Online college classes now offered through The New York Times Knowledge Network

The New York Times Knowledge Network offers a variety of courses and certificate programs, both on its own and in conjunction with institutions such as New York Medical College, Ball State and Fairleigh Dickinson. Students can choose from accredited coursework or continuing education classes in subjects ranging from creative and non-fiction writing to energy and sustainability to California Wines. While not free, online college courses offered by The Times start as low as $65.


Some courses begin in the summer of 2011, and classes are already scheduled through spring 2012. Courses are open to anyone who would like to enroll. There are no prerequisites, even for certificate programs. Classes may be taken in any order. Certificate programs are available in education, legal and paralegal studies, computers and technology, global health care and leadership, security studies, journalism and e-publishing, and energy design. Completion of each certificate-related class is worth three college credits. Classes leading to certificates are taught 100-percent online and cost $3,078 each. Students can earn a certificate by completing a total of six classes. By taking two classes each in fall, spring, and summer, students can earn a certificate in just one year.

Certification programs have been designed to provide training for entry into or advancement in career sectors with excellent employment and wage prospects. For example, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicts "much faster than average" growth in cybercrime and computer security and states that "Job seekers can enhance their employment opportunities by earning certifications." Per the BLS, average earnings for these specialists were $74,290 in May of 2009.

Single course and certificate program instructors have amassed an impressive list of accomplishments in academia, government and business. For example, a Certified Public Manager and Financial Planner, Healthcare and Human Services instructor Deborah Fredericks also holds a PhD, serves on a the United Nations Non-governmental Organizations Committee, and was the Director of the Bergen County Department of Human Services in New Jersey. Published author and inspirational speaker Richard Fritzky of the Business Technology and Communications program served as the Director of the Meadowlands Regional Chamber of Commerce for 25 years, overcame meningitis and quadruple amputation.

Whether online students are interested in the economics of health care reform, exploring the teenage brain or learning how to start a blog, The New York Times Knowledge Network has a class for that. With one of the world's most read newspapers serving as its foundation, this online school is one to watch.