How to get a degree in accounting


When you decide that being a bookkeeper or an accountant is the career for you, you need to do some serious thinking about how you are going to fit education into your life.  If you are a young person who is living at home with your parents, you probably will want to go to a 2- or 4-year college.  You also can choose a business or career school, or even choose to earn your degree on-line at home. It all depends on your life situation.  Regardless of which one you choose, you will need to make a strong commitment to learning.


If you have the luxury to attend a 2- or 4-year college, you will get the hands-on learning that some people need.  You will have professors to help you along the way and you will have access to current and state-of-the-art equipment and programs at your fingertips.  But, you will also need to have the flexibility to sit in classes days or sometimes evenings.  Most colleges have day and evening programs, so if you need to work a job, you can choose the program that fits into your schedule.  Instructors all have to have a Master’s or Doctorate degrees.

Business or Career Schools

These schools will probably have day or evening classes, and many adult learners gravitate to them because most of them have trimesters which helps the programs complete sooner.  These schools are usually smaller and sometimes do not have flexibility with offering the same classes every semester.  This could be a disadvantage if the schedule doesn’t work for you.  Instructors at the 2-year colleges only need to have a Bachelor’s degree; however, they are usually experts in the area that they teach.

Online degrees

Everywhere you look today, there are online colleges and schools that offer degrees in almost everything.  Accounting and bookkeeping are among the subjects being offered.  Taking courses online can be the answer for many people who want to get a degree, but for some reason cannot physically go to sit in classes every day.  Perhaps the student is a single mother who has to work and has no babysitter or cannot afford to pay one.  This student can go online and do their assignments when it is most convenient for them.  They are in the comfort of their own homes and can earn their degrees in the amount of time that works for them.

There are different types of online courses as well.  Some require a specified time to be online and some even have some activities on campus, so you will need to research the programs and find the one that works best for you in your lifestyle situation.

No matter which one of these programs you choose, they all have tutoring and learning support available.

Elaine M. Long

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