I'm not sure if this is the case in other states, but I was surprised to learn that in Louisiana the only requirement for volunteer teachers for the abstinence only program is that they "must care about the health and well being of young people and believe wholeheartedly in the abstinence message."
Volunteer "abstinence teachers" don't have to have a teaching certificate nor do they have to have a college degree.
This flies in direct opposition to the No Child Left Behind Act. NCLB only requires that teachers of core subjects be highly qualified, so that requirement doesn't apply here. However, the Act does address the role orf "paraprofessionals or eachers' aides" in the classroom.
While paraprofessionals or teachers' aides are valuable assets to many learning communities, they are not qualified to fill the role of teachers--a role which, unfortunately, many have been called upon to fill, especially in schools that are under-staffed. No Child Left Behind is clear that teachers' aides may provide instructional support services only under the direct supervision of a teacher. In addition, the law allows teachers' aides to facilitate instruction only if they have met certain academic requirements: They must have at least an associate's degree or two years of college, or they must meet a rigorous standard of quality through a formal state or local assessment. If a paraprofessional's role does not involve facilitating instruction--such as serving as a hall monitor--that person does not have to meet the same academic requirements. But, in order to provide instructional support services, an aide or paraprofessional must have the academic background required by No Child Left Behind. (Dept. of Ed web site on NCLB)
Why are those teaching abstinence exempt from the law?