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Earn your bachelor's degree in six months
There are many colleges to chose from these days and many of them offer accelerated programs, credit for life experience but not many of them allow you to complete a bachelor degree in less than six months, as a matter of fact, I don't know any legitimate college that does that by you attending classes. But I will tell you how to earn your legitimate bachelors degree in less than six months without attending one day of class.
It's not very hard to do but it does take some planning and time to prepare. If you already have college credit that's a bonus, but with this strategy high school dropouts can earn their diploma without taking a GED test or going back to school. Graduating high school is another bonus because most high school students are already prepped for college.
FiRst things first:
Assess your situation to see how far you are from earning your degree; how many credits you do have, any life/work experience or certificates you do have, your knowledge base, your ability to study on your own if needed
What you want your major in
What will you do with your degree once you've earned it
How much time you have to dedicate to this venture; including research, study, exams
- Your budget
Earn your accredited bachelor in six months – the more credits you have the less time it will take
Assuming that you graduated high school or you are brighter than the average dropout and are academically adequate to pass a few exams here is the deal. If you are a military person you will use DANTES but for regular people you will use CLEP as a stepping stone. In this article we are using CLEP (College Level Education Program), Life/work experience portfolio and HSD if you have one (if not no problem).
First step is to find a school that will award 100% credit towards your degree so long as you have all the required credits for graduation. Currently there aren't many Schools that do that so I have two Schools available for you to choose from; Thomas Edison State College and Excelsior College are accredited schools that offer a full degree after submitting your documents. You must enroll as a student and pay some student fees then apply for your degree. You must visit their website in order to see which programs are available via this method. This research will take you less than a day.
Next, gather your resume, all the recommendations you can, preferably from past employers. Any certificates you might have gained and place them in a folder. Make sure the school you are applying for will award credits this way. Find out if they need anything else in your portfolio and submit. The results of the assessment may take a month.
Third step is to take some general ed exams with CLEP if you do not have a HSD or GED. These subjects are Math, English, General Science and Humanities.
Next is to sit exams in areas for the additional credits that you may need for the core courses. These exams are through CLEP. To know the core for each degree program you would need to visit the school website and download the program course. Compare it to what you already have. It would be better to wait for your assessment results from your portfolio in order to know what area your credits were awarded.
- After you have completed all the required credits by sitting the CLEP exams, gather all your transcripts and exam results, your assessment results from your work experience and your GED/HDS transcripts and submit to the school of your choice. When you applied for the degree,they would have supplied you with a list of all the requirements for submission. They may require that you take one exam at their school.
Note: What I would do is agree to take the last two exams with the school. Exams are within the same price range the last time I checked.
This is just a sample of your credits earnings. It might be different depending on your current credit standings, the credits awarded through experience and exa
Life/work experience credit
1 - 2 weeks
Credit from High school
General education credits
2 weeks ( 2 exams/week)
8 weeks (2 exams/week)
4 weeks ( 2 exams/week)
Majors that can be completed this way
- BA Marketing
- BA Business Administration
- BA Business Management
- BA General Education
- BA Humanities
- BA Social Sciences
- BSc. Social Sciences
- BSc. General Sciences
- BA Linguistics
You may choose a BSc. or BA depending what your preference is or what the school offers. If you are in a hurry or find that you cannot complete the exams in six months you can opt for the Associates degree by taking the same time but cutting the credits in half and taking more time to study and doing one exam per week.
There are CLEP testing centers all over the world so this is attainable from almost any country but especially in the US. Thomas Edison and Excelsior also offers distance education so anyone from anywhere in the world can apply for their degree.
Non Credit courses you can take towards your portfolio
There are many non credit certificates and courses you can take from prestigious schools towards your degree. If you are taking this route for you BA degree, having a certificate from a prestigious or Ivy league school will look great on your resume.
Some of these School offer free courses as well and the courses are usually short and self paced. If you live near one of these schools you can go in to classes there; but no worries, most of these non credit courses and certificates are offered online. To enroll in non credit courses you do not need to submit any transcripts.
Here are a few schools to consider.
- Harvard Extension Online - Free and paid courses
- Berkeley Online Education - Free and paid courses
- Oxford University Online - Paid courses
- Cornell University Online - Paid Courses
The best route for your degree
If you have never attended college before then I would suggest enrolling in a couple courses for credit to add to your portfolio. Attending college gives you an experience that will assist you in the workforce. You will be tutored, given assignments and deadlines which will come in handy when you get a job.
Attending school is what prepares us for life and the experiences gathered cannot be simulated or replaced.
If you do decide to take a few courses here is what to do
- Apply to a school such as the one above and enroll in a few courses for credit. Another School which offers up to 75% credit for previous work and college is Adams State College.
- Gather all your documents as usual, sit whatever exams you need to get to that 75% credit and take courses that will fill the other 25%.
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