Masters Degree Courses: Schedule

Our convenient courses will fit your schedule!

Courses are 42 total hours of instructional time with 30 hours in person and 12 hours of online work with instructors throughout the duration of the course. 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.

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Winter/Spring 2018

EDUC 583 - Character Education: Social and Emotional Learning

  • Tuition of $1,440.00 will be invoiced directly by Neumann University. You may use the WebAdvisor system to make your payment online: https://wa.neumann.edu
  • Dates: January 1 – February 25, 2018 In class meeting dates- 1/6, 1/20, 2/3, 2/17
  • Professors: Thom Stecher, Whit Yost, and Christian Stecher
  • Location: Franklin Commons, Phoenixville, PA

This course is designed to help teachers develop students of character using classic pieces of literature, research in social and emotional learning, and character education. Through in-depth mental, emotional, physical, social and spiritual study, we will examine the pillars of character education and the great teachers of human history. We will practice and discuss the lessons the wisest of our ancestral scholars have to teach us today. We will read, experience and reflect on the writings (prose, poetry, plays) of some of the greatest hearts and minds of the past centuries. Participants will be asked to be self reflective and involved in all experiential learning.

EDUC 510 - Action Research Design and Evaluation (Required course- Reserved for Masters Students)

  • Tuition of $1,440.00 will be invoiced directly by Neumann University. You may use the WebAdvisor system to make your payment online: https://wa.neumann.edu
  • Dates: January 1 – February 25, 2018 In class meeting dates- 1/7, 1/21, 2/4, 2/18
  • Professors: Krista Leh
  • Location: Franklin Commons, Phoenixville, PA

This course is designed to guide students through the process of an action research.  Students will choose a problem in their classroom to focus on, and attempt to secure solutions through the action research process. Final research results will be disseminated to the larger public.

EDUC 585 - 7 Habits of Effective Educators

  • Tuition of $1,440.00 will be invoiced directly by Neumann University. You may use the WebAdvisor system to make your payment online: https://wa.neumann.edu
  • Dates: January 8 – March 4, 2018 In class meeting dates- 1/14, 1/28, 2/11, 2/25
  • Professors: Lisa Roth Walter
  • Location: Franklin Commons, Phoenixville, PA

This course is designed to help educators become more effective in their personal and professional lives, thus enhancing the lives of their students. We will use Stephen R. Coveys, # 1 National Bestseller, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People as the framework for the course. Concepts of study include: personal growth, interpersonal leadership, empathetic communication, creative cooperation and balanced self-renewal. There will be an emphasis on how these concepts transcend into our classrooms and provide the foundation for how we embrace teaching and learning. We will examine how our habits shape our lives and define our character. We will explore our current level of stress and how our viewpoints on our circle of influence vs. circle of control affect the outcome of each situation. We will examine how continuous learning is part of what keeps us feeling empowered in our relationships and accomplished in our work. Through highly engaging, interactive and reflective activities, this course is bound to transform the lives of each participant, while simultaneously, giving you tools to take back to your classrooms.

EDUC 527 - The Reality of Bullying and Hazing in Schools: Awareness and Intervention Strategies

  • Tuition of $1,440.00 will be invoiced directly by Neumann University. You may use the WebAdvisor system to make your payment online: https://wa.neumann.edu
  • Dates: January 22 –March 18, 2018 In class meeting dates- (4:30-8:30pm) 1/23, 1/30, 2/6, 2/13, 2/20, 2/27, 3/6, 3/13
  • Professors: Scott Heydt and Alex Fizz
  • Location: Franklin Commons, Phoenixville, PA

While bullies continue to plague K-12 campuses, the hazing rampant among sports teams, clubs, and student organizations remains an underappreciated issue. The Reality of Bullying and Hazing in Schools analyzes the dynamic relationships between victim, bystander, and perpetrator, along with the organic and inorganic systems that support the continuation of bullying and hazing behaviors. This course combines the latest adolescent psychological theories and science with practical intervention strategies administrators and teachers can implement immediately.

