Do you want to earn your degree in special education but can’t afford to quit your full-time job? While you may not think it’s possible to get a higher education while working, you actually can. Thousands of full-time working adults are also degree-seeking students at the same time. They manage this by going to school online. Online degrees have increased in popularity over the past five years, especially for people who work full time. It helps them get the higher education they want while allowing them to financially support themselves as well as their families. How do these working adults find the time to study and complete assignments? It comes down to creative time management as well as the benefits an online education offers.
The Ability to Go to School Anywhere
Online students can go to school wherever they can find a Wi-Fi connection. They can read assignments on the train on the way to work or while they idle in traffic. They’ll complete assignments after their family has gone to sleep. They are doing their work everywhere and anytime, because that’s the only way to fit it into their schedule.
Sacrifices are made by working adults seeking a higher education. Perhaps it’s skipping more social outings or refraining from favorite hobbies. However, these sacrifices are temporary, and once they achieve their desired degree, they’ll have their free time back.
Accelerated Classes for a Degree in Half the Time
Many online degree programs are accelerated. These programs are often self-paced ones, which means you can get your degree in half the time you would if you had pursued the degree at a traditional college.
Although this may seem too overwhelming to you now, it’s good to know that you don’t necessarily have to pursue these types of programs. They are reserved for people who have the time to devote to the extra work necessary to complete their degrees as soon as possible.
Flexibility in Completing a Degree
If you’re afraid of taking a couple of courses and then not being able to continue, don’t be. When you start an online degree program, you’ll be able to take as many or as few classes as you can fit into your schedule. If you can’t take on a class for a semester, it doesn’t mean you are out of the degree program. It just means it may take you longer to finish.
Saving Money on Higher Education
Now that you know it’s feasible to fit in the coursework required for a special education degree with the rest of your schedule, you’re probably wondering how you’ll pay for it. The good news is that not only are online degree programs perfect for working adults, but they are also less expensive than traditional degree programs. Imagine not having to drive to a campus for class a few times a week or having to pay for a parking pass. If you have children, think about not having to pay for child care, since you can watch them as you do schoolwork.
You Can Earn Your Special Education Degree While Working
Everyone who is going to school as a working adult must find time between working and taking care of loved ones to seek a special education degree. Finding pockets of time to study, fitting in as many courses as possible, and patiently progressing through degree programs can make it possible. Thousands of working adults do it every year, and they go on to do more after seeking their degree by enrolling in online teacher certification programs because they proved to themselves that they can achieve the academic success they’ve always wanted. Don’t allow yourself to continue working while only wishing you could do what you really want to in life. Set your sights on what you want, do whatever you need to get it, and don’t stop until you have your diploma.
About the Author: Susan Border is a middle-school special education teacher who earned her special education degree online.