Qualifications Needed to Home School
There was a time in our nation’s history when parents taught their children at home. In addition to this, there was also the need to grow and harvest crops, raise cattle and milk cows, can and store food for winter, gather eggs, etc. Many farming communities needed the labor of their children to accomplish these tasks. There were no shopping malls and jobs available to earn money to purchase the necessities needed to survive. Thus the home school environment was at that time.
As our nation became more industrialized, many left farm life behind for city jobs. In the process, they also turned to public schools to educate their children. Today, that has begun to change; more and more parents are reconsidering their role in the educational process of their children. Thus we see the birth of the home school movement. One leading question facing such a choice is whether a parent is qualified to home school. There are several facts that can go a long way in helping parents make the decision to home school.
First, home schooling does not require a teacher’s degree. When parents truly want what is best for their children’s educational well being, there are other methods of ‘qualifying’. There is a ton of educational material available today to help parents begin homeschooling their children. That and the understanding of what their particular state requires when deciding to home school are about all that is needed to begin home schooling your children.
Some states require that parents be observed by a licensed teacher, who will then evaluate whether the parent is able to give the child the proper education needed. Another approach is to require a certain amount of public instruction to coincide with the home school environment. There is also the possibility that home schooled children be tested once yearly in order to observe their progress while being home schooled. Other states only require minimum input in order to keep your child at home to educate them yourself such as signing an ‘intent to home school your children’ form yearly. You could also consider hiring a tutor in areas you may feel you are lacking to ensure your children receive adequate teaching. You can check out your state's home school laws here.
Currently, there are no state requirements for parents desiring to home school their children to obtain a teaching certificate or bachelor’s degree. However, you will need to consult your particular state guidelines to make sure you are in compliance. You can go online and research what your particular state’s requirements are before deciding to home school. This will guarantee no glitches should you go ahead and take your child out of public school, only to find out you are in violation of the law.
Many curriculum packages available today contain all the information you will need in order to determine what you will and what you will not need to do in order to be in compliance with your state. Those packages may include features such as the ability to grade your child and document their progress, as well as keep those records on hand to show the state if required. Many local school districts have support in place for parents who desire to home school. Because your taxes still support the public school system, you have the right to contact any personnel at your school district with any questions you may have in order to ensure compliance.
The bottom line is: any parent who is serious about home schooling their children, and is willing to explore all legalities in order to accomplish this desire, will be the perfect candidate for home schooling their children; and that is the best qualification any parent can have to home school their children!