Taking the Program as a Homeschooler

Homeschooling represents a valid choice amongst the continuum of education options for our children. Not surprisingly, homeschooling is an increasingly popular option for families, particularly in Muslim communities all around the world. Thus homeschoolers are an important demographic in the Islamic education sector.

There are a plethora of reasons and motivations for homeschooling within Muslim communities. To the uninitiated, some of these include:

  • in pursuit of academic excellence;
  • a means to memorise the Qur’an full-time or for a short period of time;
  • to avoid perceived shortfalls in schools such as bullying, poor manners and the absence of good Akhlaaq;
  • on account of perceived absence of religion in schools;
  • on account of being anti-system (rebels);
  • so that key developmental messages for children are delivered by parents; and
  • the belief that tarbiyah is a responsibility that rests with parents.

Many homeschoolers believe that homeschooling is the best form of education for Muslim children as it involves bringing the pulse of Islam into the house – Islam is therefore lived, understood, practiced and valued.

Parenting and teaching are each undoubtedly noble undertakings. When combined, as is the case with homeschoolers, there is a seamless synergy and equally a heightened sense of responsibility. Often teachers in the home, as in the school classroom, can run the risk of being like the candle, giving light to everyone else and burning one’s self.

Those nagging questions …

It doesn’t help that homeschoolers can be notoriously hard on themselves. Many homeschoolers speak of nagging questions that plague their thoughts. Such as:

  • “Are we doing the right thing”?
  • “Are we damaging our child”?
  • “How can I do justice to their education if I’m not a trained teacher”?
  • “How can I provide quality Islamic education”?
  • “Will our children be behind other children”?
  • “Are we harming their university entry? Their career options”?
  • “Is it worth cleaning the house 4 times a day?” (Disclaimer: homeschoolers sign up for a 24/7 household)

“Roll Call – Calling all Homeschoolers….”

Many homeschoolers, like Islamic school teachers, lack access to high quality teaching training conversant with the aims, principles, and philosophy of Islamic education.

Que the Islamic Teacher Education online certificate program. A worldwide on-line hub for all educators of Muslim children and all teachers, providing first class teacher training in light of Islamic pedagogy, and well known in Islamic schooling circles internationally.

happy-muslim-familyWhat is less well known is that the Online Certificate Program is equally relevant for homeschoolers. Actually, it can be argued that the Program is perfectly suited for the multi-role reality of a homeschool educator!

As a homeschooling parent and alumni myself, I know and appreciate just how relevant the Program is to the homeschooling context.

Through the Program, you will be introduced to an Islamic pedagogy which connects all facets of the homeschooling experience to the aims of Islamic education: why you teach, what you teach and how you teach.

Islamic pedagogy offers a framework to guide you as a homeschooler in the purpose and delivery of your dream as well as a rubric for assessing contemporary education approaches available to you with the principles of education in Islam.

How?

Through the course content, working with the respective facilitators, and the exchange of ideas and insights with fellow educators (some may be homeschoolers too!), you will:

  1. Develop an Islamic vision for your homeschool, and for yourself as a classroom educator and school leader
  2. Gain a deeper understanding and connection to the rich tradition of Islamic education
  3. Learn and compare different faith-based curriculum models available
  4. Receive direct relevant guidance on curriculum integration and unit planning
  5. Mirror the Prophetic principles of teaching in your instructional practices
  6. Create an authentic Islamic learning environment
  7. Nurture an Islamic worldview in your children
  8. Build your foundation and skill as an Islamic educator

The Islamic Teacher Education online program is an opportunity for homeschoolers to connect with a worldwide network of Muslim educators. Just as the Program empowers teachers in their classroom, it will equally empower you as a homeschooler in your unique learning environment and context.

Let us know: What would this opportunity mean for yourself, for your home school, and for your children?

Feel free to leave a comment or question below!

Dylan Chown

About Dylan Chown

Mr. Dylan Chown is an Alumni of ITEP and now facilitator for Course 1: Islamic Education – Purpose and Pedagogy. He is a Research Fellow at the University of South Australia and combines roles of teacher trainer, lecturer and consultant. Dylan is completing his doctoral studies with a research focus on Dignified Way, the authentic application of Prophetic pedagogy within a character education and behaviour management model for Islamic schools. He holds a Master of Education (Leadership) through the National Centre of Excellence for Islamic Studies (NCEIS). His thesis examined education leadership and school vision. Dylan has twenty years’ experience within education. He is a co-editor of Islamic schooling in the West: Pathways to renewal (Palgrave MacMillan, forthcoming). Dylan regularly presents on contemporary issues within Islamic education locally and abroad.
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