Genealogy, Heraldry and Documentary Sciences
INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE OF INTERDISCIPLINARY SCIENCES
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1. No time or money is used up in commuting to a learning center. You can do everything at home in most cases,
2. Flexible hours. You set your own schedule according to your situation,
3. It is more accessible, because where you live is immaterial as long as you have good online access. You can live in a different country, take vacations, go on short trips, and still continue with school,
4. Health problems that would normally prevent one from going to a traditional school probably would not interfere if one can work effectively at home,
5. You can go fast or slow at your own pace, therefore, you can obtain a valid fully accredited degree quicker than in most traditional programs,
6. Deadlines are more flexible and adaptable,
7. It is less costly,
8. You don’t have to quit your job to pursue your educational goals,
9. Availability – there are many accredited programs to choose from,
10. It provides a better learning environment for many students than classroom lectures, especially those who like using their computer,
11. Completing such a degree proves you have what it takes to stay on task, be self-motivated and work independently,
12. It is less disruptive to family life as well as saving time and money,
13. Distance learning degrees from an accredited college or university are of the same level of quality as traditional schools, if this kind of learning fits with your style and skills, and
14. Prior work experiences and courses completed at other universities often get more favorable acceptance for credit.
1. Unless one uses the phone or Skype, one must patiently wait for questions to be answered through email,
2. Lack of social interaction – no campus atmosphere or traditional college experiences for the socially minded,
3. You must be motivated and a self-starter who can work independently,
4. Distance learning is not ideal for all learners. If you need a lot of attention or are a procrastinator, this kind of education may be counterproductive,
5. There is some bias against distant learning degree. The stigma, however, is rapidly disappearing, when such programs are fully accredited and recognized as equivalent to traditional methods,
6. Some degrees cannot be offered through distance learning as they are too "hands on" or require too much practical, rather than scholastic experience,
7. You need to be computer savvy, have good reliable equipment and be unafraid of new ways of doing things and learning new technologies.
One of the biggest problems with traditional colleges is the enormous expense involved and the student loan debt that is incurred, which robs one of enjoying one's full salary for years and years to come. Education is an investment. Distance learning is a wonderfully cost/effective alternative that makes sense.
The obvious conclusion is that there are more advantages than disadvantages to distance learning and even some of the disadvantages are indirect benefits. This type of education is a great way to obtain an education without mortgaging the future with the burden of debt.
Students in the program will demonstrate a high degree of skills in finding, evaluating, and interpreting significant data from a wide variety of sources from genealogical and other scientific and historical data.
Students in the program will demonstrate a high level of ability to use the Internet, library, archival resources and the published literature of related scholarly disciplines and are able to knowledgeably evaluate a collected body of evidence bearing on kinship and other theories.
Students in the program will be able to design research projects and resolve problems to meet the high standard of proof required to determine genealogical relationships with a high level of confidence.
Students in the program will have a sound knowledge of a variety of research methodologies in the social, physical, and biological sciences, law and the humanities, and be able to design research projects appropriate to specific research objectives.
Students in the School/College program will demonstrate competence in genealogical, heraldic and pedagogic writing in course papers and projects. Students will demonstrate by applications in their teaching a sound background of principles and theories of pedagogic theory.
Additionally, students in the program will demonstrate a sound background in principles of course development in designing and evaluating their courses of study to teach in genealogy.
Applicants to the Certificate program should have a high school education.
Applicants to the post graduate diploma program should have a completed baccalaureate degree from a DETC or a regionally accredited university and have several years experience in a career area. They should also have several years of experience working in a genealogical field.
All course transfer of credits must be from a United States or internationally accredited or approved school or university.
Applicants are expected to be proficient in the English language skills. A second language English applicant should submit records of TOEFL examination with scores of 550 minimums.
Students are expected to have access to a computer, email and the Internet as well as certain genealogical databases for their completion of the program. They should install Skype.
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The American College of Genealogy is developed for librarians, teachers, professional researchers, business owners, archivists, society administrators, DNA Project managers, scientists, forensic genealogists, writers, editors, journalists and the many other scholars in the wide-ranging field of research and business.
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Dr. LaWanna Blount is the Acting President and Co-Founder of the College, and would be pleased to assist any interested person.