Homeschooling Requirements: Do You Need to Have a Teaching Degree?

by Mayra

Questions About Homeschooling Requirements

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!

Hi Mayra,
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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Apr 16, 2010
You can do it!
by: Keri

I understand your fear.When I started home-schooling I too,was Overwhelmed .The great thing is ,that once you get your "feet" a lil wet,You know talk to other home-schooling families,Learn your state laws & yes find a curriculum that works for you..You will not only feel more confident about your abilities (even if you are a high school drop out ) But,you will be looking back thinking out I was worried over nothing..
Here are a couple of sites that helped me get started on my way to becoming a home-school Mom.


Good Luck !

Jun 17, 2011
A legitimate concern?
by: Anonymous

Am I the only one that thinks it is dangerous to have no requirements for parents who want to home school their children? How can a person teach things they never learned or learned to understand?

Please know that this is not an attack but a sincere question from someone whose sister is planning to homeschool but has always had significant educational challenges.

Her children are very bright and have been in public school thus far. Does anyone else believe that I have a legitimate concern?


Jul 08, 2011
I would like to know...
by: Anonymous

Hi i'm about to be 17 and i was wondering can i get homeshooled without my parents concent

Dec 05, 2015
Teaching Other Children NEW
by: Anonymous

I have a bachelor's degree(not in teaching), and I have taught my grandson in home schooling. I found it very hard simply because he hated school and his mother decided to let him stay home and take classes, but he doesn't always co-operate. I have to stay on him all the time. He thinks he can work once a month and catch up. Can a person teach other children that are not theirs? The person that sends his homework (his home school teacher)doesn't know how to do math, and I like for him to know it when he gets through, not just give him answers and pass him on.
Anonymous (desperate)

Dec 21, 2016
Home school not always a good route NEW
by: Anonymous

MY sister inlaw home schools my two nephews and one of them is in second grade the other one just started kinder. I worry because I noticed the second grader is not as fluent at reading as my son who is first grade and goes to a public school. The kindergardener is also lacking clear language skills and does not adjust well socially anywhere. They disobey her and will not listen to any authority. She did not take any college classes either and I question if she is deterring their education. I asked her if they passed the school year she would not say anything about it. I guess as long as you buy those $800 "homeschool packages" every year its "enough" to consider them well taught.

Apr 06, 2018
Not Every One Learns at the Same Time or Speed NEW
by: Anonymous

Anon that could be any child. Not all children learn things at the same time. There are kids in school with your own children that may not be where they are. This goes for your children as well.

Mar 31, 2019
Want to start homeschooling and tutoring NEW
by: Donald

What is the best resources to get started?

Oct 11, 2019
by: Anonymous

I think homeschooling is an insult to teachers who go through four years of education. I think that homeschooling is a joke and I feel sorry for kids who are not getting a real education. Your also keeping them from being around other children which is very healthy for a child's life. You are giving them an isolated way of life. There is a life outside of the immediate family! Shame on you.

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