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post #1 of 20 Old 08-15-2012, 11:21 PM Thread Starter
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Thoughts on Online Colleges

Okay so recently I have decided I wanted to go into school counseling. This would mean 2 years of college on psychology to get a degree.
After that, I would have to achieve a Master's Degree in School Counseling.
The problem is, I can't find any colleges or universities with these programs!
So I might have to take it online.
The Pros and the Cons I have thought of so far:
I can start with managing a business. As a half time job, I want to manage, co-own, or own a business[as I am getting a business minor along with my degree in psychology]
More horse time

You will not have a professor to help you
You can get lazy and fall behind
No study groups

There are more but these are the ones I can think of at the moment.

What is your thoughts on online college classes?

Is this a good or a bad idea?
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post #2 of 20 Old 08-15-2012, 11:31 PM
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I hate online college. I took a few courses online and if I didn't understand I just didn't care and took the tests with the books/notes in front of my face because I could. It's just too much to try to get help form your professor online. It's def. not for me I leaned nothing and passed the courses. I wouldn't recommend online school, but it might just work out fine for others.
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post #3 of 20 Old 08-16-2012, 12:25 AM
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They are not well respected. I think you would be doing yourself a disservice. My .02.
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I don't think anyone really takes an online college seriously, unless of course it's from a reputable offline school that offers the courses online as a secondary option. If it's just a 100% online school then forget it as you would be wasting your time and money.
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As MM said on-line colleges are not well-respected. In fact degree from some are not even considered as a real degree.

Personally I hate on-line colleges/courses in general because 1) it's hard to ask questions and 2) there is no real communication with your peers and professor/instructor (which I think is very important in education).

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post #6 of 20 Old 08-16-2012, 07:52 AM
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If the courses are from an actual brick and mortar college, they're fine. If its a purely online college, don't bother - the degree won't be thought much of anyway.

It can be hard to discipline yourself to keep up with the course for some classes. Some classes I've been to are super laid back and some have weekly due dates.

With the online module I use, there's message boards where you can post questions that your professor and classmates can answer. They can even turn on the chat room feature. When I was in Payroll (accounting major here), many people formed study groups and got together in person.
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I think it depends on the online college actually. I know that Capella University has a pretty good reputation. Some of the online colleges are pretty simple but here is the thing...

If it is an accredited college, the bottom line is, you have a degree. Sometimes when applying for a job that and job experience are what matter.

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post #8 of 20 Old 08-16-2012, 08:45 AM
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I'm studying via online now, but I am doing research so it doesn't make such a big difference. I did a few units of my BA online though.

I felt I learned much less. I'd just do the minimum rather than going to lectures and thinking about things.

Are you sure that is the only pathway into what you want? Counselling is a pretty big area, there has got to be courses at real universities, maybe there is another option. I know here I am pretty sure if you do Honours or Masters in Psychology you can get accredited in counselling.
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A large part of your college education comes from the interaction you have with other students and faculty at the school.

Don't waste your money at an online school. ESPECIALLY for a degree in a "soft area" like psychology. If it was science or math?...ok. there's only 1 right answer and it's pretty cut and dried. But psychology, history, literature all involve judgement...and that is developed by the exchange of the more intense and rigorous that exchange is, the better your education.

If you have to move to get to a brick and mortar it. Don't waste your money on an online school that no real school respects.

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post #10 of 20 Old 08-16-2012, 01:09 PM
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....i have to do mine online since im active. and i love it! i basically set my own pace....all i have to do is study throughout the week, then take one day a weekend to get the assignments/tests/whatever needed don. its super easy for me...especially since i HATE school. haha

granted right now all i am doing is my freshman courses, english, math all that jazz but still.

i see no problems with getting a degree online.....LOTS of military people do it cuz its really our best/only option.

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