Masters Degree Courses: Schedule

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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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Summer Term 2 - May 17 - June 30, 2021 - VIRTUAL

EDUC 518 - Transformational Education: Effectiveness to Greatness

  • Tuition of $1,590.00 will be paid on Neumann's website via MyNU E-bill. If you are a current Masters degree student, click here to register.
  • Dates: Summer 2- May 17 - June 30, 2021, Virtual Synchronous meetings- 5/22, 6/12, 6/26, 6/27, 9:30am to 3:30pm, lunch 12pm-1pm
  • Professors: Matthew Charleston
  • Location: Virtual via Zoom

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 needs to thrive, innovate, excel, and lead call 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 529 - Behavioral and Mental Health Literacy/Intervening to Promote Positive Outcomes in our PK-12 Students (Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Wellness Endorsement course)

  • Tuition of $1,590.00 will be paid on Neumann's website via MyNU E-bill. If you are a current Masters degree student, click here to register.
  • Dates: Summer 2- May 17 - June 30, 2021, Virtual Synchronous meetings- 5/23, 6/13, 6/23, 6/24, 9:30am to 3:30pm, lunch 12pm-1pm
  • Professors: Vicki Morgan
  • Location: Virtual via Zoom

The purpose of this course is to enhance the behavioral and mental health literacy of those who support Pre-K through 12th Grade students.  Focus will be placed upon common mental health disorders affecting school-age children, such as: attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), oppositional defiance disorder (ODD), anxiety disorders, substance use disorders, eating disorders, depression and other mood disorders. Learners will take a deep look at the needs of the abused child, the grieving child, suicidal students, and those who engage in non-suicidal self-injurious behaviors from the perspective of prevention, intervention, and ongoing support. Learners will closely examine their views and experiences regarding behavioral and mental health, define strategies, and develop tools to create a climate of acceptance, understanding, and change for our youth who are dealing with behavioral and mental health concerns.

EDUC 512 - Wellness: Research, Practices and Policies for Teachers and Students

  • Tuition of $1,590.00 will be paid on Neumann's website via MyNU E-bill. If you are a current Masters degree student, click here to register.
  • Dates: Summer 2- May 17 - June 30, 2021, Virtual Synchronous meetings- 6/5, 6/19, 6/25, 6/28, 9:30am to 3:30pm, lunch 12pm-1pm
  • Professors: Jessie McFarland and Chris Engler
  • Location: Virtual via Zoom

There is a growing body of research noting correlation between academic success and the emotional/physical health of students. Given the growing importance of attending to the whole child, this course has been developed to increase K-12 educators’ knowledge of health and wellness practices and research. The course will ask participants to assess their own beliefs and practices in health and wellness and will encourage a self-change model. The course is based on two theoretical structures: one being that wellness is composed of physical, emotional, mental, social and spiritual health. The second structure is Erickson’s stages of development and their usage in directing our choices for growth throughout our lives. 

EDUC 505 - Culturally Responsive Teaching (Required Course- Reserved for Masters degree students until May 1st)

  • Tuition of $1,590.00 will be paid on Neumann's website via MyNU E-bill. If you are a current Masters degree student, click here to register.
  • Dates: Summer 2- May 17 - June 30, 2021, Virtual Synchronous meetings- 6/6, 6/20, 6/22, 6/27, 9:30am to 3:30pm, lunch 12pm-1pm
  • Professors: Dawn Mader and Deb Moore
  • Location: Virtual via Zoom

This course will include providing students with a framework for becoming culturally responsive teachers.  An assortment of topics that reflects cultural diversity in education, including a historical overview of programs for students from linguistically and culturally diverse backgrounds, contemporary multicultural and bilingual education, and education for social justice and equity are addressed. This course, through the use of varied literature, relating to issues of diversity will focus on strategies that will ensure all students are achieving their fullest potential. Gaining insights into the interconnection between the diversity of students and the process of teaching will be critical to your continued success as a teacher in the 21st-century classroom.

Summer Term 3 - July 6 - August 18, 2021 - IN-PERSON (reassessed on June 1st)

EDUC 524 - Building a Classroom Community (Required course- Reserved for Masters Students until June 15th)

  • Tuition of $1,590.00 will be paid on Neumann's website via MyNU E-bill. If you are a current Masters degree student, click here to register.
  • Dates: Summer 3- July 6 - August 18, 2021, In-person meetings- 7/7, 7/8, 7/26, 8/9, 8am-4:30pm
  • Professors: Thom Stecher and Chris Engler
  • Location: Franklin Commons, Phoenixville, PA
This class is full.

This course is designed to address the most critical issues in schools today - climate and community. Respect for self and others has been documented by research over the past twenty-five years as being lacking in children with developmental, behavioral, and learning problems. It is impossible to teach and learn successfully in an environment that is less than safe. Educators K through 12 are invited to participate in this highly experiential classroom community-building course. We will work through a developmental program designed to identify, model, and practice strategies for team, group, and community building, self-respect, and social skill-building.

EDUC 535 - Effective Questioning: Applying Brain Research and Bloom’s Taxonomy (K-12)

  • Tuition of $1,590.00 will be paid on Neumann's website via MyNU E-bill. If you are a current Masters degree student, click here to register.
  • Dates: Summer 3- July 6 - August 18, 2021, In-person meetings- 7/13, 7/27, 7/28, 8/10, 8am-4:30pm
  • Professors: Pam Gregg
  • Location: Franklin Commons, Phoenixville, PA

How can we engage students and get them to ask the right questions and think about their thinking? Teachers and their students need to be more in tune with the questions they ask themselves and others. When we get students to think about their thinking, they become more active learners. This activity-based course will allow teachers to delve deeper rather than broader in the curricula and will update teachers on several methods of effective questioning, incorporate Bloom’s Taxonomy into the everyday curricula, and manage higher-level questioning with varying student abilities.

EDUC 540 - Inclusion

  • Tuition of $1,590.00 will be paid on Neumann's website via MyNU E-bill. If you are a current Masters degree student, click here to register.
  • Dates: Summer 3- July 6 - August 18, 2021, In-person meetings- 7/14, 7/15, 7/29, 8/11, 8am-4:30pm
  • Professors: Scott Heydt
  • Location: Franklin Commons, Phoenixville, PA

This course will prepare participants to balance the ever-increasing responsibilities of educating a continually changing, diverse learning population. Particular emphasis will be placed on the inclusion of various special needs students; including those with physical, emotional, mental, and social differences. Teachers will develop the investigative, decision-making, and reflective teaching skills needed to work with all diverse learners. We will experientially work on increasing engagement and student achievement. The role of assessment and evaluation will also be included. This experiential course will challenge participants physically, socially, mentally, and emotionally.

EDUC 528 - Understanding and Intervening with At-Risk Youth Behaviors (Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Wellness Endorsement course)

  • Tuition of $1,590.00 will be paid on Neumann's website via MyNU E-bill. If you are a current Masters degree student, click here to register.
  • Dates: Summer 3- July 6 - August 18, 2021, In-person meetings- 7/16, 7/17, 8/6, 8/13, 8am-4:30pm
  • Professors: Dr. 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.