List of Accredited Online Degrees

An alternative education can be obtained from students attending a vocational school. A vocational school is designed for individuals aspiring to technical and trade careers. The hands-on experiences gained from attending a trade school will enhance the practical skills of mechanics, construction workers, computer IT professionals, healthcare assistants, justice and security providers and many more occupations.

The specific purpose of the trade, vocational and career colleges came into existence because of historical governmental incentives to educate the working class in basic and necessary traits that benefit the general population. Trade and tech schools focus on teaching a single specific skill, rather than the liberal arts education provided at colleges and universities. Most career colleges design a curriculum for careers that normally have current and future growth potential.

Vocational schools and career colleges vary in a few details, but provide students similar types of degrees and certificates. Vocational schools are government-owned or supported learning institutions, that normally grant degrees or certificates with two full years of study, and earned credits are largely accepted by other higher education establishments. Career colleges are usually not funded by the government and generally grant degrees or certificates in courses in shorter periods of time. The recent accusations of career colleges ‘over-promising’ graduates expectations has tightened standards and increased regulations.

The use of vocational and career colleges has seen a transition, as some of the specific areas of study are now being offered at accredited colleges and universities recognizing the need for skilled tradesman. The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is the largest American national education association that is responsible for the standardized advancement of career and vocational education. A very notable technical school, which has produced very successful graduates, is The California Institute of Technology. Students interested in pursuing an education with a career or vocational school should research the actual career placement potentials as well as transferability of credits as well as accreditation.

 

List of Accredited Online Degrees

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Associate of Applied Science in Information Technology

If you are interested in becoming an information technology professional, but need to enhance your skills and knowledge before you seek employment, the online Associate of Applied Science in Infor...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private, for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    None

  • Degree Level:
    Associate
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    90
  • Credit Type:
    Per Quarter Credit

Associate of Applied Science in Information Technology / Networking

From remote workstations to shared servers and beyond, computer networking enables individuals to communicate and share information from across the office and the globe. The networking concentrati...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private, for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    None

  • Degree Level:
    Associate
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    90
  • Credit Type:
    Per Quarter Credit

Forensic Computer Examiner Certificate

In order to teach students skills of investigation, Penn Foster Career School is offering a Certificate for a Forensic Computer Examiner. Students interested in the program cover security, crimina...

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  • Religious Affiliation:
  • Degree Level:
    Certificate
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    9
  • Credit Type:
    courses

Computer Programming Languages Certificate

In order to prepare students for entry-level positions as computer programmers or database managers, Penn Foster Career School offers a Certificate for Computer Programming Languages. Students rec...

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  • Degree Level:
    Certificate
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    4
  • Credit Type:
    courses

Undergraduate Certificate in Graphic Design

Penn Foster offers an Undergraduate Certificate in Graphic Design consisting of 31 credits. Students complete two basic skills assessments to ensure readiness into the program. If a student does n...

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  • Degree Level:
    Certificate
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    31
  • Credit Type:

Computer Graphic Artist

By completing a Computer Graphic Artist diploma through Penn Foster Career School, students are able to learn graphic design skills online and at their own pace. Students are taught page layout te...

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  • Degree Level:
    Diploma
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    6
  • Credit Type:
    units

Computer Support Technician

Many businesses rely on computer technicians to keep their business operating smoothly. Penn Foster Career School offers a Computer Support Technician Diploma program. Students in the Computer Sup...

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  • Degree Level:
    Diploma
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    10
  • Credit Type:
    courses

User Support Specialist Certificate

For prospective students with an interest in computers, programming, and internet technology who already have a bachelor degree in a different field or don’t wish to approach secondary educa...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Public, 2-year
  • Religious Affiliation:
    N/A
  • Degree Level:
    Certificate
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    28
  • Credit Type:

Computer Technology Basics Certificate of Completion

The Computer Technology Basics Certificate of Completion program at Lansing Community College is offered completely online. The program’s course schedules are flexible, however, the curriculum is ...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Public, 2-year
  • Religious Affiliation:
    N/A
  • Degree Level:
    Certificate
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    21
  • Credit Type:

Computer Support Specialist Certificate

The Computer Support Specialist program at Laramie County Community College allows students to complete courses and earn the certificate entirely online. The online program’s courses offer flexibl...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Public, 2-year
  • Religious Affiliation:
    N/A
  • Degree Level:
    Certificate
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    27
  • Credit Type:

Web Specialist Associate of Applied Science

Macomb Community College offers a Web Specialist Associate of Applied Science degree. The hybrid environment of this program offers students increased flexibility and convenience of attending port...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Public, 2-year
  • Religious Affiliation:
    N/A
  • Degree Level:
    Associate
  • Delivery format:
    Hybrid
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    106
  • Credit Type:

