How To Become a Homeschool Teacher—Find Out in Our Guide
When your child is transitioning from a regular school to homeschool, one of the most important steps to figure out is whether you can be a homeschool teacher or you need someone else to homeschool your child.
If you are ready to take the role of your child’s educator, this guide is for you. We’ll explain how to become a homeschool teacher, whether you need to obtain a certificate to do that, and other issues that may concern you.
When you start preparing to become a homeschool teacher for your child, you should get familiar with the homeschooling laws in your state. That way, you can learn:
- Whether a homeschool parent can be the teacher
- What type of curriculum you need to use
- How many homeschooling hours your child needs
- What the homeschool diploma requirements are
To find out whether your state is one of the easiest states to homeschool your child in, check out the following table:
If you are wondering whether you have to be a certified teacher to homeschool your child, the answer is no. In some states, when you decide to get started in homeschooling, you may need to present your high school diploma along with a notice of intent to homeschool. Besides that, you will need basic knowledge of the subjects you plan to teach.
As a homeschool parent, you have to meet various requirements to educate your child at home. Learning about these requirements in advance will help you decide if you’re still not sure whether to homeschool your child or not. This is also a good way to learn how to homeschool your child properly.
Here is what you should do:
- Calculate the homeschooling cost
- Learn what your homeschool district is
- Send the letter of intent to homeschool to the school your child is attending at the moment, school district, or the department of education, depending on the state
- Plan the required number of homeschooling hours
- Use the required homeschool curriculum or, if possible, choose the subjects you will teach your child
You should also create a homeschool ID for your child, especially if your homeschooler is under the age of 16. Homeschooled students should carry these ID cards in case of an emergency and as proof that they are being homeschooled.
Writing and sending the letter of intent to homeschool is the first step you will take toward homeschooling your child. This document will notify the school that you are planning to continue your child’s education at home.
The letter of intent should include:
- Introduction where you explain why you decided to start or switch to homeschooling
- Information about your child—Their name, age, and grade
- Name of the school your child is currently attending (if applicable)
- Info about yourself—Your name and the relationship to the child (e.g., the parent or legal guardian)
- Your statement about the intention to begin homeschooling your child
- Date you will start homeschooling
- Homeschool hours and subjects you’ll teach
If you are hiring another homeschool teacher, you should add the details about them as well.
Drafting this letter can be challenging. It may take too much time, and you might forget some important details.
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Here is what you need to do:
- Open DoNotPay
- Locate the Notice of Intent to Homeschool feature
- Provide the info about your school district
- Give us some details about your child
DoNotPay will draw up the letter using all the info you provided. We can either send the letter to the school on your behalf or provide you with a PDF version that you can send yourself.
Since some states require that the letter is notarized, DoNotPay offers you an option to connect you with an online notary and get that done at home.
In case you have any other dilemmas about homeschooling, feel free to visit DoNotPay’s knowledge base. In it, you can find answers to various questions, such as:
- Should you homeschool a child with anxiety?
- How many students are homeschooled in the United States?
- What is a homeschool co-op?
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