Tennessee requires divorcing parents to attend a Parenting Education Seminar. These classes are designed to help parents navigate challenges they may face co-parenting with an ex-partner, learning to adapt as a single parent, and working together to help children adjust to new circumstances.
What should I expect?
Co-parenting with an ex-partner, even in amicable divorces, is a learning experience for both parents. Divorce affects not only family relationships but also shared finances and family routines. The process is especially traumatic for children. Pellissippi State’s parenting course instructors will help you find ways to offer support to your child/children during a difficult time.
How long is the class?
Each court decides the length of the required Parenting Education Seminar. Pellissippi State Community College offers the state-approved four-hour course.
What should I bring?
In addition to instruction, you’ll receive a workbook that includes short exercises to complete in class, so bring a pen/pencil with you. You may also bring water or soda and a light snack. There are also vending machines on campus.
Can I arrive late or leave early?
Our instructor needs all four hours to meet mandatory state requirements. If you arrive late or leave early, you may be ineligible to receive your certificate.
When should I schedule my class?
You should schedule your course as soon as possible after filing/receiving divorce papers. Please pre-register for the course you would like to take at least 24 – 48 hours before class is scheduled to start. Our instructors cannot accept payment in class.
How do I register?
Pellissippi State non-credit courses do not have an admissions process. Registration with payment holds your place in class. To register, please choose an option below:
- Register on the web: www.pstcc.edu/bcs. Click “Search for a Course” or “Register for a Class” links and type in the keyword “parenting” to find a full course selection.
- Call (865) 539-7167 to register and pay by phone with Visa, Mastercard, Discover or American Express.
- Visit during office hours: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, Hardin Valley Campus, Lamar Alexander Building, Room 108.
How much does it cost?
The current course fee is $45.
Do I need to attend the seminar with my spouse or ex-spouse?
You do not need to attend the seminar with your spouse or ex-spouse. We cannot give out personal student information regarding course enrollment, so you may wish to coordinate with your spouse, ex-spouse or lawyer if you do not wish to attend the same class.
May I bring my children?
Children are not permitted in the classroom. You will need to make alternate arrangements for childcare.
What if I need to reschedule?
To reschedule a course without incurring cancellation fees, please notify us of your intent to withdraw two business days prior to the starting date of each class. Classes are scheduled on the basis of full enrollment and fees and cancellations after the two day grace period must undergo a review process. If you have questions regarding this policy, please call 865.539.7167 Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Reviews from course evaluations:
“Your teacher here is phenomenal. Thank you.”
“I learned a lot, especially how talk to our children about this.”
“I’m thankful I took this class. I’m learning to be more supportive and how to say ‘I’m sorry’ to my children.”