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        08-16-2012, 01:41 PM
      #11
    Trained
    I don't know the system over here, but my DH did his degree through the Open University in the UK, which is well recognized and respected. A lot of adults choose to top up their education that way, you can work at your own pace, you can keep your full time job, and still end up with a recognized degree.

    I do agree that you miss out on lots of things not going to a bricks and mortar building, but if that is not possible then a reputable online course is the next best choice I think.
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        08-16-2012, 02:18 PM
      #12
    Weanling
    The problem is that I really want to go into school counseling. It is one of the few areas I want to go into.
    I don't like the idea of going out of state to find a college/university that has this course but I may have to.
    It just seems like the online colleges are the only option I really have at the moment.


    Thank you for the comments! They were really helpful.
         
        08-16-2012, 05:28 PM
      #13
    Green Broke
    The online courses that are backed by real, accredited universities are generally fine. Face it, most of your college courses are total garbage, have nothing to do with your degree field and only serve as an additional source of revenue for the college. Majority of my degree was online, or through examination programs offered in the Army. My degree was through the State you of NY, so an actual college. Tests were all taken at a proctored test center, so you did kinda have to read the material. I am a pretty good self learner with a very good memory so didnt have a problem. Courses like Humanities, English comp, Calculus, sociology, a couple histories I was able to test out of or take online. All my engineering studies were taken traditionally. Bottom line is make sure they are real accredited classes, from a real accredited school.
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        08-16-2012, 06:37 PM
      #14
    Green Broke
    Just thought I'd ad, at my university about 70% of the students are external (studying online), but for those students they have to come in for "intensive schools" where they have to attend campus for a couple of days of intensive learning for each course. It's not the same as going every week, but its a good compromise as it still allows that interaction, and there is a very active online community.

    I put off moving away because of the "academic community" that my father was always telling me to engage with. But the fact was, at my university there wasn't much of a community. The people who went there were there because they felt they had to get a job later on, not because they were interested or passionate about the subject. None wanted to discuss it or engage with the topic. It was just empty.

    You might be able to do something where you do a couple of units online, and then one or two at a local university. While the university may not offer the same course, it's likely that there will be many similar units that you can apply to use instead of the ones at the online course.

    If you must do online look for a "bricks and mortar" university that is offering some of its courses online, and preferably one that requires some attendance.
         
        08-18-2012, 10:35 AM
      #15
    Trained
    Did my college courses online from an actual brick and mortar school... The professor's had office hours that you could reach them, we had online study groups, etc, etc. It was the best choice for me as I was/am a stay at home mom. I now am a work at home mom, and actually I am "on call" for my job this weekend.

    All in all I say it depends on the school and what classes you are taking, and the professors, and then of course, your motivation to keep after yourself. It's about personal responsibility as well. Being responsible for yourself and making sure you schedule the time needed to get your classes done.

    Yes there are really, really crappy courses/"colleges" out there, but just as with any college, you NEED to really look into the college and what not before jumping in.
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        08-18-2012, 10:59 AM
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    Banned
    To my knowledge there are no accredited physcology degrees offered online. I spent some time looking a while ago.
    There are a couple of online schools that claim they are, but it's just some certification to some made up nonsense.
         
        08-18-2012, 11:13 AM
      #17
    Green Broke
    How on earth do you party online?!
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        08-18-2012, 11:18 AM
      #18
    Trained
    Never been on live chat?? Grab a adult beverage and parteeee
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        08-18-2012, 11:28 AM
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    Trained
    Lol GH! Those times can sure be entertaining as well lol
         
        08-18-2012, 02:49 PM
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    Green Broke
    Let's get some Chat Roulette goin on in here!
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