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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Winter/Spring 2018

EDUC 583 - Character Education: Social and Emotional Learning

  • Tuition of $1,440.00 will be invoiced directly by Neumann University. You may use the WebAdvisor system to make your payment online: https://wa.neumann.edu
  • Dates: January 1 – February 25, 2018 In class meeting dates- 1/6, 1/20, 2/3, 2/17
  • Professors: Thom Stecher, Whit Yost, and Christian Stecher
  • Location: Franklin Commons, Phoenixville, PA

Registration period has ended.

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

  • Tuition of $1,440.00 will be invoiced directly by Neumann University. You may use the WebAdvisor system to make your payment online: https://wa.neumann.edu
  • Dates: January 1 – February 25, 2018 In class meeting dates- 1/7, 1/21, 2/4, 2/18
  • Professors: Krista Leh and Linda Mayger
  • Location: Franklin Commons, Phoenixville, PA

Registration period has ended.

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.

EDUC 585 - 7 Habits of Effective Educators

  • Tuition of $1,440.00 will be invoiced directly by Neumann University. You may use the WebAdvisor system to make your payment online: https://wa.neumann.edu
  • Dates: January 8 – March 4, 2018 In class meeting dates- 1/14, 1/28, 2/11, 2/25
  • Professors: Lisa Roth Walter and Peg Murr
  • Location: Franklin Commons, Phoenixville, PA

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 533 - Neo-Cortex Development: Developing Higher Order Thinking Through Problem Solving, Creativity and Play

  • Tuition of $1,440.00 will be invoiced directly by Neumann University. You may use the WebAdvisor system to make your payment online: https://wa.neumann.edu
  • Dates: February 26 – April 22, 2018 In class meeting dates- 3/4, 3/18, 4/7, 4/15
  • Professors: Chris Engler, Todd Conley, and Christian Stecher
  • Location: Franklin Commons, Phoenixville, PA

This course is full. Please put your name on the waiting list. You will be contacted if there is an opening.

Harvard Medical School research has told us for over 20 years that the neo-cortex (the adult, highly evolved thinking brain) needs to engage in problem solving, creativity and play, in order to grow and develop.  The same part of the brain that we need to pass the PSSA will only be at its best when engaged in regular problem solving, creativity, and play.  Play lies at the core of creativity and innovation.  We are built to play and we develop through play. Through problem solving and play we learn how the world works and how people interact. This class will be highly experiential with significant time spent fully engaged in problem solving, creativity and play activities for the benefit of all in class.

EDUC 500 - Philosophical Foundations for Instructional Leadership

  • Tuition of $1,440.00 will be invoiced directly by Neumann University. You may use the WebAdvisor system to make your payment online: https://wa.neumann.edu
  • Dates: March 5 – May 6, In class meeting dates- 3/10, 3/24, 4/14, 4/28
  • Professors: Alex Fizz and Dr. Melissa Patschke
  • Location: Franklin Commons, Phoenixville, PA

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 587 - Closing the Achievement Gap

  • Tuition of $1,440.00 will be invoiced directly by Neumann University. You may use the WebAdvisor system to make your payment online: https://wa.neumann.edu
  • Dates: March 5 – April 29, 2018, In class meeting dates- 3/11, 3/25, 4/8, 4/22
  • Professors: Krista Leh and Aaron Jones
  • Location: Franklin Commons, Phoenixville, PA

This course is full. Please put your name on the waiting list. You will be contacted if there is an opening.

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.

Summer 2018

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

  • Tuition of $1,440.00 will be invoiced directly by Neumann University. You may use the WebAdvisor system to make your payment online: https://wa.neumann.edu
  • Dates: May 14 – July 1, 2018 In class meeting dates- 5/19, 6/2, 6/18, 6/19
  • Professors: Alex Fizz and Whit Yost
  • 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 505 - Culturally Responsive Teaching (Required course- Reserved for Masters Students)

  • Tuition of $1,440.00 will be invoiced directly by Neumann University. You may use the WebAdvisor system to make your payment online: https://wa.neumann.edu
  • Dates: May 28 – July 8, 2018 In class meeting dates- 6/3, 6/20, 6/21, 7/3
  • Professors: Krista Leh and Salina Talley
  • Location: Franklin Commons, Phoenixville, PA

This course will include provide students with a framework for becoming culturally responsive teachers.  An assortment of topics that reflects cultural diversity in education, including an 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 process of teaching will be critical to your continued success as a teacher in the 21st century classroom.
 

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

  • Tuition of $1,440.00 will be invoiced directly by Neumann University. You may use the WebAdvisor system to make your payment online: https://wa.neumann.edu
  • Dates: June 11 – July 22, 2018 In class meeting dates- 6/25, 6/26, 7/2, 7/9
  • Professors: Thom Stecher, Chris Engler, and Jessie McFarland
  • Location: Franklin Commons, Phoenixville, PA

There is a growing body of research noting 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.

EDUC 540 - Inclusion

  • Tuition of $1,440.00 will be invoiced directly by Neumann University. You may use the WebAdvisor system to make your payment online: https://wa.neumann.edu
  • Dates: June 18 – July 29, 2018 In class meeting dates- 6/25, 6/26, 7/16, 7/17
  • Professors: Scott Heydt and Sheri Taylor Mearhoff
  • Location: Archbishop Wood High School, Warminster, PA

This course will prepare participants to balance the ever-increasing responsibilities of educating a continually changing, diverse learning population. Particular emphasis will be placed on inclusion of various special needs students; including those with physical, emotional, mental and social differences. Teachers will develop the investigative, decision-making and reflective teaching skills needed to work with all diverse learners. We will experientially work on increasing engagement and student achievement. The role of assessment and evaluation will also be included. This experiential course will challenge participants physically, socially, mentally and emotionally.

EDUC 506 - School Policy and Law

  • Tuition of $1,440.00 will be invoiced directly by Neumann University. You may use the WebAdvisor system to make your payment online: https://wa.neumann.edu
  • Dates: June 25 – August 5, 2018 In class meeting dates- 7/2, 7/3, 7/23, 7/24
  • Professors: Alex Fizz and David Lieberman
  • Location: Archbishop Wood High School, Warminster, 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.

EDUC 565 - Differentiated Instruction with Understanding by Design

  • Tuition of $1,440.00 will be invoiced directly by Neumann University. You may use the WebAdvisor system to make your payment online: https://wa.neumann.edu
  • Dates: June 25 - August 5, 2018 In class meeting dates- 6/27, 6/28, 7/23, 7/24
  • Professors: Krista Leh
  • 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 524 - Building a Classroom Community (Required course- Reserved for Masters Students)

  • Tuition of $1,440.00 will be invoiced directly by Neumann University. You may use the WebAdvisor system to make your payment online: https://wa.neumann.edu
  • Dates: July 9 – August 19, 2018 In Class Meeting dates 7/16, 7/17, 8/6, 8/7
  • 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 555 - Experiential Education and Facilitation Skills

  • Tuition of $1,440.00 will be invoiced directly by Neumann University. You may use the WebAdvisor system to make your payment online: https://wa.neumann.edu
  • Dates: July 9 – August 19, 2018 In class meeting dates- 7/18, 7/19, 8/8, 8/9
  • Professors: Alex Fizz and Christian Stecher
  • Location: Franklin Commons, Phoenixville, PA

Experiential Education and Facilitation Skills 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 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.