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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Spring Term 1 - January 16 - March 10, 2024

EDUC 518 - Transformational Education: Effectiveness to Greatness

  • Tuition of $1,800.00 will be paid on Neumann's website via MyNU E-bill. If you are a current Masters degree student, click here to register.
  • Dates: Spring 1- January 16 – March 10, 2024, Mandatory in-person meeting dates- 1/21, 2/4, 2/18, 3/3 - 8am to 4:30pm
  • Professors: Matt Charleston
  • Location: Franklin Commons, Phoenixville, PA

Registration period has ended.

Education continues to face significant change. The challenges and complexity we face in education ranges from high-tech to high-touch (relationship) responsibilities. We seek to make our classrooms and curriculum relevant and effective. Being effective is no longer optional it is mandatory. The need to thrive, innovate, excel, and lead calls for greatness. We must transform education and tap into new dimensions of human genius and motivation. In this inspiring course, you will be given the tools to explore your voice, your creativity, new mindsets, new skills, and new habits. You will find your voice and inspire your students to find theirs.

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

  • Tuition of $1,800.00 will be paid on Neumann's website via MyNU E-bill. If you are a current Masters degree student, click here to register.
  • Dates: Spring 1- January 16 – March 10, 2024, Mandatory in-person meeting dates- 1/27, 2/10, 2/24, 3/9 - 8am to 4:30pm
  • Professors: Christian Stecher and Chris Engler
  • Location: Franklin Commons, Phoenixville, PA

Registration period has ended.

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 520 - Curriculum Design and Evaluation (Required Course)

  • Tuition of $1,800.00 will be paid on Neumann's website via MyNU E-bill. If you are a current Masters degree student, click here to register.
  • Dates: Spring 1- January 16 – March 10, 2024, Mandatory in-person meeting dates- 1/28, 2/11, 2/25, 3/10 - 8am to 4:30pm
  • Professors: Lenore O'Donnell
  • Location: Franklin Commons, Phoenixville, PA

Registration period has ended.

Students examine the theoretical application of curriculum design within the context of contemporary American classrooms. Relationships among subject matter, teaching, learning, and assessments are viewed from an interdisciplinary perspective.

Spring Term 2 - March 11 - May 5, 2024

EDUC 536 - Courage to Teach: Integrity, Authenticity, and Vulnerability

  • Tuition of $1,800.00 will be paid on Neumann's website via MyNU E-bill. If you are a current Masters degree student, click here to register.
  • Dates: Spring 2- March 11 – May 5, 2024, Mandatory in-person meeting dates- 3/16, 3/23, 4/13, 5/4- 8am to 4:30pm
  • Professors: Thom Stecher
  • Location: Franklin Commons, Phoenixville, PA

We teach who we are. This course is for teachers who have both good and bad days. We will explore the research that cites vulnerability as one of our greatest strengths. This course is for teachers who refuse to harden their hearts because we love our work so much. Our primary intervention tool will be to dig deeper into self-awareness. Teaching, like all human activity, comes from our inwardness. As we teach, we project our inward condition onto our students, our subject and our relationships together. Good teaching cannot be reduced to techniques and test scores. Good teaching comes from integrity, authenticity, and vulnerability. In every interaction, our ability to connect with our students depends less on methods and curriculum and more on our depth of self-awareness. Are we willing to be available and open in the service of learning?

EDUC 500 - Philosophical Foundations for Instructional Leadership (Required Course)

  • Tuition of $1,800.00 will be paid on Neumann's website via MyNU E-bill. If you are a current Masters degree student, click here to register.
  • Dates: Spring 2- March 11 – May 5, 2024, Mandatory in-person meeting dates- 3/17, 3/24, 4/14, 4/28- 8am to 4:30pm
  • Professors: Chris Palochak and Mark Eisenhuth
  • 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 528 - Understanding and Intervening with At-Risk Youth Behaviors (Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Wellness Endorsement course)

  • Tuition of $1,800.00 will be paid on Neumann's website via MyNU E-bill. If you are a current Masters degree student, click here to register.
  • Dates: Spring 2- March 11 – May 5, 2024, Mandatory in-person meeting dates- 4/6, 4/20, 4/27, 5/5 - 8am to 4:30pm
  • Professors: Amy Mangano and David Lieberman
  • Location: Franklin Commons, Phoenixville, PA

This course will examine the most significant at-risk issues impacting the lives of PreK through 12th Grade students today. The physical, psychological, social, emotional, and academic implications of these issues will be explored in depth. The indicators, signs, and symptoms of each issue will be shared through a culturally relevant lens that reflects the experience of students. Learners will engage and explore the systems and supports that do and can exist in a school environment and a community to support all students through authentic collaboration with family, school, and community partners.