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Distant/online education is gaining prominence among several aspirants. Many students and working professionals now prefer online courses to regular/campus education as it they offer them greater scheduling flexibility. Students can learn right from their home, classroom, or even a local coffee shop. Most online degree programs can be completed at your own pace, one class at a time. Also, you can avail the accelerated online tracks if you wish to speed up your learning process and expect to complete your 4-year bachelor’s degree in an average of two to three years. Moreover, when it comes to online courses, you can find the right program to suit your career requirements.

But what is an online degree program? And does it offer the same quality of education as traditional colleges programs? How do you find funding for it?

For answers to some commonly asked questions on online education, click any of the following links:

  • Online education
    • What is online education?

      With the proliferation of the personal computer and the globalization of ideas and other human acts, the use of technology has made possible exchange of ideas among vast populations of people. Hence online education was born. Audio, video, computer, and networking technologies are often combined to create a multifaceted instructional delivery system. The online network unites the distance learning instructor with the distance learner. Networks suitable for distance learning implementations include satellite, cable modem, digital subscriber lines (DSL), and wireless cables.

      There are many other terms for online education: virtual education, internet-based education, web-based education, education via computer-mediated communication.

    • What type of degrees are offered by online universities for teachers?

      Online universities typically offer associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees. Most online universities offer numerous certificate programs, and a few even offer PhDs in several areas of specialization. For instance, an aspiring teacher willing to work with children of 0-8 years of age can opt for a BA in Early Childhood Education Administration. One of the advantages of online courses is that you can find the right program to suit your needs from a diverse list of courses.

    • Is the quality of online teacher degree programs same as that of traditional college degree programs?

      Yes. All evidence seems to indicate that online courses are not only on par with courses found in traditional colleges but also more viable for working professionals due to the flexible time factor. Online degree programs supported by well-respected universities often offer the same curriculum and faculty to students of both online courses and on-campus programs, as they want to uphold a reputation for providing quality education and training. Online courses are not “dumbed down” and several institutions have started recognizing online degree graduates.

    • Are online teacher degree programs too impersonal?

      No. Credible online degree programs are committed to engaging students personally by setting up chats, message boards, audio and video lecturers, and, of course, e-mail.

    • Are the standards of assessment and expectations set for online education courses and programs lower than those set for on-campus students?

      No, distance learning schools and departments expect their students to be ambitious and self-driven, capable of independent study and discipline. If you don’t, for instance, complete assignments, you will be questioned, just as you would be under such conditions in a traditional campus environment.

    • How fast can I earn my teacher degree if I’m pursuing it online?

      The time needed to complete a degree varies among online universities and degree programs, but in general, an online teacher degree can be earned much faster than the traditional one.

      Students at traditional colleges usually take four years to earn their bachelor’s degree, but with online universities, students can complete the same degree in an average of two to three years. This is possible because, unlike students at four-year colleges, most online students typically take only one course at a time.

      In addition, online university students can earn their degrees even faster by transferring in credits from previous college coursework, professional training, or the College Level Examination Program (CLEP).

    • How much does it cost to earn an online teacher degree in education?

      The tuition and fees vary across online universities and courses of study. In general, earning an online teacher degree is far less expensive than earning a traditional college degree. A four-year college degree can cost you thousands of dollars, while an online degree—with the same quality of education—usually costs much less.

    • Do online universities accept transfer credits?

      If the credits apply to your degree program of choice, most online universities will accept transfer credits from regionally and nationally accredited institutions of higher education.

    • Are all online schools the same?

      No, not at all, an online teacher degree from an accredited college or university will be of superior quality than a degree earned from a low-budget organization that isn’t regionally accredited. Check out our list of accredited universities in the United States.

    • How do I apply for an online teacher degree program?

      We can give you a well-rounded overview of the universities that would best suit you. You can contact our representatives and let them connect you to a premium university that offers the course you want to do.

  • Financial aid programs
  • Accreditation
    • What is accreditation?

      Accreditation is a voluntary process an institution enters into in order to ensure that it meets certain standards. Among other factors, an accrediting agency will examine the university based on their:

      1. Academic programs
      2. Governance and administration
      3. Resources
      4. Organizational effectiveness
      5. Financial conditions
      6. Admissions and student personnel services
      7. Student academic achievement

      An accrediting organization is an independent body that objectively judges an institution based on their ability to maintain suitable standards.

    • How important is accreditation?

      Accreditation communicates to the public that an institution has met accepted standards. It is a way of assuring prospective students that the courses and programs offered at the institution are of high quality and value. Accreditation also allows for access to federal student aid and greater ease in transferring credits.

    • Who performs the accreditation?

      Accreditation is performed by a recognized organization that has the sole purpose of accrediting institutions or programs. These organizations are not government agencies but are recognized by the US Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

    • What types of accreditations are there?

      There are three types of accreditation:

      1. National Accreditation
      2. Programmatic Accreditation
      3. Regional Accreditation

      To award federal financial aid, the institution must be accredited by a regional or national accrediting agency that is recognized by the US Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

      Programmatic accreditation is appropriate for professional programs that lead to certification or licensure. Since all accreditation is voluntary, institutions select the kinds of accreditation they want to pursue, based on their own strategic plan and the types of programs they offer.

    • What steps must an institution go through to become accredited?

      Typically, at the beginning of the process, an institution will need to submit a self-study based on criteria set by the accrediting body. The institution will be subjected to a review and site visit by a group of peers who will evaluate how the institution or program meets the criteria. Afterward, the accrediting body will issue a decision.

    • What areas does each regional accrediting body cover?
      1. The North Central Association accredits institutions in the states of Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, New Mexico, South Dakota, Wisconsin, West Virginia, and Wyoming.
      2. The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities accredits institutions in the states of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington.
      3. The Western Association of Schools and Colleges accredits institutions in the states of California and Hawaii, and the territories of Guam, American Samoa, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of Palau, and the Northern Marianas Islands.
      4. The Middle States Association accredits institutions in the states of Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands.
      5. The New England Association of Schools and Colleges accredits institutions in the states of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.
      6. The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools accredits institutions in the states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia.