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 2022 Term 2- May 16 - June 29, 2022

EDUC 505 - Culturally Responsive Teaching (Required Course- NOW OPEN TO ALL STUDENTS)

  • Tuition of $1,650.00 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 16 - June 29, 2022, In-person meeting dates- 5/21, 6/5, 6/11, 6/24 - 8am to 4:30pm
  • Professors: Dawn Mader and Deb Moore
  • Location: Franklin Commons, Phoenixville, PA

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.

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 $1,650.00 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 16 - June 29, 2022, In-person meeting dates- 5/22, 6/12, 6/20, 6/21 - 8am to 4:30pm
  • Professors: Vicki Morgan
  • Location: Franklin Commons, Phoenixville, PA

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 $1,650.00 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 16 - June 29, 2022, In-person meeting dates- 6/4, 6/18, 6/27, 6/28 - 8am to 4:30pm
  • Professors: Jessie McFarland and Chris Engler
  • Location: Franklin Commons, Phoenixville, PA

There is a growing body of research noting the 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. 

Summer 2022 Term 3- July 6 - August 18, 2022

EDUC 537 - Increasing Student Engagement: The Heart and Soul of a Successful Classroom

  • Tuition of $1,650.00 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, 2022, In-person meeting dates- 7/20, 7/21, 8/11, 8/16 - 8am to 4:30pm
  • 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 565 - Differentiated Instruction

  • Tuition of $1,650.00 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, 2022, In-person meeting dates- 7/11, 7/25, 7/26, 8/8 - 8am to 4:30pm
  • Professors: Lenore O'Donnell
  • Location: Franklin Commons, Phoenixville, PA

This course provides helpful, practical, and research-based techniques for the 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, 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 524 - Building a Classroom Community (open to all students)

  • Tuition of $1,650.00 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, 2022, In-person meeting dates- 7/13, 8/1, 8/2, 8/15- 8am to 4:30pm
  • Professors: Thom Stecher and Chris Engler
  • Location: Franklin Commons, Phoenixville, PA

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

  • Tuition of $1,650.00 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, 2022, In-person meeting dates- 7/8, 7/22, 7/23, 8/12 - 8am to 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.