Supporting the Homeschooled Student

Course Available
3 Units
Online Self-Paced

Course Description

Support Your Homeschool and Independent Study Teaching with Best Practices

The goal of this course is to broaden the knowledge of homeschooling (also known as home education), distance learning, independent study, or alternative schooling. Participants will have the opportunity to learn from the textbook, information presented, the articles read, videos, and also from the experiences of others. At the end of the course participants should have a breadth of knowledge and experience to give them a strong foundation in the area of home education in order to then share that knowledge with others and apply it in their own lives and careers in education. The course will also cover topics such as personalized learning approaches, college and career planning, success in high school, learning styles and teaching styles, as well as, learn how to support students through distance learning and align learning with standards.

Course Details

Number of Units:  3.0 graduate level extension credit(s) in semester hours

Who Should Attend:  This course provides continuing education for any teacher who works with homeschooled or alternative/independent study students, program coordinators or directors of alternative education, teachers who are temporarily serving students at home/virtually, homeschool parents, administrators, and anyone who works with the homeschool or alternative education groups.

Course Materials: Text, The Everything Guide to Homeschooling by Sherri Linsenbach available at or your local bookstore

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Course Date Units Price
EDU-X715P – 006 Start now, you have 180 days to complete this course once enrolled 3 $504

Supporting the Homeschooled Student

Start now, you have 180 days to complete this course once enrolled

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Online Self-Paced
Shannon Carpenter

Once you have enrolled in your course, log in to your account to access the course Welcome Letter, which includes directions on how to access the Online Orientation and your online course.

What You Will Learn

  • Identify key components of the homeschooling/ independent study lifestyle
  • Develop strategies to successfully support a homeschooled student and family
  • Investigate different ways to meet state standards in the homeschooling environment  
  • Apply new habits and tools to the homeschool teacher’s unique situation through the creation of a personalized website


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Online Self-Paced

Our online self-paced courses are similar to online fixed-date courses, but are designed to give you a six-month period from time of enrollment to complete all assignments. Your instructor will provide feedback via written responses on your assignments and exams. Grades are based on completed projects, assignments and exams.

How is the self-paced course structured? Like fixed-date courses, online self-paced courses are asynchronous meaning that you can work on your assignments anytime; the difference being there are no assigned due dates in self-paced courses. The content is divided into learning modules. Each module will cover one or more topics. Within each of the learning modules, you can expect the following components:

  • Module introduction that outlines what you can expect to learn in the module.
  • Required readings (textbook, articles, journals, websites, etc.) and presentations (audio and/or video).
  • Assignments (which may include: written assignments, quizzes, blogs, etc.) based on the readings and presentations.
  • Module conclusion to review the topics and what you should have learned.
  • Typically, there is a final project, paper, or exam due in the last module that culminates all of the topics covered in each of the learning modules. You’ll find that the design of the learning modules has a rhythm to help you manage your time in the course.

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