dcsimg

With the help of ground-breaking legislation and progressive state-wide programs, California colleges are embracing online education. California students enjoy a variety of online higher education options: hybrid degree programs, online schools and online programs available from campus-based universities.

Online Schools in California

The state of California remains at the vanguard of online education by incorporating web-based learning in state-wide education programs at all stages of development, including high school and college.

In fact, to help prepare high school students for college courses, the California Department of Education (cde.ca.gov) has created the Early Assessment Program (EAP), a voluntary program designed to identify student readiness for college-level English and math. Based on student performance on the EAP exam, each student's specific opportunities for improvement are identified. Once they've identified areas to focus on, college-bound students can access online college-prep tools from the California State University (CSU) system and California Community Colleges that can help improve their skills and ready them for the rigor of college coursework on university campuses, hybrid programs, or online colleges in California.

Trends in California Online Schools

Online and web-based learning is on the rise. In fact, recent research from the Sloan Consortium (sloanconsortium.org) found that 60 percent of private-sector colleges and universities in the U.S. have incorporated online learning in their institution's long-term strategies. As online education becomes a mainstream aspect of higher education, colleges are adopting a mix of technology that helps offer state-of-the-art experiences to students both in traditional college classrooms and online schools.

In fact, a historic bill was just passed in the California Senate (senate.ca.gov) for the establishment of the free online California Digital Library, a resource of 50 online textbooks (the most widely used books in common lower-division courses) that can be used by campus and online schools in California. These resources can be updated and customized by professors, and used for free by students throughout the state instead of printed books. This legislation will save students money and provide valuable resources for students and teachers at online college in California.

College Degrees in California

The California Department of Education (cde.ca.gov) recently shared a report titled "Higher Education and Secondary Alignment," which the Transition Advisory Team released in 2011 and referenced data collected from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (bls.gov). According to the report, only 38.6 percent of adult Californians had a college degree in 2011. Moreover, due to projected job growth, the report identified that the state moved from needing one third of all students to graduate from college, to needing two thirds of all students to graduate from college in order to fill the white collar positions predicted to open in California by 2025.

Since jobs in professional, service, administrative and sales areas are projected to rise between 17 and 19 percent between 2008 and 2018 (bls.gov), unless the percentage of Californians with college degrees increases by 2025, the delta between college graduates and the job's recruiting them will be dramatically larger than it is today. To help meet the state's growing demand for educated professionals, colleges and online schools in California are working to offer scalable, accessible courses and degree programs to California students: and a lot of the growth is happening online.

California Colleges Move Online

To help meet the growing need for higher education offerings, California schools and colleges are offering a growing number of courses, programs and degrees online. For example, the University of California (uconline.edu) just launched an online course catalog in 2012. Students can take courses, like pre-calculus, and work to earn credits designed to transfer toward degree programs on UC campuses. Beyond just coursework, CSU Extended University (calstate.edu/extension) has developed select degree programs, certificates and courses available, for the most part, entirely online. Some degrees available through the California State University program include an online bachelor's degree in criminal justice as well as an online master's degree in education.

Similarly, UC Berkeley Extension (extension.berkeley.edu/online) delivers online courses, certificates and specialized programs. Their robust catalog of courses includes: online paralegal courses, online marketing classes and online IT coursework: They even offer an online IT certificate in information systems and management. In addition to the online courses and degree programs offered through primarily campus-based schools like CSU or UC Berkeley, students can also research online institutions like Ashford University and Everest University Online to pursue a variety of online degrees in California at the associate, bachelor's, master's and even doctoral level.

Additional Sources:
A Blueprint for Great Schools, Transition Advisory Team Report, 2011 
Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition, http://www.bls.gov/oco/oco2003.htm
California Department of Education, 2011, www.cde.ca.gov
Online Learning Trends in Private-Sector Colleges and Universities, Jeff Seaman, March 2011
2012 Early Assessment Program, California Community Colleges, www.cccco.edu/eap

Refine School Matches
Hide filters
  • SUBJECT Clear All

    See More

  • DEGREE

    See More

  • PROGRAM TYPE

  • START TIME

    LOCATION
    Please enter valid US or Canada Zip.
            Results open in new window

            Searching Searching ...

