In-person and online course comparison
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Parents can either take the online or in-person version of the Parents Forever™ course. Both versions:
- Are designed to meet the needs of both parents and their children.
- Cover the same content.
- Meet all 25 Mandatory curriculum topics for parent education required by Minnesota Statute 518.157.
- Meet the Minnesota Supreme Court recommendation for 8 hours of parent education.
- Offer fee waivers and reduced fees per Minnesota statute.
- Are approved by the Minnesota Supreme Court.
Note: The North Dakota version of the online course does not meet Minnesota requirements.
Depending on your personal situation and learning style, one of the versions may be a better fit for you. Review the table below to compare the two versions.
|Offered by||Independently-operated local programs in Minnesota||University of Minnesota Extension|
|Availability||Varies by program; in each of the 10 Minnesota judicial districts; some program have evening or weekend classes||24 hours a day, 7 days a week|
|Course Length||Varies by program; minimum of 8 hours||Depends on user’s pace; minimum of 8 hours (4.5 hours for North Dakota version)|
|Cost||Varies by program; reduced fee options available for Minnesotans but vary by program (see Do you qualify for a reduced fee?)||Varies by program; reduced fee options available for Minnesotans but vary by program (see Do you qualify for a reduced fee?)
|Requirements||Paper and pen; all other materials are provided||
|For More Information||Parents Forever™ In-Person Courses||Parents Forever™ Online Course for Parents
Parents Forever™ Online Course for North Dakota Parents