The advantages of online education range from convenience, increased knowledge retention, and the option to accelerate your programme. Many different online degrees are available depending on your current education level. These degrees offer the opportunity to excel within the workforce by having superior qualifications to your competitors. Most often, increased qualifications result in a higher salary as well. Here is an outline of the degree programmes available through online education:
- Secondary School Degree:
The on-line secondary school degree will offer increased salary potential and it provides a convenient, low-pressure arena to complete this universally desired degree. A secondary school programme is helpful for Brits or members of the UK who did not complete their education track. Additionally, this degree programme is helpful for those thinking of moving or working in the United States, as it offers a comparable level of accreditation for their system of education.
- Certificate Programmes
Certificates are typically for field professionals to gain more specialised knowledge in necessary workforce skills. These programmes are short, generally less than 10 courses in a specific discipline, and certificates are typically earned at the student’s pace.
- Associate Degree:
An Associate Degree is typically a 2-year programme, however, this can be accelerated in online coursework. This type of degree is traditionally offered at junior colleges and technical schools. Coursework will include general education requirements, degree requirements, and electives. The degree will result in the ability to be hired on for mid-level technology positions.
- Bachelor’s Degree
A Bachelor’s Degree is a 4-year programme at most land universities, but can be accelerated in an online education programme. The Bachelor’s Degree will result in an increased salary potential, and a Bachelor's Degree is required for most entry-level positions. The coursework, similar to the Associate Degree, requires coursework in general education, degree requirements, and electives. However, the Bachelor’s Degree requires approximately double the amount of credits as the Associate degree.
- Master’s Degree
The Master’s Degree programme offers those with a Bachelor’s Degree to opportunity gain more specialised knowledge and training in a specific area of study. In comparison, the Bachelor’s Degree is a much more broad degree than the Master’s Degree. The programme is typically 1-2 years in coursework that is specific to your field of study. In addition to the 1-2 years worth of credits the student needs to accumulate, a thesis may be required as well. The Master’s Degree will result in increased salary potential over a Bachelor's Degree.
An online PhD Degree can offer the student the highest salary potential, as well as the highest workforce position potential. The PhD programme is a programme one must be extremely passionate about, as it requires a large commitment to research. Along with the research, doctoral programmes typically take 4-6 years to complete. Additionally, it is required to write a dissertation that combines the coursework and research the student has completed. The advantage of completing this programme on-line is that students are able to work at their own pace, whether that is faster or slower in comparison to a campus university.