Online Degree Programs have been around for many years, however until recent years were not considered to be an equal to in the classroom learning. But, as tuition has skyrocketed making it a requirement for many to work while getting their degree, Online Degree Programs have become more acceptable and diverse; providing the flexibility many people need in order to get the education they want and still pay the bills. The most important thing is choosing the right online courses to fit your needs and educational requirement levels.
Why choose to get your Degree or Certification Online?Online Degree Programs are a great educational alternative to traditional in the classroom learning for both new students fresh out of high school, and those individuals who may have been out of school working for a while who want to get their degree. Besides being more flexible than in class degree programs as to when you are attending instruction, Online courses are a great way for someone who has been in their field for an extended period of time to refresh their knowledge and skills or acquire new certifications, as well as receive updates in regards to industry changes. This is especially so in technical fields such as Electrical Engineering.
Choosing a Program that CountsIt is important when choosing an online program to make sure the classes are accredited and will work towards your goals. Choose an accredited school and verify with the academic advisors that the classes are accredited in the accreditation program that you are interested in. Since there are more than one or two accreditation organizations out there. This will save you frustration, time, and money in the end.
[Also read: 11 of the best universities for electrical engineering]
The Top Online Electrical Engineering Degree ProgramsAccording to the Guide for Online Schools website, the accreditation that you should be looking for in the Electrical Engineering field is the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), and the top three schools that offer this are:
- University of Delaware
- University of Arizona – Engineering
- Grantham University
Other things to ConsiderOne of the nice things about online classes is that you can live anywhere and attend that school. It is not always a good thing to choose a school out of your area though. If you need to deal with financial or administrative issues you will have to do it all either by mail, phone, or email. Additionally if you need extra help such as a writing service, or tutoring services you will have to search outside of the school since you will not be near campus to take advantage of these services if they offer them. Some universities have taken this into consideration and established satellite offices or schools to offer these services to their out of state online students as a way to entice more enrollment in their programs. This is something that you should figure into your decision making process.
Author: Elizabeth Leer is a former Children's Book Editor, with more than 3 decades of business world experience and writing for businesses, Elizabeth is able to write on just about anything.