Information Technology Degrees Memphis TN
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Information Technology Degrees
A information technology degree can prepare you for a career as an applications architect, lead applications developer, data modeler, network manager, senior IT auditor, senior web developer, business intelligence analyst or network manager. If you are considering a career in any of these areas, you must enroll in a degree program in computer science, information science, or management information systems (MIS). It is important to note that many employers require a MBA with a technology focus for top positions.
The decision about whether or not to complete your information technology degree online or on-campus depends on which learning format you’re most comfortable with, your schedule, and what you expect to take away from a degree program. To help you decide, here is a bit of information about both learning formats. Depending in the institution, several learning formats may be available including traditional (entirely on-campus), online (entirely online), or blended format (combination of online and on-campus courses).
Many working and continuing/adult education students as well as students with major scheduling conflicts find that the blended or online option is much easier to manage. Online students may also opt for this format if the school of their choice is too far to commute. In some cases, students would prefer not to relocate, so they may choose the online option as well.
While both the online option and the on-campus option provide a high quality education for students, there are several differences that mat not work for some students. The online option might be more difficult as students are expected to be very disciplined and organized. They must also work very well unsupervised. It is the student’s responsibility to log in for a specific number of hours per course, to turn in assignments on or before set deadlines, and to post to discussion boards in a timely and professional manner. A significant portion of the online students grade depends on participation. This is not really the case in on-campus environments where the student need only show up and listen to the lecture.
Some students might also miss the face-to-face interaction with instructors and peers, while others might see this is as a distraction. So, when it comes to choosing an online program over an on-campus program, it really boils down to a matter of preference as both types of degrees are valid in the career world. When applying for online information technology degree programs, however, you should always check to make sure the school is accredited by a recognized agency. Visit the U.S. Department of Education at Ed.gov for listings. Many online technical, business, and specialty schools have been accredited by the following agencies:
-Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
-Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)
-Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA)
-Distance Education and Training Council (DETC)
-Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
-New England Association of Schools and Colleges
-North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
-Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
-Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
-Western Association of Schools and Colleges
In addition, accredited online programs should have the same curriculum requirements as traditional programs. Review the information technology curriculum for a top technical school such the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Compare it to the program you have chosen. If the curriculum for the program you have chosen seems a little off and the school has not been accredited by a recognized agency, you should think twice before applying.
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