Online Bachelor's Degree in Counseling
If you are pursuing a job as a career counselor or looking for entry level counseling support work or in a non-therapeutic setting, a bachelor’s degree in counseling, psychology or related field is a good starting point. A bachelor's degree is not sufficient for licensed counseling practice, however, it is an important stepping-stone toward a career in counseling. A completed bachelor's degree is required for acceptance to any master's in counseling degree program.
Undergraduate degrees in counseling or psychology provide a strong academic background for aspiring professional counselors as the curriculum provides a foundation for master’s level courses. A bachelor's degree with a different focus may still be applicable, but additional coursework may be required.
- Synchronous Learning: Synchronous learning requires you to log in and attend classes at specific times as classes are conducted in real time. These types of classes usually require a webcam and limit scheduling flexibility a bit, but the result is an engaging classroom environment.
- Asynchronous Learning: Asynchronous learning allows you to log in and view lectures at your convenience. However, do not forget that there are still deadlines for assignments.
- Cohort Model: Some programs use a cohort-learning model, meaning you are part of a specific class of students that proceeds through the program together. In this instance, there is a set of courses that must be followed in a specific order. This model gives you the opportunity to network and become friends with your classmates and work with them in a collaborative environment.
- Flexible Course Scheduling: This model allows you to choose when you take each required course and lets you vary your course load from semester to semester. Some schools set a limit on the number of years needed to complete a degree. Without the same set of classmates, you are exposed to a diverse range of people and opinions.
Regardless of the preferred online education style at your university, many universities offer access to academic advisors who can help you devise a class schedule and graduation timeline that suits your needs and helps you reach your goals.