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Micro-Course: How to Start Homeschooling in Pennsylvania

Published October 1, 2020 in News

As many in-person classes have been limited for elementary and high-school-age students, many parents are exploring homeschool options. Clarks Summit University offers a non-credit, online micro-course: “How to Start Homeschooling in Pennsylvania.” Those who complete the course will learn how to submit necessary forms and records, how to meet instructional and evaluation requirements and how to articulate home education law in Pennsylvania.

The National Center for Education Statistics reported that between 1999 and 2016, the number of homeschooling families nearly doubled—from 850,000 students to 1.7 million. They also predict that number will double again in the next 20 years. A recent Gallup poll revealed that one in 10 American families are pulling out of public and private schools, including those with virtual options, to educate their children at home.

“How to Start Homeschooling in Pennsylvania” is an online micro-course designed to guide parents through the process of legally homeschooling in Pennsylvania. Taught by Darlene Catlett, an experienced homeschool educator, speaker and evaluator, the course offers short video lessons, resources and discussion opportunities. It takes approximately three hours to complete the non-credit course, and learners can do the lessons at a time that best suits their schedule.

“This course is just how to get started,” said Catlett. “It’s for families who have decided they are going to homeschool but now need to know what is required of them by the state.”

Catlett will walk learners through how to file necessary documents and make sure learners understand the home education law. The self-paced course is flexible, affordable and easy to navigate. It is a valuable and important resource for individuals who plan to homeschool their children.

“It’s easy to be overwhelmed when you are just getting started,” said Catlett. “This course is for individuals who have already decided they are going to homeschool but are overwhelmed by how to start and want to know what is required of them by law in Pennsylvania.”

Learners who complete this course will be able to:

  • Complete and file a homeschool affidavit and objectives
  • Understand Pennsylvania’s homeschool law
  • Respond accurately to requests from the school district
  • Know what is required instruction and record keeping for grades K–12
  • Find a qualified evaluator for the end of the school year
  • Create a portfolio

Catlett has 22 years of experience as a homeschool educator, having homeschooled her four children from kindergarten through high school graduation. She served with her husband, Don, on the Board of Directors for the Christian Homeschool Association of Pennsylvania from 2008–2012 and the Advisory Council for the Christian Home Educators Association of California from 1992–1999.

Catlett has presented workshops on homeschool topics regionally and state-wide, spoken at homeschool support groups and served on education panels. She is an approved homeschool evaluator and serves families in 18 school districts throughout northeast Pennsylvania.

“My homeschooling years were as much training my character and leadership skills as it was training my children,” Catlett said. “I miss homeschooling my kids. I feel like I was forced into retirement because they grew up! I feel privileged that I had that opportunity. I got to be the architect of their education.”

Catlett’s first course “How to Start Homeschooling in Pennsylvania” is available now. A second micro-course is being planned that will teach learners how to identify their children’s learning styles and needs, how to choose curriculum and tailor each child’s education to their strengths and weaknesses.

CSU’s professional development courses are non-credit online micro-courses for adult learners who desire to gain practical skills, personal enrichment and professional resources. Learners have 60 days from the date of registration to complete the course.

Register for “How to Start Homeschooling in Pennsylvania” below.

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