Online Degrees Grow In Popularity In 2007

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Business, Criminal Justice Degrees lead the way at eLearners.com, with Early Childhood Education Growing at the fastest rate: Online learning is growing at a rate far outpacing that of traditional brick-and-mortar colleges and universities. In fact, according to a 2006 Sloan Consortium study, participation in online learning is increasing by 400,000 students a year. eLearners.com, an EducationDynamics website, confirms a spike in the interest in online degrees by the number of prospective students visiting the site -- which hit record highs in 2007.

Online degree programs and online education continue to grow by hundreds of thousands of students every year

Online learning is growing at a rate far outpacing that of traditional brick-and-mortar colleges and universities. In fact, according to a 2006 Sloan Consortium study, participation in online learning is increasing by 400,000 students a year. eLearners.com, an EducationDynamics website, confirms a spike in the interest in online degrees by the number of prospective students visiting the site -- which hit record highs in 2007.

"Online degree programs and online education continue to grow by hundreds of thousands of students every year" said Terrence Thomas, Chief Marketing Officer for eLearners.com. "People are also discovering that most high-paying jobs require a college degree or at least a professional certificate."

To help prospective and current students find online degree offerings and courses at one convenient site, eLearners.com has created easy-to-search databases with more than 2,500 online degrees and more than 6,000 online courses.

The following were the most popular online degree programs in 2007, as reported by eLearners.com:

  •     Business Administration
  •     Criminal Justice
  •     Psychology
  •     Early Childhood Education
  •     Health Administration
  •     K-12 Education
  •     Nursing
  •     Engineering
  •     General Education
  •     Counseling

This data shows online business degrees and online criminal justice degrees continue to be high demand areas of interest among prospective online students. This is not surprising when considering that more than 20 percent of college students get a degree in business, according to the U.S. Department of Education. According to eLearners.com, the supply is there to meet the demand. eLearners.com offers more than 630 accredited online business and online MBA degrees from more than 70 accredited online colleges and universities. The same can be said for criminal justice, with eLearners.com offering nearly 170 accredited online social science degrees, including criminal justice, homeland security, law and online psychology degree programs, to name a few.

The fastest growing online degree programs for eLearners.com in 2007 were in early childhood education. From 2006 to 2007, the interest in these online degrees rose 30% percent. This growth is at least partially attributed to the growth in the industry. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the job outlook for teachers is expected to increase by 12 percent between 2006 and 2016, creating about 479,000 new teacher positions.

"We've definitely seen increased interest in online degrees, specifically in the field of education," continued Thomas. "In addition to schools looking for more teachers, many schools now require teachers to get an advanced degree for a pay raise. Therefore, more teachers than ever before are going back to school themselves."

For more information about online degrees, log onto http://www.elearners.com.

About eLearners.com®
The eLearners.com website is one of several high visibility, high-quality prospecting tools offered by EducationDynamics, LLC. Since 1999, eLearners.com has been successfully connecting learners to online education, including online degree and certificate programs, specialized career training, and a variety of online courses. For prospective students, eLearners® provides a powerful search engine for users to find thousands of online degrees, as well as educational evaluation tools and financial aid resources. For colleges and universities, the eLearners.com website offers a low-cost, performance-based method to provide national exposure and increase enrollments in their programs. For more information on eLearners.com, visit http://www.elearners.com.

About EducationDynamics
EducationDynamics, LLC, a portfolio company of Halyard Capital, is a leading interactive marketing and information services company focused on helping higher education institutions find, enroll and retain students. Through some of the most visible education websites, including EarnMyDegree.com, eLearners.com, GradSchools.com, and StudyAbroad.com, as well as its Internet marketing services team, EducationDynamics is one of the leading providers of qualified leads for colleges and universities. The company offers a full suite of web-delivered products and services to manage a school's relationship with students across their entire life cycle from inquiry through enrollment to retention. For more information on EducationDynamics, please visit http://www.educationdynamics.com.

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