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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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...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Primarily 2-year, Private for-profit
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Not applicable

  • 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...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Primarily 2-year, Private for-profit
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Not applicable

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

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...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Primarily 2-year, Private for-profit
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Not applicable

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

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...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Primarily 2-year, Private for-profit
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Not applicable

  • 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 offers a Computer Support Technician Diploma program featuring courses in PC repair, troubleshoo...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Primarily 2-year, Private for-profit
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Diploma
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    1
  • Credit Type:
    Per Term

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:

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Certificate
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    28
  • Credit Type:

Microsoft Networking Certificate

A subset of the Networking Concentration at Lakeland Community College, the Microsoft Networking Certificate, is aimed primarily at those who have already earned a bachelor degree and wish to wide...

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

    Not applicable

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

Internet Programming Certificate

In the modern job market, where information technology is paramount and those who possess these skills are increasingly in-demand. Available to anyone, but geared towards college graduates who wis...

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

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Certificate
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    18
  • 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:

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Certificate
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    21
  • 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:

    Not applicable

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

Microcomputer Office Technology - Office Applications (OTGC1)

Metropolitan Community College offers a Microcomputer Office Technology – Office Applications (OTGC1) program that may be completed entirely online. Upon successful completion of the program, stud...

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

    Not applicable

  • 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:

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Associate
  • Delivery format:
  • Credit hrs to complete:
  • 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:

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Certificate
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    20
  • Credit Type:

CompTIA A+ Certified Preparation

Southeastern Technical College’s CompTIA A+ Certified Preparation program equips students with the skills needed to work towards CompTIA A+ certification. Earning the CompTIA A+ certificate ...

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

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Certificate
  • Delivery format:
    Mostly Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    11
  • Credit Type:
    Per Semester Credit

Computer Information Systems Diploma / Computer Support Specialist

Southeastern Technical College’s Computer Information Systems Diploma / Computer Support Specialist program helps students gain an understanding of the techniques, terminology, and common pr...

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

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Diploma
  • Delivery format:
    Mostly Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    59
  • Credit Type:
    Per Semester Credit

Computer Information Systems Diploma / Web Site Design

Southeastern Technical College’s Computer Information Systems Diploma / Web Site Design program prepares students to enter or advance in the computer information systems field. Coursework is...

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

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Diploma
  • Delivery format:
    Mostly Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    57
  • Credit Type:
    Per Semester Credit

Master of Science in Computer Science

Southern Methodist University’s Master of Science in Computer Science program contains core courses which cover material considered fundamental to graduate-level computer science and are req...

  • Sector of Institution:
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    United Methodist

  • Degree Level:
    Master
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    30
  • Credit Type:
    Per Semester Credit

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:
    Public, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Not applicable

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

Hardware Troubleshooting

This Hardware Troubleshooting curriculum from Wake Technical Community College intends to prepare students for employment with organizations that use computers to process, manage, and communicate ...

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

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Certificate
  • Delivery format:
    Hybrid
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    12
  • Credit Type:

IT Foundations

This IT Foundations curriculum from Wake Technical Community College prepares students for employment with organizations that use computers to process, manage, and communicate information. Course ...

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

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Certificate
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    18
  • Credit Type:

IT Support Management

This IT Support Management Certificate from Wake Technical Community College offers support managers the opportunity to develop and refine their technology support leadership skills. The program p...

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

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Certificate
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    15
  • 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:

    Not applicable

  • 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:

    Not applicable

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

A.A.S. Degree in Office Information Systems

The Associate of Applied Science Degree with an emphasis on Office Information Systems program at Western Wyoming Community College aims to prepare students for work in the modern electronic offic...

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

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Associate
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    64
  • Credit Type:

Undergraduate Certificate in Computer & Network Support Technician

Allen County Community College offers an online Computer and Network Support Technician certificate for students interested in a career functioning in computer repair and customer support. Student...

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

    Not applicable

  • Degree Level:
    Certificate
  • Delivery format:
    100% Online
  • Credit hrs to complete:
    18
  • Credit Type:
    Per Semester Credit

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