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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Summer 2018

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

  • 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: May 14 – July 1, 2018 In class meeting dates- 5/19, 6/2, 6/18, 6/19
  • Professors: Alex Fizz and Whit Yost
  • Location: Franklin Commons, Phoenixville, PA

Registration period has ended.

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 505 - Culturally Responsive Teaching

  • 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: May 28 – July 8, 2018 In class meeting dates- 6/3, 6/20, 6/21, 7/3
  • Professors: Krista Leh and Salina Talley
  • Location: Franklin Commons, Phoenixville, PA

Registration period has ended.

This course will include provide students with a framework for becoming culturally responsive teachers.  An assortment of topics that reflects cultural diversity in education, including an 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 process of teaching will be critical to your continued success as a teacher in the 21st century classroom.
 

EDUC 512 - Wellness: Research, Practices and Policies for Teachers and 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: June 11 – July 22, 2018 In class meeting dates- 6/25, 6/26, 7/2, 7/9
  • Professors: Thom Stecher, Chris Engler, and Jessie McFarland
  • Location: Franklin Commons, Phoenixville, PA

This course is full. Please add yourself to the waiting list. If a spot opens, we will contact you.

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 506 - School Policy and Law

  • 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: June 25 – August 5, 2018 In class meeting dates- 7/2, 7/3, 7/23, 7/24
  • Professors: Alex Fizz
  • Location: Archbishop Wood High School, Warminster, PA

In this course, the philosophical bases and legal structures of educational policymaking are studied. Students, as educators, develop their own philosophies of education and examine the underlying philosophical assumptions of major educational policies and practices. The course also prepares teachers to understand the legal structures that determine educational policies and how issues of equity affect the implementation of those policies. This level of understanding is necessary in order for teachers to be knowledgeable and active decision makers in their own classrooms, schools, and communities.

EDUC 565 - Differentiated Instruction with Understanding by Design

  • 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: June 25 - August 5, 2018 In class meeting dates- 6/27, 6/28, 7/23, 7/24
  • Professors: Krista Leh
  • Location: Franklin Commons, Phoenixville, PA

This course provides helpful, practical, and research based techniques for creation of a stimulating, effective classroom for all students at all levels. Participants will assess their own level of implementation of differentiated instruction, and learn how to use the understanding by design framework to deliver the curriculum to all students. Knowledge of the characteristics of students who learn at different paces and levels will be explored. Participants will study a variety of curriculum options, such as those of content, process, and product and learning styles, that further assists the implementation of differentiated lessons to optimize learning for all students, including ELL, special needs and gifted students. 

EDUC 555 - Experiential Education and Facilitation Skills

  • 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: July 9 – August 19, 2018 In class meeting dates- 7/18, 7/19, 8/8, 8/9
  • Professors: Alex Fizz and Christian Stecher
  • Location: Franklin Commons, Phoenixville, PA

Experiential Education and Facilitation Skills Experiential education has its roots in ancient history when all students were primarily taught through the modeling and practice of important life skills. This form of learning is an active, creative, “doing” mode of acquiring skills that can and will be used long after the initial individuals role of student has concluded. In this class we will use a “laboratory for learning” format. We will follow an experiential learning cycle with emphasis on experiencing, sharing, processing, learning, and application. We will practice this format for the learning of curricular content and social skill development.

EDUC 524 - Building a Classroom Community (Required course)

  • 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: July 9 – August 19, 2018 In Class Meeting dates 7/16, 7/17, 8/6, 8/7
  • Professors: Thom Stecher and Chris Engler
  • Location: Franklin Commons, Phoenixville, PA

This course is full. Please add yourself to the waiting list and you will contacted as soon as there is an opening.

This course is designed to address the most critical issues in schools today - climate and community. Respect for self and others have 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.

Fall 2018

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

  • Tuition of $1,500.00 will be invoiced directly by Neumann University. You may use the WebAdvisor system to make your payment online: https://wa.neumann.edu
  • Dates: September 3 – October 28, 2018. In person meeting dates- 9/8, 9/22, 10/6, 10/20
  • Professors: Alex Fizz
  • Location: Franklin Commons, Phoenixville, 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.

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

  • Tuition of $1,500.00 will be invoiced directly by Neumann University. You may use the WebAdvisor system to make your payment online: https://wa.neumann.edu
  • Dates: September 3 – October 28, 2018. In person meeting dates- 9/9, 9/16, 9/30, 10/14
  • 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 537 - Increasing Student Engagement: The Heart and Soul of a Successful Classroom

  • Tuition of $1,500.00 will be invoiced directly by Neumann University. You may use the WebAdvisor system to make your payment online: https://wa.neumann.edu
  • Dates: September 10 - November 4, 2018. In class meeting dates- 9/15, 9/29, 10/13, 10/27
  • Professors: Chris Palochak and Mark Eisenhuth
  • Location: Franklin Commons, Phoenixville, PA

This course is designed to have participants experience and develop strategies for improving student engagement in their classrooms. Particular emphasis will be placed on activities and strategies for developing, maintaining and increasing student engagement and ultimately student achievement. We will examine and adopt a set of total participation techniques and movement activities for the classroom. We will share our individual expertise, explore current research and draw upon our collective experiences and talents to build a collection of strategies that will ensure increased student engagement in your classroom. You will leave this class with a repertoire of strategies that can be used in your classroom at 7:30 AM on Monday morning. 

