Thursday, August 20, 2009

Online Distance Education: Online College Degrees

There has been a change in the way corporations and even brick and mortar education entities view online college degrees. There was a time when an online degree was considered by almost everyone to be a substandard degree. In the past few years, more and more employers not only embrace and approve of online distance education, they offer to help college students pay for their education through work place grants.

The range of online degree programs available continues to grow. At one time, business courses were the most common online degree programs, but now you can get a degree in education, psychology, business administration, criminal justice and much, much more online. If you are considering pursuing your degree online, research the college of your choice to learn if they provide your chosen program online. If not, there are likely others who do.

The great thing about online colleges is that you don't have to apply only to those within your local area. You could live in Florida and attend an online university in California, or even in another country. However, if you chose to attend an out of country university, make sure that the degree will be acceptable where you plan to work. Out of country college degrees in any field that requires certification will probably not transfer to the U.S., and you will not be able to enter that field without additional study.

Online distance education is not quite at the mainstream level, yet, but most colleges are now including the opportunity to take classes online in their course schedules. Online courses are just as rigorous as face-to-face classes, often more so since students are more dependent on themselves to learn material than on the instructor.

If you are interested in learning more about online distance education, contact the state school or online university in which you are interested and ask for the following information:
  • What online degree programs do you have?

  • Are the programs totally online? (Some require at least a few days of face-to-face meetings.)

  • Are classes asynchronous (no specific time set for classes) or do I have to be online at specific days and times?

  • What are the eligibility requirements? Do I have to have a high school degree, an ACT, or SAT?

  • What is the application fee? Will you waive the application fee? (Some do, most won't.)

  • Are the textbooks included in the tuition? (Usually not, but a very few colleges include textbooks in tuition.)

  • Are you a Title IV school? (If not, you may not be able to get loans, and will not be able to get Pell Grants.)

As more and more students, choose online distance education, and as more and more colleges offer online degree programs, online degrees are becoming quite acceptable to most employers. The ability to attend college online provides a real opportunity to those who for personal reasons cannot attend a brick and mortar university. The main thing to remember is to do your due diligence and know everything you can learn about the university and course of study you choose before signing the application.


  1. I liked my online courses when I was taking my education classes, but I also liked my face-to-face classes.

    My very favorite online class was Creative Nonfiction. We met a couple of times at the college, but mostly online, with everyone online at the same time. Then we would go back online and comment on each other's writing. It was a fun class, but you had to keep up faithfully, and never miss an assignment.

    I would say for me that online classes were harder than face-to-face classes because it helps me to learn with others, and also to hear the material and write it own.

  2. Online classes are harder for me, too. I hope to have the opportunity to take face-to-face classes again, someday, but I am limited to online right now. It does require a definite commitment to keep up with the course work.

    Thanks for the comment!

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  4. This information is very useful and helpful. Online college is a great opportunity for those who really want to achieve their goal of success towards their career. It's good that there are sites like this that gives people ample information needed to make a wise choice of online college.