Searching for an Accelerated Christian Education?
Choosing a college can be a frightening task for students and their parents alike. For those students with a strong faith and belief system, the transition from high school to college can be a difficult one. That is why more and more students are leaning towards earning a Christian based education. We know that there are many accelerated programs to choose from, but are there accelerated Christian education programs as well?
Accelerated Christian Education
Accelerated Christian Education Options
Thankfully, there are accelerated programs offered by some Christian colleges and universities. These can be traditional disciplines like psychology, communications, business, or engineering. They can also be Bible or theology related degree programs as well, such as Biblical studies or Christian counseling, just to name a few.
How are the Programs Accelerated?
Similar to non faith based programs, there are a few ways that the programs are accelerated. A common misconception is that these programs are missing key elements or are easier than their traditional counterparts. This is not the case, however. The most common way that these programs are accelerated are by not following a traditional academic calendar. The old standard was either four quarter or three semesters a year including the summer sessions. Accelerated programs offer 6-8 week classes with no break in between. This allows students to take more classes per year and thus completing their degree faster. In some instances, programs take half the time as their traditional counterparts.
What to Look for
The primary characteristic to look for in an accelerated Christian university program is accreditation. Unfortunately, many smaller Bible colleges operate without official accreditation. Depending on your ultimate career goal, this may not be an option. In order to be commonly accepted in the workplace, a program should have regional accreditation, which is the highest level of accreditation an institution and a program can receive.