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Learn the basics of the U.S. Constitution with Constitution 101, led by Robert Leming of the Center for Civic Education and taught by mentor teachers. Over the course of six weeks, you will learn the fundamentals of the Constitution and our system of government through six live Tuesday sessions from 7 to 9 p.m. Eastern, February 26 to April 2. All classes will be conducted online through a live videoconference. This course is free, but the We the People Level 3 textbook is required reading.

This free online course is for adult learners and novice teachers who want to learn more about the Constitution from a trusted, nonpartisan source: the Center for Civic Education. Enrollment is free! Space is limited to the first 100 participants. Register now.

Constitution 101 Course Content

Week 1

Unit 1: What Are the Philosophical and Historical Foundations of the American Political System?

Week 2

Unit 2: How Did the Framers Create the Constitution?

 

Week 3

Unit 3: How Has the Constitution Been Changed to Further the Ideals Contained in the Declaration of Independence?

 

Week 4

Unit 4: How Have the Values and Principles Embodied in the Constitution Shaped American Institutions and Practices?

 

Week 5

Unit 5: What Rights Does the Bill of Rights Protect?

 

Week 6

Unit 6: What Challenges Might Face American Constitutional Democracy in the Twenty-first Century?

 

How to Register

  1. Use the Constitution 101 Enrollment Form to register your interest. Space is limited to the first 100 participants. When space runs out, registrants will be put on a waiting list.
  2. We will contact you to confirm your enrollment. 
  3. After you hear from us, carefully read the Required Reading and Frequently Asked Questions sections below.

Required Reading


The We the People: The Citizen & the Constitution Level 3 textbook is required reading for Constitution 101.  
  • Softcover: $29.00 plus shipping. Purchase online or by calling us at 818-591-9321. We accept major credit cards. 
  • Ebook: $9.99. Inexpensive ebook editions are also available through iTunesAmazon, and Google Play.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What should I do before the first class?

A: Before the first class session (February 26), do the following:

  1. Complete the Constitution 101 Enrollment Form. Do not proceed to the next step until we confirm your enrollment: space is limited.
  2. Purchase a We the People textbook. You can purchase the softcover online or by calling our Sales department at 818-591-9321. Ebook editions are also available through iTunes, Amazon, and Google Play
  3. Read Lesson 1, pages 3-10, and Lesson 2, pages 11-18. Robert Leming will be covering this content from Unit 1 on the first class session.
  4. Register for an account on Learn.civiced.org. In the the top right corner of the site, underneath "Log in using your account on," click on either the Microsoft, Facebook, or Google logos while logged into your Microsoft, Facebook, or Gmail account. This will register you for the Learn site. Mark Gage (gage@civiced.org) will then grant you access to the Constitution 101 course page and send you an email indicating he has done so.
  5. Prepare your computer. Each class session will be conducted as a video meeting via the Zoom platform. To participate fully, you will need  a computer with a microphone and a camera. We suggest you use a laptop. Most laptops come with a built-in camera and microphone. Or, you can add an inexpensive camera and microphone to your desktop computer. Although you can join the meeting on a computer without installing the Zoom software, we recommend you do so in advance of the meeting by visiting this page and clicking on "Download" under "Zoom Client for Meetings." Or, you can join the meeting on your smartphone by installing the Zoom smartphone app (iPhone or Android).
  6. Test your setup by joining a Zoom test meeting. This is available here: https://zoom.us/test. Do this before the first class session.
  7. Keep your registration confirmation email handy. Mark Gage will send you a confirmation email prior to the start of the first class. This will contain the link to the Zoom meeting. Keep this email handy: you will need to visit the link on the night of the class.
Q: Is this class available for credit?

A: At this time, Constitution 101 is not available for graduate credit. However, Robert Leming and Thomas Vontz, two of the instructors for Constitution 101, both teach other online courses related to teaching the Constitution. These are available through Kansas State University and do offer graduate credit. See the Kansas State University Global Campus website.

Contact Us


If you have any questions, please contact the course administrator, Mark Gage at gage@civiced.org or 818-591-9321.