dcsimg

Online education is heavily monitored in the Garden State, which means the stamp of approval from the New Jersey Department of Education ensures that educational programs have been well-researched and reviewed. Learn more about online education in New Jersey below.

Online Schools in New Jersey

With the number of online degree programs and online schools in New Jersey on the rise, the state has provided several resources for students looking at online schools and programs.

Subject

New Jersey Higher Education provides a list of accredited colleges and universities in the state that have had their online programs approved. The department explains how to verify the legitimacy of an online program to aid prospective students during their school search.

Online Education in New Jersey: Tracking Towards College

New Jersey has a history of treading carefully when it comes to online education, but that hasn't slowed their e-learning ambitions nor has it stopped schools from offering virtual courses. According to a recent study by the New Jersey Department of Education, nearly two-thirds (63 percent) of schools in the state use the Internet for distance learning. Other notable e-learning findings include:

  1. Over 90 percent of schools use the Internet for parent/student contact, video streaming, student information systems, email and general uses.
  2. Seventy-six percent of schools go online for educational gaming.
  3. Seventy-two percent of schools use the Internet for community outreach.
  4. Thirty percent of schools use the Internet for virtual learning environments.

This study is part of a larger initiative to make sure all schools in New Jersey meet a series of requirements for Internet connectivity and speed by the year 2014, when a new battery of online tests is slated to begin. The state is one of two dozen belonging to the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), a program whose aim is to advance testing methods in schools, and one that relies heavily on technology.

Online College in New Jersey

From traditional campus-based universities branching out with new online courses and hybrid degree programs, to online colleges throughout New Jersey (and schools that serve New Jersey students) offering fully virtual degree programs, the state is growing its distance learning options.

Bloomfield College offers a variety of fully-online and blended-learning courses (the majority of its online offerings are blended). A liberal arts college located in the New Jersey-New York metropolitan area, it maintains a suburban feel thanks to its 12-acre campus.

Princeton University was founded in 1746, making it the fourth-oldest college in the country. As of 2012, Princeton University began offering a handful of non-credit, open-access online courses through Massive Open Online Course provider Coursera.

Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey -- Camden is one of the major public comprehensive research universities in the U.S. It was founded as Queen's College in 1766 and has gone through quite a few evolutions, today offering hundreds of courses and several degree programs completely online. In addition, the Center for Online Learning & Hybrid Learning and Technologies focuses on improving the university's online and blended learning programs.

A public college for continuing education, Thomas Edison State College is dedicated to providing flexible, high-quality collegiate learning opportunities for self-directed adults. To that end, the school offers quite a variety of online courses and degree programs in addition to its already flexible academic offerings on campus.

Career Outlook in New Jersey

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), as of September 2012, the largest industry in the state is transportation, trade and utilities with nearly 200,000 more workers than the runner-up, education and health services (824,700 and 636,600 people employed respectively). Coming in a close third and fourth are government and professional and business services.

Each of these industries added thousands of jobs from April 2012, indicating solid growth potential moving forward. Education and health services, in particular, added 7,000 new jobs in that period, backing national trends of careers like:

  1. Registered nurses, expected to add 711,900 jobs nationally from 2010 through 2020
  2. Home health aides, expected to add 706,300 jobs nationally
  3. Personal care aides, projected to grow by 607,000 jobs
  4. Postsecondary teachers, projected to add 305,700 jobs nationally

New Jersey's inclusion as part of the New York metropolitan area might be one reason its $51,540 mean annual wage, as reported by BLS, remains above the national average. Medical professions dominate the highest-paying careers in New Jersey. In a competitive environment like this, having the right education and training could help you stand out from the pack, and online learning could play an important part.

