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 Term 1 - January 9 - March 5, 2023

EDUC 555 - Experiential Education and Facilitation Skills

  • Tuition of $1,710.00 will be paid on Neumann's website via MyNU E-bill. If you are a current Masters degree student, click here to register.
  • Dates: Spring 1- January 9 - March 5, 2023, In-person meeting dates- 1/14, 1/28, 2/11, 2/25 - 8am to 4:30pm
  • Professors: Neill Edwards and Christian Stecher
  • Location: Franklin Commons, Phoenixville, PA

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 a 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 505 - Culturally Responsive Teaching (Required Course)

  • Tuition of $1,710.00 will be paid on Neumann's website via MyNU E-bill. If you are a current Masters degree student, click here to register.
  • Dates: Spring 1- January 9 - March 5, 2023, In-person meeting dates- 1/15, 1/29, 2/12, 2/26 - 8am to 4:30pm
  • Professors: Deb Moore and Dawn Mader
  • 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 536 - Courage to Teach: Integrity, Authenticity, and Vulnerability

  • Tuition of $1,710.00 will be paid on Neumann's website via MyNU E-bill. If you are a current Masters degree student, click here to register.
  • Dates: Spring 1- January 9 - March 5, 2023, In-person meeting dates- 1/21, 2/4, 2/18, 3/4 - 8am to 4:30pm
  • Professors: Thom Stecher
  • Location: Franklin Commons, Phoenixville, PA

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 510 - Action Research Design and Evaluation (Required course)

  • Tuition of $1,710.00 will be paid on Neumann's website via MyNU E-bill. If you are a current Masters degree student, click here to register.
  • Dates: Spring 1- January 9 - March 5, 2023, In-person meeting dates- 1/22, 2/5, 2/19, 3/5 - 8am to 4:30pm
  • Professors: Spring 1- January 9 - March 5, 2023, In-person meeting dates- 1/22, 2/5, 2/19, 3/5 - 8am to 4:30pm
  • Location: Franklin Commons, Phoenixville, PA

This course is designed to guide students through the process of 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.

Spring Term 2 - March 6 - April 30, 2023

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

  • Tuition of $1,710.00 will be paid on Neumann's website via MyNU E-bill. If you are a current Masters degree student, click here to register.
  • Dates: Spring 2- March 6 - April 30, 2023, In-person meeting dates- 3/11, 3/25, 4/15, 4/23 - 8am to 4:30pm
  • Professors: Pam Gregg
  • Location: Franklin Commons, Phoenixville, PA

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 532 - Fostering Resilience and Building Assets in Our At-Risk Students (Social Emotional and Behavioral Wellness Endorsement course)

  • Tuition of $1,710.00 will be paid on Neumann's website via MyNU E-bill. If you are a current Masters degree student, click here to register.
  • Dates: Spring 2- March 6 - April 30, 2023, In-person meeting dates- 3/12, 3/26, 4/2, 4/16 - 8am to 4:30pm
  • Professors: Jessie McFarland and Scott Heydt
  • 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 and toward the Strengths/Asset Model.  Drawing on research from Nan Henderson, Mike Milstein, Robert Brooks, and Bonnie Benard, the attributes seen in resilient students will be identified and specific strategies for fostering these traits in all students will be taught.

EDUC 506 - School Policy and Law (Required course)

  • Tuition of $1,710.00 will be paid on Neumann's website via MyNU E-bill. If you are a current Masters degree student, click here to register.
  • Dates: Spring 2- March 6 - April 30, 2023, In-person meeting dates- 3/18, 4/1, 4/22, 4/29 - 8am to 4:30pm
  • Professors: David Lieberman and Dr. Amy Mangano
  • 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.