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What are the pros and cons of an Online Psychology Degree?

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

Online Psychology Degree: The Pros, the Cons and the Program Structures

An online Psychology degree provides the easiest route to a rewarding career in Psychology. Whether you are interested in studying the behaviors of man or how the buying patterns can help boost an industry, taking up a course in Psychology can take you a long way.

Different Online Degrees in Psychology

Just like the traditional campus-based programs, most online Psychology schools offer bachelor’s degree courses. These are programs that generally take four years to complete and which qualify the graduates to entry-level positions. The typical bachelor’s degree courses in Psychology that are available online include Human Development, Abnormal Psychology, Clinical Psychology and Community Psychology.

As flexible as ever, some online Psychology schools also offer special programs that only take a minimum of one year to complete. These are certificate programs and associate’s degrees.

Graduate courses in Psychology are also available as online programs. Aside from these advanced studies, bachelor degree holders may choose to take their specializations in areas such as Anthropology, Child Psychology, Sociology and Industrial Psychology.

The Advantages

The obvious advantage of taking an online Psychology class is that it provides flexible options to anyone who wants to pursue a career in this field. As long as a student has a computer and a reliable internet connection, he can easily earn a degree even from the comforts of his home and at his own pace. Thus, he saves a considerable amount of time and money which are supposed to be spent on transportation.

In a typical online psychology class, the students will have an access to the virtual classroom or the “learning portal”. From there, they will learn their respective curricula based on their availability. There’s no real pressure as to when you need to complete the course; a fact which makes it a choice program for working students. That being said, an online class in Psychology can be tailor-made to suit the needs of the students.

The Drawbacks

While the programs ensure flexibility on the part of the students, the fact that they are holding only virtual classes remains the number one concern in distance learning systems such as the online Psychology schools. The physical presence of the laboratory facilities, professors and co-learners is taken out of the context, thereby detaching the students from the unique learning experience based on personal interactions. Psychology is a field that is highly people-oriented and by adopting a whole new concept of virtual learning, the students are missing out on this one crucial aspect of education.

Aside from the limited class interactions, online degree programs are also struggling from accreditation issues. There are some online Psychology courses that fail to comply with the educational standards set by the governing bodies, which in turn make the graduates ineligible to sit down for the licensure exams. To check which programs are accredited visit: http://www.bbs.ca.gov. It is also advised to ask the school adviser the accreditation of the school you are requesting information.

Finally, the online Psychology courses may not be able to provide a job network that is as strong and as large as the campus-based program’s. This problem has a lot to do with the virtual communication that is taking place in an online class; the students are not personally known to the professors. On the other hand, in a campus-based degree, the personal interactions with the authority figures help the students in getting good endorsements to employers. A way around this involves doing an internship relevant to your program for increased experience and the ability to network. If your not sure how to get an internship visit: How to get an internship.

Maximizing the Potential of Your Online Psychology Education

Filling the gaps in the online program can help you get the best out of the said college education. If possible, get more educational resources to enhance your knowledge. It is a good thing that some online schools also provide hybrid programs, or those that offer both online and campus-based learning sessions. Internships would usually take place by the end of the online Psychology degree, so you must make the most of it.

If an online degree may be the slightest interest to you then request information from a school today. Its important to begin your research early so you future career is already mapped out.

Getting a Masters degree in Psychology

Sunday, March 13th, 2011

A master’s degree takes about 2 years to complete. It will give you more options than a bachelor’s degree. Usually getting masters in psychology means training in either clinical, counseling or social work.

 

Training to become Marriage Family Therapist involves 2-4 years of coursework/practicum and 2 years of an internship. If you decide to pursue social work your education also involves 2-4 years of course work and 2 years of internship. Both degrees require licensing form the state.

 

The only disadvantages for a masters degree when compared to a PhD is the lower rate of pay, uncertainty of getting hired, and less skills with accountability.

 

The decision of pursuing additional education depends on you. Do you have enough money for a masters or a PhD? Are you dedicated to academia enough to be in school for more years?

 

If additional schooling isn’t for you visit popular jobs for psychology majors.

What is the difference between a Psy.D and a PhD?

