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Online Education Degrees
We all want to leave our mark on the world. Earning your online education degree from Ashford University and inspiring waves of learners can be one of the best ways to achieve your goal. Whether you prefer working in the classroom or in administration, earning an online education degree can help you turn your passion into a career while having the opportunity to help others find theirs. More specifically, you can amplify your impact by maximizing the potential of how courses are designed, how children develop, how research is conducted, or how employees are trained. An online degree in education can prepare you for a new career or open up new opportunities in your current field.
Whether you have already begun your career in education or are just starting out, an online degree in education from Ashford University can help you get to the next stage in your career. Earning your degree online is a great option over traditional classroom learning. Every student enters from their own starting point in life, that’s why our education programs give you the complete flexibility to fit your classes around your unique schedule.
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Certification and Licensure Terms and Conditions
An online degree from Ashford University does not lead to immediate teacher licensure in any state. If you want to become a classroom teacher, contact your state's education authorities prior to enrolling at Ashford to determine what state-specific requirements you must complete before obtaining your teacher's license. Ashford graduates will be subject to additional requirements on a state-by-state basis that will include one or more of the following: student teaching or practicum experience, additional coursework, additional testing, or, if the state requires a specific type of degree to seek alternative certification, earning an additional degree. None of Ashford's online education programs are CAEP*, TEAC or NCATE accredited, which is a requirement for certification in some states. Other factors, such as a student’s criminal history, may prevent an applicant from obtaining licensure or employment in this field of study. All prospective students are advised to visit the Education Resource Organizations Directory (EROD) and to contact the licensing body of the state where they are licensed or intend to obtain licensure to verify that these courses qualify for teacher certification, endorsement, and/or salary benefits in that state prior to enrolling. Prospective students are also advised to regularly review the state’s policies and procedures relating to licensure as those policies are subject to change.
* The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) is the resulting entity from the merger of the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) and National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
The most obvious positions for a candidate with an online education degree are in a school and potentially a classroom, but a background in education has a much larger scope of potential employment options. Every educational system needs administrators, trainers, researchers, and designers with an eye for the big picture who can develop the logistics for educating large numbers of students. There are also positions that have sprung up due to the Internet’s expanding role in the field, including curriculum writers and media creators. Consulting may even be a viable path if you are interested in new opportunities, as it could offer a wider sphere of educational influence.
Courses in Education
The online education degree program was crafted to build the proper foundational skills for immediate and long-term success. The online education degree curriculum can equip you with the necessary skills to navigate through the always evolving field of education, as it focuses on the tried and true methods of the past along with the latest tactics and technologies that are currently in the field of education. Plus, there are courses that dive in and explore the specialization of your choice, whether you are studying early childhood education, child development, or special education.
Continuing Education Courses
Teachers can continue to build their skills throughout their careers with continuing education courses offered at Ashford University. Created in conjunction with Teaching Channel, this series of courses covers emerging trends in the education field. Courses may be used to satisfy the continuing education requirements for license renewal*. Ashford’s continuing education courses can also earn you graduate-level credits that may be transferred to other universities**. Never stop learning with continuing education.
*Check your state’s specific requirements for license renewal.
**Dependent upon the transfer credit policy of the receiving institution.
Choosing an Online College for Your Education Degree
When selecting a school for your online education degree, it’s important to take into consideration several different factors. First off, if you are interested in specializing in a specific major or degree program, it’s important to make sure the school offers the one you want. There are many unique differences between education degrees, so it’s important to make sure you are pursuing the one that aligns with your interests. For example, there are some differences between a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education compared to one in education studies.
Lastly, it’s important that you look into the different learning formats and different technologies that the schools offer. If you are curious about any of these factors, please contact us for more information. For example, if you are currently working in the education field, it may be difficult to have the time to take classes on a traditional college campus. Another benefit to earning your education degree online is the access to some of the best digital tools and services that are provided by leading online universities such as Ashford. These digital tools and services are often available 24-hours a day and are there to make your online learning experience as enjoyable as possible.