Homeschooling Requirements: Do You Need to Have a Teaching Degree?
Questions About Homeschooling Requirements
I am a mother of four children, a nine year old, seven year old, five year old and a two year old. I would love to homeschool my children, but I'm afraid to start and I do question myself a lot if I can do this.
I also would like to know if I have to have a degree to start teaching or what the requirements are to start homeschooling? If you can help me with these questions, I would greatly appreciate it.
Thank you and God bless!
I think every parent has questioned themselves – either at the start of homeschooling or somewhere along the way. Don't worry; you are not alone in your fear, or in your feelings of inadequacy.
I would encourage you to find a homeschool support group in your area, so you can meet and talk to other homeschooling parents. They will be a great source of help and encouragement for you!
Some homeschooling books that you may find helpful are:
"So You're Thinking About Homeschooling" by Lisa Whelchel
"Cathy Duffy's 100 Top Picks of Homeschool Curriculum"
"Mary Pride's Complete Guide to Homeschooling"
"The Successful Homeschool Family Handbook" by Dorothy Moore and Raymond Moore
You can find all these books on Amazon – new or used, or I am sure you can find a copy to borrow at your library or from other homeschooling parents.
Homeschooling requirements vary from state to state; if you could post which state live in, I can help you more. You can also find your state's homeschooling laws at the HSLDA website or on your state's government website.
You can learn more about the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) here. (Please know that you do not have to join HSLDA or any other home school legal association to legally homeschool your children; its entirely up to you if you want to join. Some families do, however many families don't.)
Some states require home schools to fall under an umbrella school/organization, etc. if the parent is not a certified teacher, while other states have no requirements for home school parents – you do not need certification to home school your children.
My state, Michigan, used to require a parent to be a certified teacher to home school their children. If they didn't have the required certification, parents needed to have a certified teacher oversee their home school. Thankfully, this is no longer the case for our state; we do not have to register with the state or need credentials to teach our own children at home.
I have a growing "homeschooling for beginners" section on my website that may be helpful to you. Feel free to ask any other questions you have; I'd love to help in anyway I can.
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