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Postby ErikHeaven » Thu Jun 30, 2011 7:29 pm

I know i posted another thread bashing college yet i am writing this for those who will need that degree to teach overseas or any other degree. Many decent paying jobs only require an associates degree. If you need a degree why not get it cheaper and faster. You do this by CLEP. Its the College Level Examination Program. Most major schools have it. Lets say you want to become a nurse and the prerequistes state you need biology. You will have to sit in class and pay maybe 200.00 to learn it. With CLEP you study on your own go to the college take the test on a computer and get told right there whether you passed or not.
And its only 77.00 an exam. One college i am going to start allows you to transfer 40 credits towards your associates degree and 96 credits towards your bachelors. And its a regionally accredited SUNY college. CLEP has 33 exams:
Composition and Literature

American Literature
Analyzing and Interpreting Literature
College Composition and College Composition Modular
English Literature

World Languages

French Language (Levels 1 and 2)
German Language (Levels 1 and 2)
Spanish Language (Levels 1 and 2)

History and Social Sciences

American Government
Human Growth and Development
Introduction to Educational Psychology
Introductory Psychology
Introductory Sociology
Principles of Macroeconomics
Principles of Microeconomics
Social Sciences and History
History of the United States I: Early Colonization to 1877
History of the United States II: 1865 to the Present
Western Civilization I: Ancient Near East to 1648
Western Civilization II: 1648 to the Present

Science and Mathematics

College Algebra
College Mathematics
Natural Sciences


Financial Accounting
Introductory Business Law
Information Systems and Computer Applications
Principles of Management
Principles of Marketing
I hope this will help out the new younger members who only have a high school diploma or GED. Using CLEP will help you to save money on your degree as well. Good Luck!
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Postby ladislav » Thu Jun 30, 2011 10:36 pm

So, what does it mean in terms of time? Hypothetically, a person with a HS degree wants to go overseas to teach and needs a BA. How soon ( give me a ball park figure please) and assuming the person will be studying hard on his own, can this person get that BA by using CLEP? And also, how much will it all cost, more or less? How long, after taking this CLEP, will he/she need to attend classes in a physical classroom? In other words, if he starts today, when can he have that BA assuming all goes well?
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Postby odbo » Thu Jun 30, 2011 10:43 pm

College is an idiot academy which teaches you to be stupid. It''s also very expensive. those were the two problems raised in the rants about it.. but there's no question that having a degree will give you more opportunities and better pay. And learning useful skills is always a good thing. And by useful skills I mean engineering or languages, not sociology or keynesian economics.

Is an associates degree pointless? How does the CELT differ from that.
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Postby ErikHeaven » Thu Jun 30, 2011 11:25 pm

I think it depends on the person and the school they are going to attend. The school i will attend allows generous credits to be applied and they have many of their programs online, so its at your own pace. I think one could move to bachelors in 2.5 years with dedication. My school also allows Licenses and training, from the military, law enforcement, real estate profession
Standardized exams, such as CLEP, DANTES, DSST, etc.
Other college-level learning, such as:
Noncredit courses
In-service trainings
Volunteer work
So its all up to the person to work hard and apply themselves. Their are FEMA courses that anybody can take for free regarding Emergency Management and many schools accept that as well. DANTES is more expensive than CLEP. I would just stick to CLEP.
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Postby ErikHeaven » Thu Jun 30, 2011 11:28 pm

Associates degrees in my opinion just opens doors in America. I know of one job here that requires an Associates for you to be a suicide prevention operator. They start at 16.50 an hour and go up to 19 dollars an hour.
Its all up to your goals and how do you want to get where you are going.
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Postby ErikHeaven » Thu Jun 30, 2011 11:31 pm

I am going to take 11 exams which will give me 40 credits. Including the online study which will cost 100 dollars for six months i expect to pay out 1,000 for 40 credits which is incredibly cheap. Most colleges need every CLEP exam to score at least a 50 percentile to be accepted and once you submit all of your CLEP or other prior learning experience you can start immediately.
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Postby ErikHeaven » Thu Jun 30, 2011 11:34 pm

If that person gets the full ride on tap and pell grants they will do just fine without incurring a debt as well too. My school is about 4,000 a year. State colleges are the way to go. Very cheap.
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Postby ErikHeaven » Thu Jun 30, 2011 11:54 pm Check out easycollegecredits on youtube. He breaks it down better than me. Also the retired Professor outlines other routes for faster degrees. Check out Associate Degree Online In 6 Months? Enter College As A JUNIOR? by easycollegecredits on youtube. That video is excellent in explaining how a young woman did the same herself.
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Postby Grunt » Sat Jul 02, 2011 9:39 pm

Ladislav beat me to it, as usual. but cutting to the chase. Just go get a friggin ESL certificate and a plane ticket.
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Postby ErikHeaven » Sun Jul 03, 2011 1:10 am

How can you teach ESL without a Bachelors degree?
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