Should Home Educating Parents Study for a College Degree? 

December 11, 2017

Although you are not required by law to have a college degree when deciding to home-educate your children, many parents who’ve been in this situation will agree that the better your own education, the more successful you will be in raising and teaching well-rounded, home-education children. Whether you’re hoping to teach your children in line with the national school curriculum or have plans for a more unique way of learning that allows your children to explore more and learn through curiosity and at their own pace, it’s important that you’re able to offer support and guidance to them at every step of the way, especially as they get older and academic qualifications become more important to their future career success. We’ve put together some compelling reasons to study for a college degree before home educating your child.

#1. Become a Better Teacher: 

If your children attended school, they’d be surrounded by professional, qualified teachers for every subject. On the other hand, home-educated children are at a disadvantage in this respect, since when they are struggling with a particular subject, they don’t have somebody to go to who has spent years of their life studying it. Although this problem could be rectified with the help of private tutors, it’s also useful for parents to have some teaching knowledge that they can use to aid their child. If you already have a bachelor’s degree, a master of education in learning will enable you to learn better teaching techniques and give you a better knowledge base for teaching your child.  

#2. Improve Your Child’s Future Prospects: 

Whilst home educating can be an excellent option for younger children, when your child begins to enter their teenage years is where it can get a little trickier. During this time, it’s important to ensure that your child is not held back from gaining the qualifications that they need to pursue their chosen future career, for example, a high school GED and even a college degree. By studying for a master of education in learning, you will gain a better understanding of the national education system and be in a better position to ensure that your child attains her educational goals throughout home education.  


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#3. Learn More About Child Development: 

To be a better teacher to your child throughout their home education, it’s important to have a solid understanding of child development and know when exactly is best to introduce new subjects and more learning to their daily life. As a home educating parent, it will also be down to you to ensure that your child doesn’t miss out on things such as social groups and extra-curricular activities that are appropriate for their developmental stage. Studying a cognition and development program will give you a wide range of knowledge and skills to help you best support your child and their personal development throughout this non-conventional journey in education.  

Are you currently home educating, or considering to home educate your child? Do you think that a college degree is important for you?  

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