EDUC 533 - Neo-Cortex Development: Developing Higher Order Thinking Through Problem Solving, Creativity and Play

  • Tuition of $1,440.00 will be invoiced directly by Neumann University. You may use the WebAdvisor system to make your payment online: https://wa.neumann.edu
  • Dates: February 26 – April 22, 2018 In class meeting dates- 3/4, 3/18, 4/7, 4/15
  • Professors: Chris Engler, Todd Conley, and Christian Stecher
  • Location: Franklin Commons, Phoenixville, PA

Harvard Medical School research has told us for over 20 years that the neo-cortex (the adult, highly evolved thinking brain) needs to engage in problem solving, creativity and play, in order to grow and develop.  The same part of the brain that we need to pass the PSSA will only be at its best when engaged in regular problem solving, creativity, and play.  Play lies at the core of creativity and innovation.  We are built to play and we develop through play. Through problem solving and play we learn how the world works and how people interact. This class will be highly experiential with significant time spent fully engaged in problem solving, creativity and play activities for the benefit of all in class.

EDUC 500 - Philosophical Foundations for Instructional Leadership (Required course- Reserved for Masters Students)

  • Tuition of $1,440.00 will be invoiced directly by Neumann University. You may use the WebAdvisor system to make your payment online: https://wa.neumann.edu
  • Dates: March 5 – May 6, In class meeting dates- 3/10, 3/24, 4/14, 4/28
  • Professors: Alex Fizz and Dr. Melissa Patschke
  • Location: Franklin Commons, Phoenixville, PA

This course focuses on the development of theoretical-pragmatic foundations for reflective teaching and educational leadership in collaborative school environments. Philosophical systems are examined as they relate to the realities of classroom instructional leadership.

EDUC 587 - Closing the Achievement Gap

  • Tuition of $1,440.00 will be invoiced directly by Neumann University. You may use the WebAdvisor system to make your payment online: https://wa.neumann.edu
  • Dates: March 5 – April 29, 2018, In class meeting dates- 3/11, 3/25, 4/8, 4/22
  • Professors: Krista Leh and Aaron Jones
  • Location: Franklin Commons, Phoenixville, PA

The course is designed to help teachers, administrators, and support staff eliminate the achievement gap. Our goal is to present a comprehensive K-12 model that ensures racial and social differences in academic achievement are eliminated. The program will focus on the academic, social and emotional learning skills that improve achievement for all students. Our primary philosophy is respect, responsibility and relationships are essential for academics to be relevant to all learners. Until we address the relevance of academics to all learners we can never be successful with academic rigor.

EDUC 532 - Fostering Resilience and Building Assets in Our At-Risk Students

  • Tuition of $1,440.00 will be invoiced directly by Neumann University. You may use the WebAdvisor system to make your payment online: https://wa.neumann.edu
  • Dates: March 5 – May 13, 2018, In class meeting dates- 4:30-7:30pm, 3/8, 3/15, 3/22, 3/29, 4/5, 4/12, 4/19, 4/26, 5/3, 5/10
  • Professors: Alex Fizz and Scott Heydt
  • Location: Archbishop Wood High School, Warminster, PA

This course is designed to move our students from risk to resiliency by identifying and fostering the developmental competencies needed for students to succeed. The course hinges on the belief that resilience is not something you do, but something you are and can become. To that end, the course is designed to guide educators through a paradigm shift away from the Deficit Model toward the Strengths/Asset Model. The attributes seen in resilient students will be identified and specific strategies for fostering these traits in all students will be taught. Drawing on research from Nan Henderson, Mike Milstein, Robert Brooks, and Bonnie Benard , we will generate specific and tangible ways to foster resilience in our students by identifying and strengthening their islands of competence, guiding them through rewriting negative scripts, employing real-time resilience strategies, evaluating iceberg beliefs, and identifying the intelligences needed to achieve high-level resiliency. Further, educators who take the course will immerse themselves in the research regarding the most effective ways to develop the resilient mindset, foster resilience in students, educators, and schools, the difference between constructed and discovered personalities, the necessity of sustaining biphasic traits, the role empathy plays in high-level resiliency, and the central tenets of positive psychology. Ultimately, educators will emerge with a wealth of current and applicable resiliency-building and sustaining activities that will foster a culture of resilience in their classrooms and schools.