Distance learning education has been around for centuries through traditional letters and other creative means, but online education is still a relatively new field. Although the technology is different, the mission of education and academic standards are the same as traditional education: providing quality education. Many online schools do that, while others are just grinding degrees or direct fraud. And of course, there are many variations in the middle.
When you are looking for an online school, it is important to know what you are looking for, and what to look out for. Here are some parameters to help you choose the best online school for you.
Accreditation is the first and most important aspect of any school. Make sure the right association – preferably a regional association – has accredited the school that you investigated. This will ensure that it meets the academic requirements and other institutions will receive the credit you make. Attending a school that is not well accredited will not only cause you headaches on campus, but with future employers as well.
You also want to check whether the accreditation institution is legal. Some of them did not review the school very carefully and some would approve almost everyone for a fee. Your best bet is to verify that the accreditation association is supported by the Country Department of Education.