The associate degree is intended for those students who are planning to transfer to a four-year college or university to complete their baccalaureate degree. The school programs will require students to take certain amount of credit hours. It is commonly necessary to complete approximately 60 – 65 credit hours in order to get the associate degree. Particular classes will be worth certain amount of credit hours usually ranging somewhere between 1 - 7 credit hours a course. For example, when majority of classes that the school program require to take (if not all) will be worth on average 3 credit hours a class, then you will need to take about 20 of them during your course study.
Furthermore, depending on the number of classes you will be able to handle during a year or two semesters will determine how long you will stay with the educational institution for completing the program successfully. For example, you will be able to take 5 classes a semester; therefore you can complete 10 classes a year which mean that you will get you associate degree in 2 years. If you wish to take 4 classes at a time, but enroll in some summer courses, you will still be able to graduate in about two years.
Ways of handling many classes at a time
It is better to plan everything ahead and ask your school advisor to help you make a schedule of classes you are going to take. That way you won’t be in a situation that you need to take a class and it will be offered next semester or in a year. It is also wise to combine more intensive courses with less intensive ones in order to handle successfully 4 -5 classes a semester without retaking them again. Drop outs will extend the time necessary for finishing the program and might significantly delay your graduation process. In addition, you will throw out money if planning unwisely, because the school won’t return you the full amount that they charged you for the dropt class.
It is also necessary to determine for yourself what an average GPA you want to have. This is important because normally very few students can take 5 or 6 classes at a time and get straight As in all of them. Therefore, some students want to take fewer classes but focus more deeply on them. While their peers need to be done with their studying as soon as possible in order to start working or combine working and further education in order to get their baccalaureate degrees.
Where to get an associate degree?
There are lots of schools you can choose to get there the associate degree. However, it is a good idea to do some thorough research in your area about programs that they offer. In addition, their reputation and cost of the educational institutions are also very important factors. One of cheapest options for you will be taking classes in your local city college. Your tuition and fees might be few times less there or even free if you are qualified compare to other schools.