Microcomputer Office Technology -- Information Technology (OTTCO)

Metropolitan Community College offers a Microcomputer Office Technology – Information Technology (OTTCO) program that awards the Certificate of Achievement upon successful completion. Students wil...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Public, 2-year
  • Religious Affiliation:

    N/A

  • Degree Level:
    Certificate
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    515
  • Credit Type:

Associate of Applied Science in Administrative Support Technology

The Associate of Applied Science in Administrative Support Technology degree offered by New River Community College is a program of study that is available to students in a completely online forma...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Public, 2-year
  • Religious Affiliation:
    N/A
  • Degree Level:
    Associate
  • Delivery format:
  • Credit hrs to complete:
  • Credit Type:

HIT - Coding Specialist

Looking for a position in the healthcare system? The HIT-coding specialist diploma program offered by Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) could be an ideal option for getting into the healthca...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Public, 2-year
  • Religious Affiliation:

    N/A

  • Degree Level:
    Diploma
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    465
  • Credit Type:

Personal Computer User Certificate

Richland College currently offers a Personal Computer User Level 1 Certificate as part of their Computer Information Technology Program.  This program provides basic training for individuals ...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Public, 2-year
  • Religious Affiliation:
    N/A
  • Degree Level:
    Certificate
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    20
  • Credit Type:

Computer Information Systems Diploma - Computer Support Specialist

The Computer Information Systems Diploma in Computer Support Specialist program at Southeastern Technical College was created to help students gain an understanding of the techniques, terminology,...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Public, 2-year
  • Religious Affiliation:
    N/A
  • Degree Level:
    Diploma
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    57
  • Credit Type:

Certificate of Completion Help Desk

Students looking to pursue entry-level career opportunities as lT Help Desk Technicians should consider Leeward Community College. This community college offers a Certificate of Completion in Help...

  • Sector of Institution:
    4-year, Public
  • Religious Affiliation:

    None

  • Degree Level:
    Certificate
  • Delivery format:
    Hybrid
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    21
  • Credit Type:

Software Specialist Certificate

The Computer Information Technology curriculum is designed to prepare graduates for employment with organizations that use computers to process, manage, and communicate information. Employers incr...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Public, 2-year
  • Religious Affiliation:
    N/A
  • Degree Level:
    Certificate
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    17
  • Credit Type:

Networking Technology

The Networking Technology curriculum from Wake Technical Community College aims to prepare individuals for employment supporting local- and wide-area networks. Students will learn about using tech...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Public, 2-year
  • Religious Affiliation:

    N/A

  • Degree Level:
    Associate
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    72
  • Credit Type:

Technical Specialist

West Georgia Technical College offers a Technical Specialist Certificate for professionals interested in learning about the communication, management, and technical skills needed for general and s...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Public, 2-year
  • Religious Affiliation:

    N/A

  • Degree Level:
    Certificate
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    36
  • Credit Type:

Business Application and Database Management

The Certificate of Achievement in Business Application and Database Management at West Los Angeles College is designed for students that are interested in strengthening their skills and knowledge ...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Public, 2-year
  • Religious Affiliation:

    N/A

  • Degree Level:
    Certificate
  • Delivery format:
    Hybrid
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    16
  • Credit Type:

Computer and Network Support Technician

Allen County Community College offers a Computer and Network Support Technician certificate for students whose careers involve functioning in computer repair and customer support. Other individual...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Public, 2-year
  • Religious Affiliation:
    N/A
  • Degree Level:
    Certificate
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    18
  • Credit Type:

Computer Systems Support-Associate in Applied Science

This Computer Systems Support degree from Atlantic Cape Community College serves students who seek a career in computing, but are not interested in programming or transferring to a four-year schoo...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Public, 2-year
  • Religious Affiliation:

    N/A

  • Degree Level:
    Associate
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    66
  • Credit Type:
    credits

Certificate in Microsoft Access

California State University in Fullerton offers an online certificate program in Microsoft Access, which aims to satisfy a busy professional student’s need for higher education while staying...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Public, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:
    N/A
  • Degree Level:
    Certificate
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    51
  • Credit Type:

Microsoft Office Application Professional Technical Certificate

The Microsoft Office Application Professional Technical Certificate of Credit program at Central Georgia Technical College is designed for students seeking the word processing, spreadsheet, databa...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Public, 2-year
  • Religious Affiliation:

    N/A

  • Degree Level:
    Certificate
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    22
  • Credit Type:

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