Christian Distance Learning
How Do You Choose?
There are many options when it comes to Christian distance learning – or online Christian colleges. But how do you know which program is right for you?________________________________________________
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Here are some things to consider when choosing an online Christian college.
- Cost. Overall costs should be somewhat lower than traditional on-campus costs. That's because there should be fewer fees – no library fees, no parking fees, no filling up your gas tank, etc. You may, however, have to pay a "technology" fee for the use of online resources.
- Accreditation. Check on two things: 1) Is the school itself accredited? 2) Are their online degrees accredited the same as their on-campus degrees.
- Online same as offline. Some schools may distinguish between on-campus and online degrees. Make sure the school you choose provides the same degree whether you are on-campus or off.
- Set class times. Some people will like to login and participate in a classroom type setting with other students. But one of the primary advantages of Christian distance learning – or online Christian college – is that you have schedule flexibility. Most people will want to know what their assignments are and when they are due. They won't want to have to be on their computer at set times during the week.
- Speed. You should expect that you have the option to accelerate your degree process with online classes. You may be able to cut a half or even a full year off the time it takes you to earn your degree.
- Class size – professor interaction. How many students does each professor have? Does she have hundreds, dozens, or 30? Make sure that you have at least limited access to your professor. A phone number and email address are ideal.
- World-wide location. This may be obvious, but you want to make sure that you can earn your degree wherever you are. Even if you are in the military stationed in the Middle East, you should still be able to work toward your degree.
- Degree mills. There are some schools that do the least amount possible to offer a degree program. They just try to push as many students through as possible. These schools are called, degree mills. If you are looking for a good education, find schools that have a superb reputation.
- Degree selection. By nature, you can expect that Christian distance learning will offer fewer degrees than traditional on-campus programs. However, don't settle for a degree you don't want just because one school doesn't offer what you want online. Look around.
Christian Distance Learning Conclusion
Now you know what to look for in an online Christian college. Go ahead and see our list of available Christian distance learning programs here.