Introduction to Home Education
“Where do I start? I’ve never planned my child’s curriculum before.”
“How do I know if my child is really learning what she needs to learn?”
“What skills do I need to be an effective teacher?”
At the Coalition for Responsible Home Education, we hear questions like these all the time. Many new homeschooling parents want to provide a quality education for their children but aren’t sure where to start. A growing number of parents are turning to homeschooling for the first time due to the COVID-19 pandemic. To meet this need, we’ve created a 16-week online course that will answer these questions and more. Our goal is to give YOU the tools you need to homeschool your children in a way that is memorable, positive, and effective.
This course was offered for the first time in Fall 2020. Hear what home educators who successfully completed the course have to say!
“Very comprehensive. Flow on content was good. Overall, if you are serious about homeschooling and doing it right I would recommend this course.” ~ Jim W. from Maine
By signing up, you will put your name on our list and we will contact you regarding our next session. Please note that while this course will walk you through the process of getting started homeschooling, which includes selecting curricular materials, this course is not a homeschooling curriculum.
Click here for an article that covers some of the important topics to consider as you begin your homeschooling journey. Our full course covers these questions and more—and those enrolled will benefit from personalized attention from their instructor and peers and will receive feedback on their educational plans from a panel of homeschool alumni. Click here to see our full set of resources for home educators.
ABOUT THE COURSE
Introduction to Home Education is a 16-week online course which is designed to help prepare you for a successful homeschooling experience. The course covers the most important topics a new home educator will need to know, including: understanding and fulfilling legal requirements for homeschooling in your state; setting educational goals and reflecting on your values as a home educator; selecting and designing your child’s curriculum and learning materials; assessing your child’s learning; and identifying your child’s developmental needs.
With the help of your instructor and feedback from your classmates, as well as feedback from a panel of homeschool alumni, you will develop an Individualized Home Education Plan (IHEP) that outlines goals, outcomes, measures, and methods for homeschooling each of your children. The IHEP you develop for your child is an invaluable tool that you will be able to use all school year as you work to stay on track and overcome challenges.
This course will walk you through the process of choosing quality curricular materials for your child; you do not need to select a homeschooling curriculum before taking the course. If you’re already homeschooling and have already chosen a curriculum, that is also fine. The course is designed so that you may begin homeschooling at any point before, during, or after the course. We will help you make sure that your academic calendar meets your state and school district’s requirements.
Format: Online Learning (asynchronous)
Introduction to Home Education is an online course containing 16 weekly modules that include individual reading and assignments, peer discussions and reviews, and quizzes. In addition to working independently, you’ll interact with your instructor and classmates through an online class portal; attend two live individually scheduled one-on-one video meetings with your instructor; and receive twice-weekly written feedback on your assignments. By the end of the course, you will develop and receive feedback on an Individualized Home Education Plan (IHEP) that can be used to guide your homeschooling progress throughout the school year.
The course is designed for flexibility and has no regularly scheduled meeting times. Your instructor will be available to answer your questions throughout the course.
Start Date: Summer 2021
Duration: 16 weeks
Expected Time Commitment: 6 – 9 hours per week
Week 1: Introduction to the Course
Week 2: Introduction to Homeschooling
Week 3: Educational Philosophies
Week 4: Children’s Rights and Goal Setting
Week 5: Professionalism and Home Educator Development
Week 6: Child Development and Child Protection
Week 7: Disability Theory and Exceptional Learners
Week 8: Legal Requirements and the Homeschooling Community
Week 9: Standards and Learning Outcomes
Week 10: Selecting Curricular Materials
Week 11: Instructional Design
Week 12: Organizing Your Homeschool
Week 13: Assessment and Evaluation
Week 14: Representing Your Homeschool
Week 15: Revising the IHEP
ABOUT YOUR INSTRUCTOR
Dr. Chelsea McCracken spent the last two years as an Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies in the College of Education at Dixie State University (St. George, Utah), where she developed and taught an original online course in which college students wishing to design their own degree program were guided through creating an Individualized Academic Plan. She also taught a companion course where students created their own portfolio to demonstrate they had met their learning objectives.
Dr. McCracken has worked for the Coalition for Responsible Home Education since 2013, and has a firm grasp on the research on homeschooling and on homeschooling methods. Her groundbreaking study on homeschooled students’ academic achievement in Alaska was published in Other Education in July 2020. Dr. McCracken holds a Ph.D. in linguistics from Rice University and is the author of A Grammar of Belep (De Gruyter Mouton, 2019).