An online counseling master? Or are folks searching for information on an online counseling masters's degree?
No matter which of the above internet searches is involved, you are going to find a lot of marketers speaking to the ease and flexibility of achieving a degree, or certificate online, but I do not see much about how employers or customers respond to those degrees.
Is there accreditation of the online schools as there is for the bricks and mortar versions?
Here is an example of how one institution handles that question..."one of North America's leading providers of business, technology, health care technology and management education, offers degree programs to set your career in motion and make employers take notice.
With its accelerated format, earn your degree in as few as three years, or enjoy your college experience at a more relaxed pace. Choose to:
* learn online... any time, anywhere * attend one of more than 90 locations across North America * or try a combination: online or onsite instruction.
[This university] is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association (NCA), www.ncahlc.org. Keller Graduate School of Management is included in this accreditation." According to Jennifer Williamson, an online education expert writing at Distance Educaton.org, be sure to determine if the institution you are looking at is accredited by either the USDE or the CHEA.
"The USDE and CHEA: Separating Legitimate Agencies from Accreditation Mills
In many countries, accreditation is handled by the government or a single government-sponsored agency. In the U.S., there are many independent, nonprofit accreditors. Unfortunately, there are also plenty of illegitimate accrediting scams out there. So how do you know that your school’s accreditor is legitimate? Easy: check to see if your regulator is regulated.
The U.S. government does not accredit schools, but it does recognize accreditors. The U.S. Department of Education (USDE) is required by law to maintain a list of accreditors nationally recognized to be reliable education authorities.
In addition, a network of schools provides a regulating body to oversee accreditors. The Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) is a group of over 3,000 colleges and universities that also recognizes independent accreditors.
Accreditors may be recognized by one or both of these institutions to be considered legitimate."
I think accreditation is an important consideration if you are going to be moving into a field where a license will be required.
I am not sure, but if you apply to a licensing body with a degree from an unaccreditated school, I am not sure you will be allowed to take the test.
And it now appears that employers are accepting online credentials, in part because companies are doing so much of their own internal online training and recognizing the value.
That is good news for us Boomers, who have small children. We can spend some time with them and continue our educations to stay current.
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