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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Spring 2020

EDUC 524 - Building a Classroom Community (Reserved for Masters Students until 12/15 then course will open to ALL students)

  • Tuition of $1,590.00 will be invoiced directly by Neumann University. You may use the WebAdvisor system to make your payment online: https://wa.neumann.edu
  • Dates: January 6 - March 1, 2020, In class meeting dates- 1/11, 1/25, 2/8, 2/22
  • 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 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 528 - Understanding and Intervening with At Risk Youth Behaviors (Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Wellness Endorsement course)

  • Tuition of $1,590.00 will be invoiced directly by Neumann University. You may use the WebAdvisor system to make your payment online: https://wa.neumann.edu
  • Dates: January 6 - March 1, 2020, In class meeting dates- 1/12, 1/26, 2/9, 2/23
  • Professors: Scott Heydt and Denae Thomas
  • 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.

EDUC 565 - Differentiated Instruction

  • Tuition of $1,590.00 will be invoiced directly by Neumann University. You may use the WebAdvisor system to make your payment online: https://wa.neumann.edu
  • Dates: January 13 - March 8, 2020, In class meeting dates- 1/18, 1/25, 2/1, 2/15
  • Professors: Lenore O'Donnell
  • 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 537 - Increasing Student Engagement: The Heart and Soul of a Successful Classroom

  • Tuition of $1,590.00 will be invoiced directly by Neumann University. You may use the WebAdvisor system to make your payment online: https://wa.neumann.edu
  • Dates: January 13 - March 8, 2020, In class meeting dates- 1/19, 2/2, 2/16, 3/1
  • Professors: Mark Eisenhuth and Chris Palochak
  • 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 583 - Character Education: Social and Emotional Learning

  • Tuition of $1,590.00 will be invoiced directly by Neumann University. You may use the WebAdvisor system to make your payment online: https://wa.neumann.edu
  • Dates: March 2 - May 3, 2020, In class meeting dates- 3/7, 3/21, 4/4, 4/18
  • Professors: Thom Stecher and Whit Yost
  • Location: Franklin Commons, Phoenixville, PA

This course is designed to help teachers develop students of character using classic pieces of literature, research in social and emotional learning, and character education. Through in-depth mental, emotional, physical, social and spiritual study, we will examine the pillars of character education and the great teachers of human history. We will practice and discuss the lessons the wisest of our ancestral scholars have to teach us today. We will read, experience and reflect on the writings (prose, poetry, plays) of some of the greatest hearts and minds of the past centuries. Participants will be asked to be self reflective and involved in all experiential learning.

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

  • Tuition of $1,590.00 will be invoiced directly by Neumann University. You may use the WebAdvisor system to make your payment online: https://wa.neumann.edu
  • Dates: March 2 - May 3, 2020, In class meeting dates- 3/8, 3/22, 4/5, 4/26
  • Professors: Scott Heydt and Matt Moyer
  • 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 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 invoiced directly by Neumann University. You may use the WebAdvisor system to make your payment online: https://wa.neumann.edu
  • Dates: March 9 - May 10, 2020, In class meeting dates- 3/14, 3/28, 4/25, 5/2
  • Professors: Vicki Morgan and Jessie McFarland
  • 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 506 - School Policy and Law (Reserved for Masters Students until 12/15 then course will open to ALL students)

  • Tuition of $1,590.00 will be invoiced directly by Neumann University. You may use the WebAdvisor system to make your payment online: https://wa.neumann.edu
  • Dates: March 9 - May 10, 2020, In class meeting dates- 3/15, 3/29, 4/19, 5/3
  • Professors: Dr. Amy Mangano and David Lieberman
  • 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.