Masters Degree Courses: Schedule

Our convenient courses will fit your schedule!

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 Mini Term 1 - August 31 - October 25, 2020

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

  • Tuition of $1,590.00 will be paid on Neumann's website via MyNU E-bill. If you are a current Masters degree student, click here to register.
  • Dates: Mini Term 1 - August 31 - October 25, 2020, Virtual Synchronous meetings- 9/12, 9/26, 10/10, 10/24, Morning Session- 9:30am to 12pm, Afternoon Session- 1pm to 3:30pm
  • Professors: Thom Stecher
  • Location: Virtual via Zoom

Registration period has ended.

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 585 - 7 Habits of Effective Educators

  • Tuition of $1,590.00 will be paid on Neumann's website via MyNU E-bill. If you are a current Masters degree student, click here to register.
  • Dates: Mini Term 1 - August 31 - October 25, 2020, Virtual Synchronous meetings- 9/12, 9/19, 10/3, 10/17, Morning Session- 9:30am to 12pm, Afternoon Session- 1pm to 3:30pm
  • Professors: Lisa Roth-Walter and Kim Garvey
  • Location: Virtual via Zoom

Registration period has ended.

This course is designed to help educators become more effective in their personal and professional lives, thus enhancing the lives of their students. We will use Stephen R. Coveys, # 1 National Bestseller, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People as the framework for the course. Concepts of study include: personal growth, interpersonal leadership, empathetic communication, creative cooperation and balanced self-renewal. There will be an emphasis on how these concepts transcend into our classrooms and provide the foundation for how we embrace teaching and learning. We will examine how our habits shape our lives and define our character. We will explore our current level of stress and how our viewpoints on our circle of influence vs. circle of control affect the outcome of each situation. We will examine how continuous learning is part of what keeps us feeling empowered in our relationships and accomplished in our work. Through highly engaging, interactive and reflective activities, this course is bound to transform the lives of each participant, while simultaneously, giving you tools to take back to your classrooms.

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

  • Tuition of $1,590.00 will be paid on Neumann's website via MyNU E-bill. If you are a current Masters degree student, click here to register.
  • Dates: Mini Term 1 - August 31 - October 25, 2020, Virtual Synchronous meetings- 9/13, 9/20, 10/4, 10/18, Morning Session- 9:30am to 12pm, Afternoon Session- 1pm to 3:30pm
  • Professors: Mark Eisenhuth and Chris Palochak
  • Location: Virtual via Zoom

Registration period has ended.

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 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 paid on Neumann's website via MyNU E-bill. If you are a current Masters degree student, click here to register.
  • Dates: Mini Term 1 - August 31 - October 25, 2020, Virtual Synchronous meetings- 9/13, 9/27, 10/11, 10/25, Morning Session- 9:30am to 12pm, Afternoon Session- 1pm to 3:30pm
  • Professors: Vicki Morgan
  • Location: Virtual via Zoom

Registration period has ended.

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.

Fall Mini Term 2 - October 26 - December 20, 2020

EDUC 587 - Closing the Achievement Gap (Recommended prerequisite​ - EDUC 505- Culturally Responsive Teaching)

  • Tuition of $1,590.00 will be paid on Neumann's website via MyNU E-bill. If you are a current Masters degree student, click here to register.
  • Dates: Mini Term 2 - October 26 - December 20, 2020, Virtual Synchronous meetings- 10/31, 11/7, 11/21, 12/12, Morning Session- 9:30am to 12pm, Afternoon Session- 1pm to 3:30pm
  • Professors: Krista Leh
  • Location: Virtual via Zoom

Recommended prerequisite​ - EDUC 505- Culturally Responsive Teaching

The course is designed to help teachers, administrators, and support staff eliminate the achievement gap. Our goal is to present a comprehensive K-12 model that ensures racial and social differences in academic achievement are eliminated. The program will focus on the academic, social and emotional learning skills that improve achievement for all students. Our primary philosophy is respect, responsibility and relationships are essential for academics to be relevant to all learners. Until we address the relevance of academics to all learners we can never be successful with academic rigor.

EDUC 574 - Cultivating 21st Century Skills: Whole Brain Learning

  • Tuition of $1,590.00 will be paid on Neumann's website via MyNU E-bill. If you are a current Masters degree student, click here to register.
  • Dates: Mini Term 2 - October 26 - December 20, 2020, Virtual Synchronous meetings- 11/1, 11/15, 12/6, 12/20, Morning Session- 9:30am to 12pm, Afternoon Session- 1pm to 3:30pm
  • Professors: Jessie McFarland and Sheila Kennedy
  • Location: Virtual via Zoom

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 520 - Curriculum Design and Evaluation (Required course- Reserved for Masters students)

  • Tuition of $1,590.00 will be paid on Neumann's website via MyNU E-bill. If you are a current Masters degree student, click here to register.
  • Dates: Mini Term 2 - October 26 - December 20, 2020, Virtual Synchronous meetings- 11/1, 11/8, 11/22, 12/13, Morning Session- 9:30am to 12pm, Afternoon Session- 1pm to 3:30pm
  • Professors: Dr. Melissa Patschke
  • Location: Virtual via Zoom

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

  • Tuition of $1,590.00 will be paid on Neumann's website via MyNU E-bill. If you are a current Masters degree student, click here to register.
  • Dates: Mini Term 2 - October 26 - December 20, 2020, Virtual Synchronous meetings- 10/31, 11/14, 12/5, 12/19, Morning Session- 9:30am to 12pm, Afternoon Session- 1pm to 3:30pm
  • Professors: Scott Heydt and Denae Thomas
  • Location: Virtual via Zoom

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.