Career changers often ask me how to choose an online degree. I’ve never taken a degree online but have taught in several programs that are 100% online or that have an online component.
(1) Decide whether you really need another degree. I like to tell the story of a student who was taking courses when I taught in a live classroom many years ago. When she asked about career advancement, her boss kept telling her to take more courses. She sought my advice on what course to take next. I advised her to find a new job. Her boss seemed to be stalling.
(2) Find out whether you can achieve your goal with an online degree. If you aim for a job in a specific company or organization, make sure they’ll accept your degree. Many students are surprised to learn that some universities do not hire graduates of online programs for teaching positions. Even though your university is accredited, a specific career may not be open to you.
(3) Don’t shop based on price. Focus on the school’s track record. Where are their alumni now? What kind of faculty do they have?
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