Post # 1
Has anyone taken any university of Phoenix online courses? I have a Wisconsin teaching license, but am living in Illinois. I just found out I’m deficient in coursework “of the exception child”. Therefore I need to take a course to receive my illinois teaching license. All other paper work is in.
What do you guys think of taking a 4 week course (2 credits) that is all online? What experience do you have with this format? I want to finish it before the summer is over JUST in case a job opens up at the school I’m currently a special education assistant at. (Fat chance, my degree is in music..)
Am I crazy to do this while I’m planning a wedding in July?
Post # 3
My FI finished his degree at UoP online because it was pretty much the only program he could do while working full time. He didn’t like it because it was way too easy and they’re just money hungry, but he got the degree he needed and it was pretty painless. I would do it if you can afford it. I’m finishing my PhD while planning my wedding, so I’m not the person to ask that last question to
Post # 4
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
It’s super expensive. My mom did it but ony because her company reimbursed her for a majority of the classes; she still ended up a few thousand in debt. The coursework is pretty easy but you will have to devote at least two evenings a week to the coursework (one for class meetings online and one for group meetings.) Also, you have to write a paper for the course which I would expect to be stressful while planning your wedding. If you can take it in June and be done so that you have all of July to complete planning then it might be doable.
Post # 5
They are a for profit univeristy, and have been getting in quite a bit of trouble for running scams with student loans.
If you Google around you’ll see that they have a pretty awful reputation. If you’re looking to take a class to get yourself hired, I don’t think most places take their program seriously. You’re better off going to a community college to finish the class.
Post # 6
They don’t have a great reputation. My DH is a PhD student and most of his professors literally laugh if they have someone applying for grad school or a teaching job at the university. But this is one of the top engineering schools in the country, so if you’re applying for a much lesser position it might be just fine.
Post # 7
I wouldn’t even think of graduating with a degree from there. I already have my bachelors from a fine university, and literally just need this class to satisfy the Illinois state board. I wouldn’t put it ona resume, as its only an extra two credits. I work at a school, and our last day is June 25, so I can’t really wait until I’m done with work to start.
A glad to hear its easy, and not a 30 hour a week task or something. Because, frankly, I’m bitter about having to go back to college when I feel like I just finished My degree.
It’s about $600 for a 4 week class. While money is tight, it’s less of a commitment than an entire semester. Any other thoughts on this?
Post # 8
in 100% truthfullness, in my honest opinion, UofP is a degree-mill. I used to work and currently work at a Unviersity with online programs/courses and transfer students I can tell you that transfering credits from UofP is a nightmare because nothing will transfer. It’s very upsetting to many students who spent the money and time to take courses only to have them be worth their weight in dirt.
However, it sounds like you are only taking a few courses for a certification. Online courses really aren’t too difficult – the main reason people have issues is time management. Since there’s usually no required time to be online, its out of sight, out of mind. I did half my degree online (while working full time and planning a wedding…and getting ready to move!) and yes, it’s hard but if you can set aside X amount of time every day/few times a week, you can get a lot done. Just stick to your schedule and work ahead if you can. Depending on the course, I was able to finish the entire thing or be very close to finishing about mid-way through and I used that time for other (more fun!) stuff 🙂
Good luck! You can do it!
Post # 9
Have you looked at if a community college offers what you need? You can often take classes entirely online through there and it would be significantly cheaper (and with better reputation) than UoP
Post # 10
To really test the merit of a University of Phoenix degree, I suggest that you call a College/University Admission office and ask if they would accept a UoP degree in order to attend their grad program.
I called Rutgers University and asked and they would happily accept.
SN: Its much better to ask the Universities than people online. You’ll get a full range of answers that can’t be “proven” until you call a school.
Post # 11
Have you checked with a local university to see if they have an “extension program”? We have those at the state-run universities in our area and you can everything from associates degrees to certifications and they are probably the same price or less as UoP with more credibility. Certainly, I think the units transfer more easily because it’s a legit state school. As another PP noted, a community college might be worth a try too.
Post # 12
In general I’m not a big fan of for profit schools like UofP, but I’ll tell you, they have quite an extensive network of alums. It wouldn’t be my first choice, but these days I don’t think it’s the worst thing in the world like many make it out to be. FH has some bosses in senior leadership with masters degrees from UofP. If it’s only a quick class to make up a deficiency I would go for it, as long as you have done your due diligence to make sure it’s going to apply to the requirement.
Post # 13
I took two classes from there about 4 years ago, and it was the biggest waste of time and money. I made an A and didn’t learn anything. Not to mention it’s ridiculously expensive. I’m a teacher, and I’m currently working on my masters. Have you looked at taking the class you need at a more reputable college either through a distance learning program or face to face if possible. I’ve taken classes with people who were just in the class to reach a requirement like you. They enrolled as a non-degree seeking student.
Post # 14
For what you’re needing it for, I don’t think it’s the worst thing. However, for cost’s sake I would definitely look into community colleges or even local universities to see what they offer. It would probably be cheaper.
It’s just one class? I’m getting my Masters in Special Education, and I guess that sounds about right for regular ed to only have one class of “training” in it (shaking my head – not at you, but the system.)
Beyond that, as far as online “colleges” go, UofP is one that I haven’t heard anything good about. I think there are other more reputable ones you could look in to.