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.

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Fall 2019

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

  • Tuition of $1,500.00 will be invoiced directly by Neumann University. You may use the WebAdvisor system to make your payment online: https://wa.neumann.edu
  • Dates: August 26 - October 20, 2019 In class meeting dates- 9/7, 9/14, 9/28, 10/12
  • Professors: Vicki Morgan
  • Location: Chester County Intermediate Unit, Downingtown, PA

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

  • Tuition of $1,500.00 will be invoiced directly by Neumann University. You may use the WebAdvisor system to make your payment online: https://wa.neumann.edu
  • Dates: October 21 - December 15, 2019 In class meeting dates- 10/27, 11/10, 11/24, 12/8
  • Professors: Scott Heydt and Jessie McFarland
  • Location: Delaware County Intermediate Unit, Morton, 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 toward the Strengths/Asset Model. The attributes seen in resilient students will be identified and specific strategies for fostering these traits in all students will be taught. Drawing on research from Nan Henderson, Mike Milstein, Robert Brooks, and Bonnie Benard , we will generate specific and tangible ways to foster resilience in our students by identifying and strengthening their islands of competence, guiding them through rewriting negative scripts, employing real-time resilience strategies, evaluating iceberg beliefs, and identifying the intelligences needed to achieve high-level resiliency. Further, educators who take the course will immerse themselves in the research regarding the most effective ways to develop the resilient mindset, foster resilience in students, educators, and schools, the difference between constructed and discovered personalities, the necessity of sustaining biphasic traits, the role empathy plays in high-level resiliency, and the central tenets of positive psychology. Ultimately, educators will emerge with a wealth of current and applicable resiliency-building and sustaining activities that will foster a culture of resilience in their classrooms and schools.