When you first start considering a distance education university, you may think about what your goals are. The first thing you want to do is know where the university is located so that you can book a flight or take a bus to your program. Also you want to determine if there is a meeting place near you so that you can gather with others as you progress through your program. You also want to find out if you need to apply for financial aid or if the university will help you in this regard.
It is important to find out if the distance education university you are thinking about enrolling in is accredited. A degree from an accredited institution is the safest and most solid route to take. The best way to know this is to find a school that has earned accreditation from the Council for Higher Education, or CHEA. You can find out if your chosen school is accredited by checking their website.
Before enrolling, you should always make sure that you have already obtained a certain amount of work experience. There are many employers who will prefer to hire a student with at least five years of work experience. Accredited schools will require you to have this amount of work experience. If you do not have any previous work experience, it is recommended that you take a semester at the distance education university where you want to complete your degree. It is possible that you will not be accepted to their program if you do not have a prior experience, but it is easier to build on your previous work experience than it is to take remedial courses that you already have. It will also help to have a “real world” experience while you are in school as this is a great way to add to your knowledge base.