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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Fall 2019

EDUC 530 - Adverse Childhood Experiences, Trauma, and Mental Illness in Pre K – 12 Students (Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Wellness Endorsement course)

  • 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: August 26 - October 20, 2019 In class meeting dates- 9/7, 9/14, 9/28, 10/12
  • Professors: Vicki Morgan
  • Location: Chester County Intermediate Unit, Downingtown, PA

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This course is designed to explore the impact of traumatic experiences on children and adolescents across multiple stages of development. In addition this course will identify how Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) can affect the ability for children to learn in a variety of settings. Through engagement and participation in experiences, learners will gain a comprehensive understanding of the impacts of trauma and ACEs and attain a variety of strategies to implement in the school setting to effectively contain and manage maladaptive emotional and physical responses.

EDUC 500 - Philosophical Foundations for Instructional Leadership

  • 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: August 26 - October 20, 2019 In class meeting dates- 9/8, 9/15, 9/29, 10/13
  • Professors: Mark Eisenhuth and Chris Palochak
  • Location: Franklin Commons, Phoenixville, PA

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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 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 16 - November 10, 2019 In class meeting dates- 9/21, 10/5, 10/19, 11/2
  • Professors: Dr. Missie Patschke and Brian Aikens
  • Location: Franklin Commons, Phoenixville, PA

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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 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: September 16 - November 10, 2019 In class meeting dates- 9/22, 10/6, 10/20, 11/3
  • Professors: Jessie McFarland and Stacia Bickell
  • Location: Franklin Commons, Phoenixville, PA

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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.

EDUC 555 - Experiential Education and Facilitation Skills

  • 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 7 - December 8, 2019 In class meeting dates- 10/12, 10/26, 11/9, 11/23
  • Professors: Thom Stecher, Brad Lamison, and Christian Stecher
  • Location: Franklin Commons, Phoenixville, PA

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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 540 - Inclusion

  • 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 21 - December 15, 2019 In class meeting dates- 10/27, 11/10, 11/17, 12/8
  • Professors: David Lieberman, Kim Murphy, and Amy Mangano
  • 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 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 520 - Curriculum Design and Evaluation

  • 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 21 - December 15, 2019 In class meeting dates- 10/26, 11/16, 11/24, 12/7
  • Professors: Lenore O'Donnell
  • 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 532 - Fostering Resilience and Building Assets in Our At-Risk Students (Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Wellness Endorsement course)

  • 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 21 - December 15, 2019 In class meeting dates- 10/27, 11/10, 11/24, 12/8
  • Professors: Scott Heydt and Jessie McFarland
  • Location: Delaware County Intermediate Unit, Morton, 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.