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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Summer Term 2- May 20 - July 3, 2024

EDUC 510 - Action Research Design and Evaluation (Required course)

  • Tuition of $1,800.00 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 20 - July 3, 2024, Mandatory in-person meeting dates- 6/1, 6/8, 6/24, 6/25 - 8am to 4:30pm
  • Professors: Leigh Ann Ranieri
  • Location: Franklin Commons, Phoenixville, PA

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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.

EDUC 530 - Adverse Childhood Experiences, Trauma, and Mental Illness in PK-12 Students (Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Wellness Endorsement course)

  • Tuition of $1,800.00 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 20 - July 3, 2024, Mandatory in-person meeting dates- 6/2, 6/19, 6/20, 6/26 - 8am to 4:30pm
  • Professors: Vicki Morgan
  • Location: Franklin Commons, Phoenixville, PA

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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.

This course is part of the 12-credit Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Wellness Endorsement. It is also an Elective course in the Masters in Social Emotional Learning degree program.

EDUC 512 - Wellness: Research, Practices and Policies for Teachers and Students

  • Tuition of $1,800.00 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 20 - July 3, 2024, Mandatory in-person meeting dates- 6/9, 6/21, 6/27, 6/28 - 8am to 4:30pm
  • Professors: Chris Engler and Jessie McFarland
  • Location: Franklin Commons, Phoenixville, PA

Registration period has ended.

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 Term 3- July 8 - August 20, 2024

EDUC 587 - Closing the Achievement Gap

  • Tuition of $1,800.00 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 8 - August 20, 2024, Mandatory in-person meeting dates- 7/10, 7/22, 7/23, 8/6 - 8am to 4:30pm
  • Professors: Deb Moore and Tess Lutz
  • Location: Franklin Commons, Phoenixville, PA

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 524 - Building a Classroom Community (Required Course)

  • Tuition of $1,800.00 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 8 - August 20, 2024, Mandatory in-person meeting dates- 7/8, 7/29, 7/30, 8/12 - 8am to 4:30pm
  • Professors: Thom Stecher and Chris Engler
  • Location: Franklin Commons, Phoenixville, PA

What is essential in building a classroom community? What is your greatest hope for your students? What is essential in a teacher and student relationship? In over 50 years in education, Thom Stecher has learned that these are the integral questions in education. In our time together, we will explore connection, community, and love, which must be the foundation of all classrooms. Educators K through 12 are invited to participate in this highly experiential classroom community-building course.

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

  • Tuition of $1,800.00 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 8 - August 20, 2024, Mandatory in-person meeting dates- 7/9, 7/24, 7/25, 8/13 - 8am to 4:30pm
  • Professors: Scott Heydt and Jessie McFarland
  • 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 565 - Differentiated Instruction

  • Tuition of $1,800.00 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 8 - August 20, 2024, Mandatory in-person meeting dates- 7/15, 7/16, 7/31, 8/5 - 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.  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 ELD, special needs, and gifted students.