What Degrees Can I Earn Online?

With limited exceptions (such as medical school programs), there are few degrees that you cannot earn through online education or?distance learning. There are accredited distance education programs available which range from elementary school to doctoral programs. For example, the Calvert School Home Instruction Department offers kindergarten through eighth grade to students at a distance. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Independent Study High School offers a complete high school diploma program. Bethany University offers numerous bachelor's degrees through distance learning while Liberty University has a variety of distance education master's programs.?At the doctoral level, schools such as Regent University offer Ph.D. and Ed.D. programs which are delivered primarily online. These are merely examples of the numerous accredited degree programs available and there are countless other courses, certificates, continuing education credits, and other options. Visit the Christian Distance Learning Program Guides to browse current listings of over 450 regionally accredited schools, colleges, and degree programs.

Can I Earn a High School Diploma Online?

Yes. Many of the programs listed in the K-12 directory section, such as the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Independent Study High School, offer recognized and accredited high school diploma programs. Furthermore, depending on the regulations in your state, you can pursue a high school education under the umbrella of homeschooling and mix and match your studies from any number of Christian and secular institutions. Northstar Academy, for example, has a really interesting hybrid program that combines online learning and parental tutoring.

What Type of Program is Best?

Different programs work best with different people. Different levels of reading, audiotapes, videotapes, or online methods of delivery may be preferable to different individuals. Some students may prefer to work individually while others benefit from collaborative group work.  Som learners may gravitate to an individually-constructed degree program (such as the Individualized Master of Arts program offered by the Antioch University McGregor) while others would do better in a more structured curriculum (such as Reformed Theological Seminary's Master of Arts distance program). Rather than falling into the trap that one particular distance or online learning approach or curriculum structure is the best, select a program that fits your educational needs and learning preferences. Furthermore, be sure to see whether you have the opportunity to apply your learning through practical assignments or mentoring relationships. Be sure to read Succeeding as a Distance Learner to ensure that you're ready for online learning.

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