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5 Things You Should Know: Homeschooling

What Makes a Parent Qualified to Teach?

So do parents who want to home-school their child need teaching qualifications? Not necessarily. Parent-teacher qualifications depend on the laws set by the state you live in, but in most situations a parent does not need teaching credentials.

As of 2006, 42 states don't require parents who want to home-school to have specific credentials or qualifications. In fact, twenty-five percent of parents who home-school their kids have a high school diploma or less. A handful of states require a high school diploma or GED but the trend seems to be moving in the direction that parents qualify to teach their own children by the fact that they are parents.

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