When looking to earn a degree, consider distance learning degrees! If you think that distance education degrees are inferior, think again!

Once upon a time, the only way to get a college degree was to spend a significant amount of money as well as an extensive amount of time at a specific campus pursuing that degree. But things have changed dramatically in recent years, with more and more schools delivering courses by mail, video, or over the Internet. Such course are delivered directly to the student, at a location desired by the student and at a time conducive to allowing the student to also continue his or her work and family responsibilities.

Today, a person can get a college degree of any level, a bachelor’s, master’s, or even a doctorate, and do so more quickly, less expensively, and on his or her living terms.

The list of distance learning degree programs now fills numerous pages of text. Many traditional schools offer distance learning degrees in certain areas, even as they continue to also offer the traditional course format. Today, even Ivy League schools such as Harvard offer some distance learning options. However, there are now many schools that focus entirely on distance learning, with particular schools forming speciality areas as well. It is at these schools that a student can earn his or her degree entirely off campus. These schools generally focus on degrees in a particular area, such as business or computer science, others in education or human resources while still others in criminal justice or in the allied health field. Whatever the area of interest, there is likely a school offering a distance education degree in that field.

However, before taking any courses, determine the accreditation rating of the school you are interested in. One of the greatest areas for potential fraud today is in the distance learning field. Studies have shown that illegitimate diploma mills take in $200 million a year in illicit revenue. The offerings at these schools have little to do with real learning and are primarily in the market to award fake credits and degrees.

There are some basic criteria for accreditation - these criteria are referred to as GAAP (Generally Accepted Accreditation Principles). Whatever the school’s listed credentials, be sure that any claimed accrediting agency is one that is approved by the National Educational Association (NEA). A full listing of the Regional Accrediting Organizations is available at the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) website. If you choose to take courses from a school that is legitimate but yet is without accreditation, you may find that a business might not accept the diploma earned at the school.

Once you have ascertained that your chosen institution is accredited, however, the skies the limit in terms of what you can accomplish from the comfort of your own computer!

Recommended reading (click on the picture for details):
Bears' Guide to College Degrees by Mail & Internet: 100 Accredited Schools That Offer Bachelor'S, Master'S, Doctorates, and Law Degrees by Distance Learning (College Degrees By Mail and Internet)