Sunday, March 13th, 2011

A PhD stands for doctor of philosophy. The training for a PhD takes 3-4 yrs of coursework, usually 1 yr of dissertation research and 1 yr internship (1500 hours). The main focus is conducting research, training in statistics and psychotherapy.

 

A Psy.D stands for doctor of psychology. The training for Psy.D takes about 3-4 yrs or coursework and 2 yrs of internship. The emphasis of this program is on clinical training than research.

 

PhD. degrees focuses more on a scientific model and places more importance on research and experimental methods while  Psy.D degrees focuses more on a practitioner model and give emphasis to clinical work.

 

Choosing either Psy.D or PhD depends what you want to do. Do you want to train with an emphasis in research or clinical training?

Heres a helpful list of  Phd careers in psychology.

What to expect in Graduate school?

Sunday, March 13th, 2011

Expect to have a heavy work load. It depends on your program but usually you will have 4 classes a semester with a class time of 12 hours. There will be a lot of researching, writing, and reading. It will be like your undergrad but at a faster pace with more work. Most of your time will be spent learning and working under a professor who will oversee your training.

 

Graduate school is a very big commitment of money and time. A master program will take about 2 years to complete while a PhD program will usually take 4-6 years. You must truly by motivated and desire to further your education in what ever area you study. If you go to graduate school because of a parental figure or because of the money your motivation will be limited. Further your education because you really want to. If you enjoy doing what you’re interested in then work becomes rewarding and not something you have to do but something you chose to do.

Acceptance Rates for Graduate school

Sunday, March 13th, 2011

Going to graduate school is not easy. You are required to have a high grade point average, GRE scores, experience, letters of recommendation and statement of intent. Even having these it is important to know the odds.

 

PhD programs have lower odds of acceptance. For instance in class of 5-10 they will accept 4-12% of those who applied. Here is a statistic taken out Professor Callaghan’s Clinical Psychology lecture notes at San Jose State University.

 

Private schools:

  • 7511 applied
  • 873 accepted
  • 12% acceptance rate

 

Public schools:

  • 15198 applied
  • 1033 accepted
  • 6% acceptance rate

 

Note: Schools must be accredited by the American Psychological Association

 

Masters programs are easier to get in than PhD programs since there are so many of them available. They have less competition accept 25-50% from those that apply.

 

If you still want to get into PhD program but realize it will by difficult you can always get into a masters program first then go for a PhD. That is a route many people have taken. Never give up on your dreams but know the odds.

What does it take for a psychology major to get into graduate school?

Sunday, March 13th, 2011

Your dreams are set to one day become a great psychologist or psychiatrist but your grades aren’t so good and you barely have any experience of volunteer in the psychology field. The harsh reality is that getting accepted to graduate school for a PhD program is difficult. Here’s what you should know before you apply.

 

You need several things for graduate schools even think about accepting you. These are grades, GREs, statement of intent, letters of recommendation, experience, and an official transcript showing grades from your 4-5 academic years.

 

Your grade point average is important since schools have a cut off on what they will and will not accept. For instance masters programs require 3.0 or above while PhD programs require 3.5 and above. If you are short here you need to make it up in another area.

 

Most programs will require you to take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). There are three sections. They are quantitative, verbal, and analytical. Here is a great site that has practice exams. www.greguide.com/gre-practice-tests.html. The test is difficult but with enough studying and practice you should be able to get a good score. For PhD programs a score of 1200 or above is recommended and for masters programs over 1000.

 

Your statement of intent needs to state why you choose that specific program. It has to be clear, concise, and answer the questions the graduate school asks. Make sure to write drafts of this paper making sure your writing is good. If you have trouble writing and need help proofreading we recommended the site www.errnet.net. This great site proofreads your work in seconds and emails the results as low as a dollar a page. You can try shrinking the size of your document to fit if money is an issue.

 

Letters of recommendation need to be from an authority source. A letter from a professor will have more weight than a co worker. When finding those that can write you a good letter consider what skills of yours they can write about and how well they can evaluate your skills. These letters are meant to “talk” you up and show graduate schools that you are the best candidate for their program. At the end don’t forget to send letters thanking those that recommended you to your dream school.

 

Experience is crucial for the program you desire to get in to. It needs to be an area related to the type of program you are applying to. For instance if you are applying to clinical program it helps if you have volunteered at a behavioral center and understand the type of environment for that field.