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 2022

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

  • Price: $800.00
  • Dates: May 16 - June 29, 2022
  • Professors: Larry Newman
  • Location: Online- Canvas online platform

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 the 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 that 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 teachers.

EDU 526 - Financial Wellness for Educators: Thriving at Any Salary (Online)

  • Price: $800.00
  • Dates: May 31 - July 3, 2022
  • Professors: Scott Kennedy
  • Location: Online- Canvas online platform

Personal finance and retirement can be confusing and intimidating topics. This course has been specifically designed for educators, like you, to discover what is financially possible so that you can manage your money responsibly and move forward with clarity and confidence. 

In this class, you will evaluate your current financial ecosystem, build awareness of the options available to you, and then create a personally tailored financial plan that prioritizes the people and experiences that matter most to you.

Complex financial topics such as your pension, social security, 403(b) plans, and more will be translated into easily digestible lessons that will prepare you to design intentional spending and savings plans, each equipped with action steps aligned to your personal values. 

Whether you’re just starting out in your career or you're a seasoned veteran nearing retirement, this course will be scaled to meet your needs and set you on a path to financial wellness.

EDU 526 - The Gender Question (Online)

  • Price: $800.00
  • Dates: July 1 - August 12, 2022
  • 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 their own socialization, analyzing the cultural norms surrounding their students, and exploring age-appropriate ways for bridging their lived experiences with their classroom communities. Educators will leave the course with terms, tools, and training for how to best support all students.

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

  • Price: $800.00
  • Dates: July 6 - August 18, 2022
  • Professors: Jessie McFarland
  • Location: Online- Canvas online platform

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 burnout.

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.