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 2017

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

  • Tuition of $900.00 will be invoiced directly by Neumann University. You may use the WebAdvisor system to make your payment online: https://wa.neumann.edu
  • Dates: June 20 - 23, 2017 class meetings. Course end date July 10, 2017
  • Professors: Chris Engler
  • Location: Archbishop Wood High School, Warminster, PA

This course is full

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

  • Tuition of $900.00 will be invoiced directly by Neumann University. You may use the WebAdvisor system to make your payment online: https://wa.neumann.edu
  • Dates: June 26 - 29, 2017 class meetings. Course end date July 14, 2017.
  • Professors: Chris Palochak and Mark Eisenhuth
  • Location: Franklin Commons, Phoenixville, PA

This course is full.

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

  • Tuition of $900.00 will be invoiced directly by Neumann University. You may use the WebAdvisor system to make your payment online: https://wa.neumann.edu
  • Dates: June 26 - 29, 2017 class meetings. Course end date July 14, 2017.
  • Professors: Thom Stecher, Chris Engler, and Irwin Wolfert
  • Location: Franklin Commons, Phoenixville, PA

This course is full.

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 Students)

  • Tuition of $900.00 will be invoiced directly by Neumann University. You may use the WebAdvisor system to make your payment online: https://wa.neumann.edu
  • Dates: July 10 - 13, 2017 class meetings. Course end date July 28, 2017.
  • Professors: Krista Leh and Salina Talley
  • Location: Franklin Commons, Phoenixville, PA

This course is full

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

  • Tuition of $900.00 will be invoiced directly by Neumann University. You may use the WebAdvisor system to make your payment online: https://wa.neumann.edu
  • Dates: July 17 - 20, 2017 class meetings. Course end date August 4, 2017.
  • Professors: Jim Duey and Pam Gregg
  • Location: Franklin Commons, Phoenixville, PA

This course is full

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 550 - Helping To Guide Students Through Loss and Life Transitions

  • Tuition of $900.00 will be invoiced directly by Neumann University. You may use the WebAdvisor system to make your payment online: https://wa.neumann.edu
  • Dates: July 24 -27, 2017 class meetings. Course end date August 11, 2017.
  • Professors: Stacia Hang
  • Location: Franklin Commons, Phoenixville, PA

This course is full

This course is designed to help teachers and school counselors understand and support students who are dealing with loss or significant changes in their lives. We will explore the common experience of these students, and how our response as school professionals can help or hinder as they adjust to a new life. Understanding the needs of grieving students and the impact of loss on their academic, emotional, social and behavioral functioning allows us to respond in ways that can significantly help in their healing process.

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

  • Tuition of $900.00 will be invoiced directly by Neumann University. You may use the WebAdvisor system to make your payment online: https://wa.neumann.edu
  • Dates: July 31 - August 3, 2017 class meetings. Course end date August 18, 2017
  • Professors: Krista Leh and Lenore O'Donnell
  • Location: Franklin Commons, Phoenixville, PA

This course is full

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

  • Tuition of $900.00 will be invoiced directly by Neumann University. You may use the WebAdvisor system to make your payment online: https://wa.neumann.edu
  • Dates: August 7 - 10, 2017 class meetings. Course end date August 25, 2017.
  • Professors: Thom Stecher and Alex Fizz
  • Location: Franklin Commons, Phoenixville, PA

This course is full

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 520 - Curriculum Design and Evaluation (Bucks County)

  • Tuition of $900.00 will be invoiced directly by Neumann University. You may use the WebAdvisor system to make your payment online: https://wa.neumann.edu
  • Dates: August 7 - 10, 2017 class meetings. Course end date August 25, 2017
  • Professors: Lenore O'Donnell
  • Location: Archbishop Wood High School, Warminster, 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.

Fall 2017

EDUC 520 - Curriculum 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: September 4 - October 29, 2017 In class meeting dates- 9/9, 9/23, 10/7, 10/21
  • 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 564 - Enhancing Brain Development in Children

  • 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: September 4 - October 29, 2017, In class meetings- 9/6, 9/13, 9/20, 9/27, 10/4, 10/11, 10/18, 10/25 (4:30-8:30pm)
  • 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 531 - Raising Rigor: Applying Close Reading Across the Curriculum in the Age of Common Core

  • 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: September 4 - October 29, 2017 In class meeting dates - 9/10, 9/24, 10/8, 10/22
  • Professors: Pam Gregg and Jim Duey
  • Location: Franklin Commons, Phoenixville, PA

What effect will the Common Core have on the children we teach? In the era of Common Core State Standards, classroom teachers across all curricular disciplines must be teachers of reading as well as content. If they can do so efficiently and purposefully, their students will be able to access the information necessary to be truly successful in all subjects. “But how do I teach reading when I am a _______ teacher? I don’t know how.” The solution: Close Reading. Close Reading techniques are easy to learn and master, have various frameworks, and lend themselves to cross-curricular applications. In this class, participants will explore the facets of close reading frameworks and discover how to apply them to multiple subject areas. By using a variety of informational and narrative texts and media on different levels, the end result will be teachers who are confident and competent with helping their students become strong readers, writers and thinkers who access, use, and apply information necessary to be successful. Participants should come to class with texts they use in their curriculum, in order to develop activities they can use immediately in their classrooms. 

EDUC 518 - Transformational Education: Effectiveness to Greatness

  • 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: September 11 - November 5, 2017 In class meetings- 9/16, 9/30, 10/14, 10/28
  • Professors: Alex Fizz, Neil Weidman, and Thom Stecher
  • Location: Franklin Commons, Phoenixville, PA

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 574 - Cultivating 21st Century Skills: Whole Brain 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: September 11 - November 5, 2017, In class meetings- 9/17, 10/1, 10/15, 10/29
  • Professors: Krista Leh and Karen Davies
  • Location: Franklin Commons, Phoenixville, PA

Success in the 21st century belongs to different learners with a very different kind of mind. The 21st century calls for creators, empathizers, artists, inventors, designers, storytellers, caregivers, counselors, and big-picture thinkers. This course will help you move your students from the information age, built on logical, linear, computer-like capabilities to the conceptual age which will be built on invention, empathy, and big picture capability. You will be immersed in six essential aptitudes as researched by Daniel Pink and Daniel Goleman: design, story, symphony, empathy, play, and meaning. Project based learning and classroom integration will be emphasized throughout the course.

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: September 11 - November 19, 2017 In class meetings- 9/12, 9/19, 9/26, 10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24, 10/31, 11/7, 11/14 (4:30-7:30pm)
  • Professors: Chris Engler
  • Location: Archbishop Wood High School, Warminster, 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 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: October 16 - December 24, 2017 In class meetings- 10/19, 10/26, 11/2, 11/9, 11/16, 11/30, 12/7, 12/14, 12/21 (4:30-7:30pm)
  • Professors: Krista Leh
  • Location: Archbishop Wood High School, Warminster, PA

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 506 - School Policy and Law (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: October 30 - December 24, 2017 In class meetings- 11/4, 11/18, 12/2, 12/16
  • Professors: Erik Orndorff and Alex Fizz
  • Location: Franklin Commons, Phoenixville, 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 537 - Increasing Student Engagement: The Heart and Soul of a Successful Classroom

  • 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: October 30 - December 24, 2017 In class meetings- 11/5, 11/19, 12/3, 12/17
  • 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.