Get Started Now with Your Associate Degree Online
By Ashford University Staff
Whether you're just finishing high school or have been in the workforce a while, a college degree can improve your career prospects and even your earnings potential. For many people, an associate degree provides the perfect entryway to higher education as it offers specific skills advancement with potentially less time commitment than pursuing your bachelor's degree (which usually takes four years to earn).
Choosing the right degree is almost as critical for career success as deciding to pursue a degree in the first place. Learn more about the online associate degree offerings at Ashford University to see which of our flexible programs can support your vision for the future.
What is the Value of an Associate Degree?
An associate degree is a post-secondary degree that focuses on a particular course of study and typically takes approximately two years to achieve. Earning your associate degree from Ashford University offers you the flexibility of online learning so you can advance your career prospects now, while keeping your educational options open in the future. The credits you earn for your associate degree from Ashford may even be transferred toward the completion of an online bachelor's degree program later on.
As the job market grows increasingly competitive, having the specific qualifications and experience required for a particular job is even more important. Employers want to see what training and skills you bring to the table, and one of the best ways to pre-qualify yourself for a job is by having the right credentials.
A college degree can open the door to many industries, but its value doesn't end at landing a job. Studies have shown that earnings potential can rise based on your level of education. Ultimately, taking the first step toward higher education by earning your associate degree online is about more than expanding your mind – it can be a tangible investment in your future.
Ashford's Online Associate Degree Options
Ashford University offers associate degrees in two distinct areas of focus – education and military studies. Which degree path you choose will depend on your unique interests, experience, and career goals.
If you enjoy working with children, an online associate degree in early childhood education can pave the way to a variety of careers. Alumni have applied their degrees to pursue jobs in daycare facilities and other caregiving environments, such as teachers' aides, administrators, and more. When paired with additional training and credentials[i] in education, a background in early childhood education can also lead to teaching and curriculum development roles.
An online associate degree in military studies develops essential research, analytical, and critical thinking skills through in-depth exploration of the history of military conflict and the role of the American military in our country and the world. If you're considering a career in the armed forces or defense-related industries, or want to prepare yourself for further study at the undergraduate or graduate level, an online associate degree in military studies may be an attractive fit.
It's estimated that by 2020, 65 percent of jobs in the U.S. will require a college education. Give yourself the right tools and credentials to stand out in a competitive job market with an online associate degree from Ashford University. There's never been a better time to make an investment in your education—and your future.
Written by Ashford University staff
[i] * 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.