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Constitution 101 was an online course conducted by the Center for Civic Education in the spring of 2019. The course was led by Robert Leming of the Center for Civic Education and was taught by mentor teachers Chris Cavanaugh, Shayne Klein, Timothy Moore, and Thomas Vontz. Over the course of six weeks, participants learned 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, 2019. All classes were conducted online through a live videoconference. Total student class time was 12 hours.

The online course was for adult learners and novice teachers and taught the basics of the Constitution from a trusted, nonpartisan source: the Center for Civic Education. Future classes will be announced on this page.

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?


Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Where can I view archival videos of each class session?

A: Check out our YouTube playlist for videos of each class session.

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 or 818-591-9321.