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 Mini Term 1 - January 11 - March 7, 2021

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 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- January 11 - March 7, 2021, Virtual Synchronous meetings- 1/16, 1/30, 2/13, 2/27, 9:30am to 3:30pm, lunch 12pm-1pm
  • Professors: Dr. Amy Mangano and David Lieberman
  • Location: Virtual via Zoom

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 530 - Adverse Childhood Experiences, Trauma, and Mental Illness in 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- January 11 - March 7, 2021, Virtual Synchronous meetings- 1/17, 1/31, 2/14, 2/28, 9:30am to 3:30pm, lunch 12pm-1pm
  • Professors: Vicki Morgan
  • Location: Virtual via Zoom

This course is designed to explore the impact of traumatic experiences on children and adolescents across multiple stages of development. In addition this course will identify how Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) can affect the ability of children to learn in a variety of settings. Through engagement and participation in experiences, learners will gain a comprehensive understanding of the impacts of trauma and ACEs and attain a variety of strategies to implement in the school setting to effectively contain and manage maladaptive emotional and physical responses.

EDUC 565 - Differentiated Instruction

  • 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- January 11 - March 7, 2021, Virtual Synchronous meetings- 1/23, 2/6, 2/20, 3/6, 9:30am to 3:30pm, lunch 12pm-1pm
  • Professors: Pam Gregg
  • Location: Virtual via Zoom

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 564 - Enhancing Brain Development in Children

  • 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- January 11 - March 7, 2021, Virtual Synchronous meetings- 1/24, 2/7, 2/21, 3/7, 9:30am to 3:30pm, lunch 12pm-1pm
  • Professors: Dr. Missie Patschke and Brian Aikens
  • Location: Virtual via Zoom

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. 

Spring Mini Term 2 - March 8 - May 9, 2021

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

  • 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- March 8 - May 2, 2021, Virtual Synchronous meetings- 3/13, 3/27, 4/17, 5/1, 9:30am to 3:30pm, lunch 12pm-1pm
  • Professors: Aidan Brett and Scott Heydt
  • Location: Virtual via Zoom

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

  • 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- March 8 - May 2, 2021, Virtual Synchronous meetings- 3/14, 3/28, 4/18, 5/2, 9:30am to 3:30pm, lunch 12pm-1pm
  • Professors: Mark Eisenhuth and Chris Palochak
  • Location: Virtual via Zoom

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 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- March 8 - May 9, 2021, Virtual Synchronous meetings- 3/20, 4/10, 4/24, 5/8, 9:30am to 3:30pm, lunch 12pm-1pm
  • Professors: Thom Stecher
  • Location: Virtual via Zoom

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 510 - Action Research Design and Evaluation (Required course. Reserved for Masters Students until 1/15 then course will open to ALL 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- March 8 - May 9, 2021, Virtual Synchronous meetings- 3/21, 4/11, 4/25, 5/9, 9:30am to 3:30pm, lunch 12pm-1pm
  • Professors: Dr. Richard Marchini
  • Location: Virtual via Zoom

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.