Online certs/degrees?

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@diamondsashadiamonds:  From what I’ve been told (I’ve looked into US universities) try brick and mortar schools that offer online learning. That way they’re less likely to be degree mills…

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

I agree. Most brick and mortar schools offer online courses. If you look at a community college, it may even be cheaper than the private online colleges. You want to make sure you find an accredited college so that your credits would transfer in case you decide to go for a higher degree later on. Where in California are you?

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I would also look for a regular school that offers online courses.  Many purely online schools are a big scam, just looking for your money to give you a useless degree.

Post # 7
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

What kind of degree were you thinking?  I agree that finding an online program through a school that has a actual campus vs a purely online school is better.  People tend to take it more seriously.  I already have a BA but was I was thinking of taking a class through Ed2go which depending on which program you take hooks you up with a certificate for a “real” school (rather than an online website certificate).  I’ve take a general course through them before which I liked and am now considering: Administrative Professional with Microsoft Office 2007 Master.  It’s just a bit more money than I want to spend right now.  Lots of other colleges have online programs as well, it is getting very popular.  I’d suggest looking at the website of the colleges and community schools in your area and going from there.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

As PP have said, find a college or university that offers online classes. Make sure that whatever program you want to apply for is accredited and that it will actually be useful to you.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2024

Go to a local community college or university and look into their online courses. I’ve known 3 people now that got their online “degrees” and weren’t worth the paper they were written on. I know one friend got taken by University of Phoenix, she thought all her credits would transfer to our local university and not a single one did, she wasted thousands of dollars all for nothing. Another friend got taken by Ashford University for $20k+ and cannot get a job because employers don’t feel it’s a legit degree. I’m NOT knocking anyone who is using these online places I’ve listed but only telling stories from friends I’ve heard that have gotten screwed over. I took online courses at my local community college before I went to a university and all credits transferred, it’s the safest route IMO because anytime I had an issue I could always meet with someone in person.

Post # 11
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@LTD418:  Agree with this too!  You want to make sure that you can transfer the credit should you want to keep going.  Some schools offer different kinds of credits.  To add to my other post, I don’t think ed2go would qualify for this kind of transfer if you are thinking about continued education.

Some programs also require you to be at your desk for a live video feed/discussion, others allow you to go at your own pace.  Good luck finding something!

Post # 12
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

@diamondsashadiamonds:  A degree mill is a place like University of Phoenix.  You apply and you are accepted, regardless of your ability.  They basically give you a degree regardless of the work you put in — or so the rumor goes.

I think, in your position, the best bet is to look at local universities — the actual schools — and see if they offer online courses.  Online classes are great if you are motivated and can work well independently.  

 

What state do you live in?

Post # 15
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Agree with PP. Make sure that the online school is affiliated with a real, well recognized and accredited University. Otherwise you’re wasting your $$.

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