The official definition of a continuing-education course is “a course in continuing education that requires students to pass a series of exams and then pass a continuing exam before graduation.”
The U.S. Department of Education defines continuing education as “an educational program that includes an introduction to specific skills, competencies, and subject matter by a professional instructor who is not an employee of the institution.”
For example, a continuing educational course may include a theoretical knowledge test or a classroom lecture.
However, it may also include courses in mathematics, history, geography, computer programming, or an equivalent degree or certificate.
“The term continuing education has been defined to mean any course that is designed to provide students with the skills they need to achieve a specific objective in a specific field.
For example, the term is used in a teaching-only class to describe a course designed to teach the students to recognize, learn, and apply a specific set of concepts and skills, rather than teaching them a specific subject matter or a specific course of study,” the U.K. Department for Education said.
The Department of Commerce also noted that a course in computer programming can be considered a continuing learning program if it includes a programming test, an online tutorial, and/or a video lecture, though it is not required to take the course.
And while continuing education is generally more expensive than regular education, a college degree can be purchased for $20,000 to $50,000, according to the U: http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/11/01/45778822/college-debt-burden-college-graduates-study-on-student-cost-increasing-increase-says-the-college College students will spend $40,000 more on tuition and fees, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
Although the term has evolved over the years, the word is still used to describe many courses, from a few hours of instruction to a full course load, according the New York Times.
This year, the U of I announced it will be changing its course syllabus to better align with the requirements of the Common Core State Standards.
At the same time, a lot of universities are trying to make the learning curve less steep and less painful for students.
In addition, more and more schools are offering accelerated learning opportunities, such as a “curriculum-based learning plan.”
“A common goal for accelerated learning is to prepare students for the jobs of the future,” the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities said in a statement.
A growing number of states have also made it easier for students to enroll in accelerated learning programs, such, in Alabama, where the state is now allowing students to skip their regular high school diploma and instead complete an accelerated course, according the Alaska Daily News.
These changes will allow students to start on their path to a bachelor’s degree and earn more in the process, according Alaskan news outlet Alaskans for Higher Education.
But these changes do not come without a price.
Students who take accelerated courses may be eligible for financial aid, though this can be difficult for families with young children, the Associated Press reported.
Many parents worry that the accelerated courses will make it harder for students with disabilities to find a college.
They have been among the most vocal opponents of a bill that would make it easier to attend a public college.
“These accelerated learning options will be the beginning of the end for disabled students in the U, and will force parents to make tough choices about how to send their children to college,” said Katherine Smith, the head of the National Coalition for Academic Success.
Parents of students with learning disabilities are also concerned that the program will make them more likely to get into a community college.
“We worry that students who need accelerated learning courses may feel more comfortable in community colleges, and that they will not be able to get the kind of rigorous coursework required to complete a bachelor of arts degree,” the AP reported.