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Online Education has exploded in the last 10 years. Before that time no one could imagine that they could earn a degree or continue their education online. Previously, the only way to get a degree or update your education was to physically attend a college or school.
With easy access to the Internet, it is now possible to obtain a degree or continue your education with one of several online institutions. Online education or distance learning provides tremendous flexibility for individuals to receive an education from anywhere an Internet connection is available.
No matter if you are working a full-time job, have other commitments or live to far from school to attend, an online education can be right for you.
Some advantages to online learning are:
You will have access to many more courses than are available at any one College or University.
You can learn at your own pace and on your own time schedule. If you work hard, you can finish a typical course in four to eight weeks. If you’re time is limited, you can extend that to fit your schedule. Although online schools differ, many have deadlines for finishing courses.
If you have had previous college education you can continue with new courses or update to a Masters or Doctorate degree. You can also obtain other courses that might be appropriate to the job or career you are after.
Some online schools provide an option to take more than one course at the same time, allowing you to accelerate your learning. The disadvantage is that you have to be disciplined and be able to study on your own. It will be up to you to develop good study habits. No one is there to prode you along. It can be easy to put off studies until another day and fall behind in the course.
Before you register with an online school you should first check to make sure the school is accredited. Beware that there are numerous sites that offer bogus certificates and degrees.
If you are obtaining the education for a job or career the employer will likely judge your resume by the institution granting you the degree. The more respected colleges will look better on your resume.
You can check online schools accreditation by checking their Website. In the U.S., college accreditation is awarded by one of the following six-accreditation agencies that are appointed by the National Board of Education.
New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC),
North Central Association of Schools and Colleges (NCA),
Middle States Association of Schools and Colleges (MSA),
Southern Association of Schools and Colleges (SACS),
Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges (NWCCU).
Each agency has responsibility for providing accreditation for schools in specific states. Therefore, it would be best to run checks on a particular online degree program with the agency offering college accreditation for the state in which the college is registered.
Online Education is a great way to get a degree or update your previous education. Get the degree for the job your after.
About the Author: Jerry Jones is owner and Webmaster of Online Education Center http://online-education-center.info offering the latest information and sources on Online Learning.