our teaching style. We will also consider the Enneagram’s Emotional Competencies and their direct relation to the 5 Competencies of Social Emotional Learning. Moving to our classrooms, we will examine how each of the nine styles may present in our students and how by identifying their styles, we can help them achieve. Finally, we will take a brief look at how the Enneagram is an excellent model for leadership.