Friday, November 22, 2013

Online Degree Tips--The Importance of Accreditation

Ever thought of extending your education, but don't want to settle in to a brand new school? Online education may be the option for you!

In Canada, there are many online programs available for students to complete in the comfort of their own home. This is a great option for someone who is working, has a family, or doesn't have the time or desire to attend a physical institution.

How do I know which program to choose?
It can be like looking for a needle in a hay stack when it comes to finding the right online program. Make sure you do your research! An important thing to look for is to make sure the program is accredited. The accreditation process ensures that education received within a program is acceptable and meets standards to produce qualified individuals. Employers may also state in job postings that they require applicants to have education from an accredited program and/or from an accredited institution. A non-accredited degree could mean you don't get the job!

Where to start
For information on academic and occupational credentials for studying and working in Canada and abroad visit the Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials.

American Options
The infographic below has some great information and tips to consider when searching for American online programs. Also check out http://www.accreditedonlinecolleges.org/ for more information!



Accredited Online Colleges
Source: Accredited-Online-College.org


Nella Paris
Senior Career Assistant
Psychology Major (Honours)

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