EDUC 564 - Enhancing Brain Development in Children

  • Tuition of $1,500.00 will be invoiced directly by Neumann University. You may use the WebAdvisor system to make your payment online: https://wa.neumann.edu
  • Dates: September 24 – December 2, 2018. In class meeting dates- 9/26, 10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24, 11/7, 11/14, 11/28 (4:30pm-8:30pm)
  • Professors: Alex Fizz
  • Location: Franklin Commons, Phoenixville, PA

Are the brains of children different today than they were in the past? According to research and the observations of many educators, the answer is a resounding “yes”. Cognitive neuroscience is finding that today's fast-paced, stressful, multi-tasking, media-driven life is altering the way young minds develop, function, remember, and process information. This course is based on the readings of current research, books and articles and will explore how these changes affect learning, memory and may contribute to social and emotional problems. The ultimate goal of this course is to help teachers, administrators, support staff, and parents understand these changes and what they can do to enhance brain development and counteract the effects of our fast paced society. 

EDUC 524 - Building a Classroom Community

  • Tuition of $1,500.00 will be invoiced directly by Neumann University. You may use the WebAdvisor system to make your payment online: https://wa.neumann.edu
  • Dates: October 1 – December 2, 2018. In class meeting dates- 10/4, 10/11, 10/18, 10/25, 11/1, 11/8, 11/15, 11/29 (4:30pm-8:30pm)
  • Professors: Thom Stecher, Chris Engler and Sheila Kennedy
  • Location: Bonner and Prendergast High School, Drexel Hill, PA

This course is designed to address the most critical issues in schools today - climate and community. Respect for self and others have 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 534 - Project Based Learning- Crafting the Menu and Discovering the Secret Ingredients Needed to Create a Successful Project Based Learning Classroom

  • Tuition of $1,500.00 will be invoiced directly by Neumann University. You may use the WebAdvisor system to make your payment online: https://wa.neumann.edu
  • Dates: October 8 – December 2, 2018. In class meeting dates- 10/9, 10/16, 10/23, 10/30, 11/6, 11/13, 11/20, 11/27 (4:30pm-8:30pm)
  • Professors: Scott Heydt and Jessie McFarland
  • Location: Archbishop Wood High School, Warminster, PA

This course is grounded in the belief that students learn best by doing. Project Based Learning engages students of all learning styles and ability levels. The process approaches complex questions that encourage independent thought, inquiry, and critical thinking skills through a rigorous and standards-based experience. Project Based Learning is not simply the end of a unit; rather, it is the holistic academic experience. 

Through an actual, immersive Project Based Learning experience, course participants will discover how to create a driving question, how to design authentic assessments, how to align process with standards, how to integrate 21st century skills, how to engage student voice and choice, and how to manage an effective project. Participants will not only experience Project Based Learning first-hand but will also have explicit time to develop project based learning experiences for their students.

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

  • Tuition of $1,500.00 will be invoiced directly by Neumann University. You may use the WebAdvisor system to make your payment online: https://wa.neumann.edu
  • Dates: October 15 – December 9, 2018. In class meeting dates- 10/21, 11/4, 11/18, 12/2
  • 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 520 - Curriculum Design and Evaluation (Required course- Reserved for Masters Students)

  • Tuition of $1,500.00 will be invoiced directly by Neumann University. You may use the WebAdvisor system to make your payment online: https://wa.neumann.edu
  • Dates: October 22 – December 16, 2018. In class meeting dates- 10/28, 11/11, 11/18, 12/9
  • Professors: Lenore O'Donnell and Sheila Kennedy
  • Location: Franklin Commons, Phoenixville, PA

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.

EDUC 584 - Multiple Intelligences: Real Genius at Play

  • Tuition of $1,500.00 will be invoiced directly by Neumann University. You may use the WebAdvisor system to make your payment online: https://wa.neumann.edu
  • Dates: October 22 – December 16, 2018. In class meeting dates- 10/27, 11/10, 11/17, 12/8
  • Professors: Thom Stecher and Sheila Kennedy
  • Location: Franklin Commons, Phoenixville, PA

This course is designed to have participants experience the multiple intelligences as researched by Gardener, Armstrong and Buzan. Particular emphasis will be placed on activities, experiential learning and strategies for developing logic, linguistics, music, spatial, kinesthetic, natural, interpersonal and intrapersonal intelligence. The course will include assessments, resources and challenging growth opportunities. Students will celebrate intelligence strengths and provide interventions in areas of weakness. They will also explore the human characteristics of genius and draw from ten historical figures as role models for our class discussions.