Thinking of Going Back to School? Education Options for Busy Moms

 By: Pat Brill
If you've been thinking about going back to school, you'll be happy to know that you have more options than you realize. Colleges and other schools recognize that adult students have different needs from traditional students and are responding with evening classes and online courses that make it possible for even the busiest mom on the block to earn a degree or certification in an ever-growing variety of disciplines.

Some of the options to consider when deciding about going back to school are:

- Two-year colleges
- Vocational schools
- Technical colleges
- Local universities
- Online colleges and universities
- Correspondence courses
- Distance learning programs

In addition, there are interior design schools, art colleges, and culinary schools that you can choose from. These are a few of the many specialized schools and colleges out there where you can earn a certification or degree in the specific discipline you're interested in.

Most local colleges, universities, and technical schools now offer classes in the evenings to make it easier for adult students to attend classes. Many of them offer online courses as well, so it's possible for you to attend classes and earn a degree from them without ever setting foot in a classroom.

"Virtual" schools are one of the hottest trends going for moms who want to go back to school, but are busy with jobs and families. These virtual schools, otherwise known as distance learning institutes and online universities, have gained amazing popularity in the last five years and are now recognized as legitimate sources for getting a college degree by some of their toughest critics.

One benefit of attending classes at a local college or technical school is that you get to take full advantage of the classroom setting. You'll have peers to turn to for advice, and even homework assignment help. This student community can be very good for you if you haven't set foot in a classroom for many years, as you won't feel isolated and alone in your scholastic pursuits.

However, online colleges offer you the advantage of being able to attend classes whenever it suits your schedule. They're also quite flexible in allowing you as much time or as little as you need to turn in assignments and meet the course requirements. This allows you to finish up a certification program or earn a degree much more quickly than you can in a traditional school setting, where the quarter or semester system is rigidly enforced.

To find the best back-to-school option for you, check out the web. You can research a multitude of distance learning programs to find one that offers a degree or certification for exactly the profession you want. You can also find out everything you need to know about your local colleges and universities online. Most have their own informative websites. So if you're thinking about going back to school, don't waste another second. Hit the Superhighway and start doing your homework-it'll be excellent practice for when you do become a student.

Copyright 2006 Pat Brill
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