College Degree Search
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Many adults returning to college find themselves bewildered
by the number of degree options available,
or aren't sure where to start to attain their educational
goals. They may find themselves choosing expensive colleges through an advertisement or through the persistent, ongoing effort of college recruiters, unaware of the availability of more economical choices. Most importantly, they
need assistance in finding the programs best
suited to their needs and in obtaining college-level
credit for life experience or subject proficiencies, as the comments below show:
I am interested in starting a career
in education. I have worked as an
Education Aide/Para Professional for 13
years. I do not know where to start
to find information for schools that offer
on-line classes in this field. I am the mother of three so
going away to college is impossible.
I am 41 years old, and got my GED
back in the late 70's. I have been
an IT Professional for over 20 years,
holding numerous consulting and management
positions. I would like to attend college
either part-time, or by leveraging some
sort of distance learning program, but I
have no idea where to start, and frankly,
I am somewhat intimidated. Additionally,
I am hoping that I will be able to get at
least some college credit for life experience.
Any help appreciated.
"Through the course of many years I have obtained 78 credits in Early Education. I am interested in finding a college, either traditional or through the Internet, that accepts "life experience credits" in my field of study. I am currently working as a Pre-K Teacher and need to obtain this information as soon as possible."
Since locating information about degree programs suited to individual needs is often time consuming and difficult, College Degree Search was designed to help adults find programs matching their educational goals.
There is no question finding the right school can be a challenge. There are many distractions adults face when searching for a program in addition to time constraints. Persuasive marketing and "diploma mills" proliferate on the Internet, making it hard to determine which programs are legitimate and hold the right accreditation. In addition to accreditation, affordability, reputation, and student experience are also factors in decision making. Most Web sites that feature degree programs feature only paid profiles, often not including the more affordable degree programs offered by public, non-profit institutions.
Too, college representatives are by necessity recruiters for their school. That's why its important to fully research several colleges to understand your choices, and to find the right program for you.
Knowing your options and finding the right program results in significant time and money savings toward your degree.
Did you know that hundreds of regionally accredited (the most important time of accreditation),
well-known colleges and universities
recognize the experiences and accomplishments
adult students bring to the table, and provide
options to earn credit for those that qualify
as college-level learning? Adult students
can receive credit for:
Work Experience, Military
Service, or Community Service
Participation in Professional Conferences, Seminars,
Certification and Licensure
Professional Authorship (Books or Papers)
CLEP (College Level Examination Program) or DANTES
These options provide a substantial savings on time and tuition, as some
schools will award up to 32 credits
through examination and prior learning towards
an undergraduate degree. (For more
information, see How to
Accelerate Your Degree Plan.)
College Degree Search profiles the top colleges and universities
that offer American Council on Education and National College Credit Recommendation Service credit for
life experience (also known as prior learning
credit), credit for corporate, professional
or military training, and the ability to test
out of general or subject examinations (CLEP and DANTES testing).
Each college or university profiled is
accredited by one of the six
regional accrediting boards, and provides
full degree programs available
on-campus, through the Internet, through correspondence, or by multimedia (broadcast/video), including undergraduate,
graduate, certificate and doctorate degrees
in a range of disciplines. Many
of the universities have the same instructors
teaching through distance education or on
the Internet as at the traditional campus,
and students are able to earn the same degree
as students attending the main campus.
Schools are both both public and private, and offer degree programs for adults
across the United States, including the more
affordable programs accepted by employers
for Tuition Assistance
Programs (TAP). Each college and university
was selected according to several important
criteria, including affordabililty, faculty, and academic
ranking and reputation.
Most of the degree programs require
no on-campus attendance. Others
require only a short residency (a small
percentage of credits are earned on-campus).
Many programs are accelerated or self-paced. Tuition for these schools is competitive.
And because the colleges are regionally
accredited, credits can be transferred to
or from other colleges and universities. These programs provide the best
value for adult learners.
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