That’s right! Parents need no additional qualifications to homeschool a child in the US. With the rare exception of parents who test their own children and require a degree or certification (not required for all tests, only some) or states where parents tutoring children must be “properly qualified”, homeschooling moms and dads do not need to be specially trained to homeschool their own children.
Qualification myths are sometimes proliferated by those who know little about homeschooling and opponents who believe that individuals with teacher credentials produce better students. Well-meaning friends and family may also wonder about a parent’s ability to teach, but usually only because the traditional classroom/teacher model is all they know.
Rest assured that the evidence is overwhelming — homeschooled kids tend to excel no matter how qualified (or not) their parents. In fact, research shows that teacher training has nothing to do with homeschool grades. Besides, the number of successful homeschoolers today are proof enough that ordinary people are well able to nurture a love for learning, allow children to develop their own unique talents and encourage youngsters to pursue their passions.
Since the only folks who have both a stake and a heart for their children are the parents, ultimately — “qualified” or not – parents make the best teachers.