            Prefer exploring options talking to our staff?
            Call toll free now: 1.855.330.6938
            Matching School Ads
            Psychology (BA) (Online)
            • Designated as a 2015 Military Friendly® School by Victory Media, publishers of G.I. Jobs®.
            • Each program is designed to instill the knowledge, ethical values, and interpersonal skills of professional practice and to foster values of social responsibility.
            • Offers several flexible learning options, including a blended format that combines campus and online learning.
            • Several scholarship opportunities are available for students who qualify.
            • Online Courses
            • Flexible Scheduling
            • Financial Aid
            • Transferable Credits
            Audio Production (BS)
            • Alumni have appeared in reality competition shows such as Top Chef and Project Runway.
            • Dedicated career services team that helps students tap opportunities in a marketplace driven by ideas
            • Offers programs in design, media arts, fashion, and culinary
            • Program Coordinators focus on improving program content and ensure that students have the resources they need
            • Over 50 locations nationwide
            • Flexible Scheduling
            • Financial Aid
            • Transferable Credits
            Graphic Design, Bachelor of Science (Online)
            • Full Sail’s curriculum combines elements of creativity, art, business and life skills, technical prowess, and academic achievement.
            • Full Sail offers accelerated programs, so a degree that would normally take four years takes 24 months on average.
            • Students work with industry-standard tools and technologies, allowing them to gain practical knowledge and real-world experience.
            • Join us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram to interact with our community, read about grad success, and see campus images.
            • Online Courses
            Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN completion)
            • Online MBA program ranked 6th in the USA by CEO magazine.
            • In a university-sponsored survey, 4 out of 5 alumni reported being satisfied with their experience.
            • #1 Online School for military veterans according to Military Times.
            • 75,000+ graduates across all industries offer extensive networking opportunities.
            • My Unique Student Experience (M.U.S.E.) lets students watch, view, read, or hear content.
            • Smartphone app available for on-the-go learning.
            • Online Courses
            • Flexible Scheduling
            • Accelerated Programs
            • Financial Aid
            • Transferable Credits
            Master of Arts in Law - Non-Profit Management
            • Recognized as a Top 20 Best Online Bachelor’s Program by U.S. News & World Report in 2016.
            • Online, campus-based, and evening courses offered in 95 areas of study, including Business, Nursing, Psychology, & more.
            • Endorsed by G.I. Jobs and Military Advanced Education magazine as a Military Friendly School in 2015.
            • Features small class sizes, with a student-to-faculty ratio of 23 to 1.
            • 88% of Regent University students receive financial aid, with $18 million awarded in institutional scholarships & aid each year.
            • Online Courses
            Holistic Health Practitioner

            About Brightwood College

            Brightwood College offers accelerated programs that combine flexible schedules and professional instruction to create a rewarding learning experience for individuals focused on gaining the skills for specific careers. Brightwood College is owned and operated by Education Corporation of America.

            About Education Corporation of America

            Education Corporation of America's institutions broaden access to postsecondary educational opportunities.

            Online Master of Social Work
            • Ranked one of the Top Public Schools in 2017 by U.S. News and World Report.
            • Founded in 1766 as a public institution; it has a main campus in New Brunswick, New Jersey and offers many programs online.
            • Has an average freshman retention rate of 91.8%.
            • Its student-faculty ratio is 14:1, and 38% of its classes have fewer than 20 students.
            • Has famous alumni including chef and restauranteur Mario Batali, author Junot Diaz, actor James Gandolfini, and former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky.
            Show more [+]
            • Online Courses
            • Flexible Scheduling
            • Accelerated Programs
            • Financial Aid
            • Transferable Credits
            Veterinary Technology Alternate Route - Certificate
            • A Los Angeles-based private college offering programs in medical sciences, legal studies, and graphic design since 1985.
            • Has weekend programs, including certified  veterinary technology, nurse assistant, and hemodialysis technician.
            • Showcases visual communication students’ artwork and design through campus magazine.
            • 3 campuses in Southern California.
            • Accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).
            Show more [+]
            • Accredited
            • Online Courses
            • Flexible Scheduling
            • Accelerated Programs
            • Financial Aid
            • Transferable Credits
            Medical Assisting
            • Offers programs in nursing, medical assisting, pharmacy technology, dental assisting, and more.
            • Six Campuses across Northern CA: Fremont, San Jose, Sacramento, S. San Francisco, Hayward, and Concord.
            • Accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges, with programmatic approvals from the California Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians and the Board of Registered Nursing.
            • Approved by the Better Business Bureau (BBB) with an A+ rating since 2010.
            Show more [+]
            • Flexible Scheduling
            • Financial Aid
            • Transferable Credits