Sources:
State of New Jersey, http://www.state.nj.us/
Bloomfield College, http://www.bloomfield.edu/
Princeton University, http://www.princeton.edu/main/
Rutgers Online, https://onlinelearning.rutgers.edu/
Thomas Edison State College, http://www.tesc.edu/

Get matched to online colleges

Refine School Matches
Hide filters
  • SUBJECT

    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
            5 Program(s) Found
            • Based in Winter Park, FL, Full Sail University offers an innovative approach to learning.
            • Entertainment and media design programs are offered on campus and online.
            • With more than 37,000 alumni, Full Sail University graduates have worked in many different roles for some of the industry's most well-known companies and contributed to countless notable projects.
            • Through Project LaunchBox(TM), students in most programs receive a MacBook Pro pre-equipped with professional software at a deep institutional discount.
            • Accredited
            • Online Courses
            • Accelerated Programs
            • Financial Aid
            5 Program(s) Found
            University of Phoenix , Online (campus option available)
            • Partnerships with thousands of companies
            • Alliances with many national industry associations
            • Personalized career guidance
            • Job market research tools to help you explore your career of interest
            Good for Working Adults
            • Online Courses
            • Flexible Scheduling
            • Financial Aid
            5 Program(s) Found
            • Offers a career-focused education with instructors who are professionals in their field.  
            • Dedicated Student Services Coordinators provide guidance and support throughout the program.
            • Provides a career services department that assists students and graduates with job placement, interviewing techniques, as well as resume and cover letter writing.
            • Offers a 24/7 technical hotline available to assist students whenever they need help.
            • Accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges. 
            Show more [+]
            • Online Courses
            5 Program(s) Found
            • Gives students the option to enroll at any time and begin studies in the fall, spring, or summer.
            • Has an average freshman retention rate of 77.3 percent.
            • Ranked #39 in Best Colleges for Veterans by U.S. News and World Reports
            • Has more than 50,000 alumni including several astronauts, CEOs, and 32 generals.
            • Offers a special tuition rate for active duty, selected reserves, National Guard service members and their spouses.
            Show more [+]
            • Online Courses
            5 Program(s) Found
            • Ranked among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report.
            • Lets undergrad students try classes before paying any tuition.
            • Has an average class sizes of 18 for undergraduate and 13 for graduate-level courses.
            • Offers numerous scholarship opportunities that can help students save up to $750 per term on their tuition.
            • Tends to educate degree-seeking online and campus-based students who are adult learners with families and students who work while pursuing higher education.
            Show more [+]
            • Online Courses
            • Financial Aid
            5 Program(s) Found
            PC Age , Parsippany
            • An accredited university offering certification in the Information Technology (IT) field since 1991.
            • Has a copyrighted, scientifically-validated computer aptitude test.
            • Provides online and on campus classes at 3 convenient locations across New Jersey.
            • Offers career services to help graduates secure jobs in the IT field.
            • Gives students the chance to complete Internetwork Engineer training programs in 9-12 months.
            • Allows qualifying students to retake courses free of charge.
            Show more [+]
            Good for Working Adults
            • Accredited
            • Flexible Scheduling
            • Financial Aid
            2 Program(s) Found

            Nursing@Simmons, the innovative, online nursing degree program from Simmons School of Nursing and Health Sciences prepares Registered Nurses for the next stage of their careers.

            You need to have a Bachelor’s degree and RN license to be qualified for this school.

            • Online Courses
            5 Program(s) Found
            • Average class size is 25, allowing for more one-on-one time with instructors.
            • Has a 97% employment rate among available graduates.
            • All  graduates receive Lifetime Employment  Assistance—free and forever.
            • Michigan's largest independent college.
            • Most instructors are working professionals in the fields they teach.
            • Programs are continuously updated to ensure classes are career-relevant and in sync with what's needed in the industry
            Show more [+]
            Good for Working Adults
            • Accredited
            • Online Courses
            • Flexible Scheduling
            • Accelerated Programs
            • Financial Aid
            • Transferable Credits
            5 Program(s) Found
            • 95% alumni satisfaction rate.
            • Currently holds more than 500 professional alliances, including 19 of the top Fortune 100 companies.
            • Courses are taught by expert faculty, with 86% of professors possessing a doctoral degree.
            • Offers credit for prior experience and learning, as well as scholarships, accelerated programs, and several other ways to help reduce tuition costs.
            • Regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association (NCA).
            Show more [+]
            • Online Courses
            • Financial Aid
            • Transferable Credits
            5 Program(s) Found
            • Offers more than 150 self-paced, career-relevant programs that are connected to a supportive 24/7 online community of students and faculty.
            • Profiled in many publications such as The Boston Globe, Fox Business, and  Inside Higher Ed.
            • Nearly 25,000 graduates each year.
            • Accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC).
            • Founded in 1890 in Scranton, Pennsylvania    
            Show more [+]
            • Online Courses