Online Social Work Degrees


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School Surprises


"More Social Than I Ever Imagined...
I was surprised at how easy it was to navigate the online course and how much I could relate to the other students and the professor. I was also surprised at the amount of interaction that we had as a class, as in the discussion boards. I enjoyed it." (counselor; 2014)

Career: 1 years of experience, currently based in Texas, female
School: Studied Psychology at Shsu in Texas; completed Bachelor degree in 2012



"Harder Then I Was Expecting...
I was surprised how hard it was. It was much harder then when I went to college as a kid (I went back to school for a different degree). I liked having all my class work provided at once but it was hard to coordinate with the teachers sometimes and they didn't always get back to me right away which made it hard to work fast at times." (nanny; 2013)

Career: 2 years of experience, currently based in Washington, female
School: Studied Child Care at Shoreline Community College in Washington; completed Associate degree in 2011


"The Skills To Succeed...
I was surprised how Buena Vista University's online program challenged me. The program taught me how to think critically and how to manage my time properly. These two abilities have been critical for my job. I was also surprised and impressed with the course selection. I expected to have a limited selection of courses and a strictly designed program. To my surprise, I was able to choose from a number of courses that interested me." (Human Resources Manager; 2014)

Career: 3 years of experience, currently based in Iowa, male
School: Studied Human Resources at Buena Vista University in Iowa; completed Bachelor degree in 2011


"Staying Caught Up...
I was surprised by how easy it is to stay caught up with the work. I was in no danger of being overworked." (Community Social Worker; 2013)

Career: 2 years of experience, currently based in Texas, male
School: Studied Social Work at Virginia College in Virginia in 2010


"Online College Great For Working Person Who Want To Continue Their Education...
I was surprised that some of the online classes used life experiences as a credit. I was surprised that I could continue to work and take online classes. I was surprised at how much help you get from the professors when you need help. I worked at my own speed and I still finished on time. I was surprised to get a 3.8 grade point from an online college program." (Substance abuse counselor- Certified Addiction Professional; 2013)

Career: 18 years of experience, currently based in Florida, female
School: Studied Social Work - Substance Abuse Counselor at Cambridge Online University in Hawaii; completed Bachelor degree in 1991


"No Instruction Provided...
I was surprised most about having no help from an instructor to obtain my diploma. I feel if I had known that, I would have looked at a few different online schools. It made it more difficult in getting my diploma." (Human Resource Manager; 2013)

Career: 1 years of experience, currently based in Wisconsin, female
School: Studied Human Resources at Alison; completed Diploma degree in 2010


"More Expensive Than I Thought...
I was really surprised of the cost of an online university. I thought that it would be less costly than a traditional university but it wasn't." (Family Service Worker; 2014)

Career: 5 years of experience, currently based in Michigan
School: Studied Criminal Justice at Kaplan University in Illinois; completed Bachelor degree in 2011


"More Course Work Than I Thought...
I was surprised how much work each class actually was and how biased online teachers can be." (Social worker's assistant; 2014)

Career: 1 years of experience, currently based in Florida, female
School: Studied Associate Of Arts In Psychology at Axia College (University Of Phoenix); completed Associate degree in 2011


"More Community Cooperative And Visibility Than Anticipated...
The group work. I was surprised that the format made it easy to have online group discussions and exchange ideas. I was able to have notifications sent to my cell phone when I had a new reply." (Medical Disability Examiner; 2014)

Career: 2 years of experience, currently based in Florida, female
School: Studied Social Work at University Of West Florida in Florida; completed Bachelor degree in 2011


"Lack Of Instructional Support...
I was most surprised by the lack of support from many of the professors. Many times, when questions arose about the course work, it took a lengthy amount of time to receive support and help. I was also taken aback by the prerecorded lectures that were, most often, at least 2 years old. Since things change so frequently, I felt that by using old lectures, the professors were not providing up to date information." (Family social worker; 2013)

Career: 5 years of experience, currently based in Indiana, female
School: Studied Social Work at IPFW in Indiana; completed Bachelor degree in 2006


"Efficient And Helpful Advisors And Instructors...
I was surprised that the structure offered by Ashford was so thorough. I had help whenever I needed it. I had a few instances where I was very ill and needed some time off. My advisor was quick to let me know the steps to take and set up my break. I learned so much from my online education." (social worker; 2013)

Career: 1 years of experience, female
School: Studied Liberal Arts at Ashford in Iowa; completed Bachelor degree in 2012


"Easier Than You May Think...
I was surprised how easy to follow an online program is." (social worker; 2014)

Career: 2 years of experience, currently based in Georgia, female
School: Studied Sociology at Kennesaw State University in Georgia; completed Bachelor degree in 2012


"Classroom Interaction...
The degree to which interaction occurred between myself and other individuals enrolled in the program is what most surprised me. The classes were arranged in such a way that interaction became an essential part of the experience. This provided a learning environment that contained all of the discussion and debate that generally occurs in traditional classroom." (Counselor; 2014)

Career: 14 years of experience, currently based in Pennsylvania, male
School: Studied Human Services at Capella University in Minnesota; completed Master degree in 2008

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Best School Tips


"The Credits That You Earn Will Be Just As Valuable...
take the class seriously. treat it as you would any other class." (counselor; 2014)


"Watch Your Time And Ask Questions When You Have Them...
Manage your time wisely. Set aside time everyday to work on your schoolwork and do not leave anything until the last minute. If you have questions do not be afraid to ask." (social worker; 2013)


"Talk To Professors...
Be sure to email your professors a lot, as they're a great resource for help and advice." (Community Social Worker; 2013)


"Take The Time To Insure Your Success Before You Start...
Take the time to make sure the program in which you are enrolling fits your vocational needs. Make sure you spend enough time discussing this with your admissions counselor." (Counselor; 2014)


"Stay On Track...
In order to be successful in an online program you must not fall behind. It's important to long on everyday to see what the professor may have posted." (social worker; 2014)


"Stay Focused...
Make sure that you are a determined person and can work without distraction. Know your lesson plan to stay on task. Ask for help when needed." (Substance abuse counselor- Certified Addiction Professional; 2013)


"Schedule Your Time Wisely...
I would definitely make sure you take time to really schedule your class work. Don't just do it when you have time- treat it like "real" school and create a schedule to follow. This will help you not fall behind." (nanny; 2013)


"Preparedness Leads To Success...
Take the time to go over the curriculum and information for each class so you know what to expect. Do not assume that all classes will be taught in the same manner. Also ensure that you allot enough time per class each week so that you can reduce your academic stress." (Family social worker; 2013)


"Make Time Management Key To Your Success...
Make sure that you a lot enough time everyday, at the same time everyday, to commit to your studies. Familiarize yourself with your academic counselor throughout your time at the school." (Medical Disability Examiner; 2014)


"Decide If You Need Instruction...
Spend more time looking around at different online schools. It was very difficult without an instructor and could prevent you from getting your diploma." (Human Resource Manager; 2013)


"Credits And Transferring...
Make sure you research if your credits will be transferable." (Family Service Worker; 2014)


"Connect To Success...
Learn how to manage your time for school. The effort you put in is more important than how smart you are. Use your resources. Reach out to professors, connect with classmates, use the school's website to your advantage." (Human Resources Manager; 2014)


"Call Your Teacher...
Don't get into a back and forth with a teacher via e-mail, pick up the phone and call them." (Social worker's assistant; 2014)