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Distance Learning at Texas Tech University

by Kimberly Heffernan

Online education programs are great options for individuals who wish to continue their education at their own pace and on their own schedules. Texas Tech University has a variety of distance learning programs for almost any student. Their Texas Tech Independent School District program offers courses for students from kindergarten through high school. Texas Tech University's distance learning campus has programs for undergraduate students as well as those who wish to pursue a doctorate degree.

Texas Tech Independent School District

Texas Tech Independent School District's offers younger students the chance to supplement their education. Students attending an accredited public, private or charter school need to consult their school counselor to ensure that the class taken will meet their school's requirements. Class offerings for elementary and middle school students include grade-level specific courses in English, language arts, science and social studies. High school offerings include core classes, but also classes in foreign languages, fine arts and physical education.

Texas Tech University's Distance Learning for Undergraduates

Texas Tech offers undergraduate programs for students pursuing degrees and those who are not. Undergraduate minor programs include nuclear engineering, wind energy and studies in personal finance. Students can pursue a bachelor's degree in general studies, architecture, horticulture and turf grass sciences, multidisciplinary studies and university studies. Students wishing to enroll in a degree program must first apply for admittance to Texas Tech. Students not seeking degrees should apply for university admission as a transient student.

Texas Tech's Distance Learning for Graduate Students

There are 17 master's degrees and seven doctoral degrees offered in Texas Tech's online program. Degree options include education specializations, agriculture, computer, engineering and science fields. Many of the courses have only online course work, but several are hybrid programs, which require that students take some coursework at a regional satellite of the university. There are options for students who seek degrees but also for students who wish to take classes without pursuing a diploma.

Graduate Certificates and Certification Preparation Programs

Students can study to earn graduate certificate or prepare for certification programs through Texas Tech's online program. Course options include studies in autism, gerontology, fibers and biopolymers, educational diagnostician, plant and soil science and family and consumer science teacher education. Some classes that meet predominately online will require students to have face-to-face meetings at a regional campus. Students generally complete online work during the year and meet face-to-face during the summer.

About the Author

Kimberly Heffernan has taught in public schools for 25 years. Her professional works include numerous curriculum documents and project proposals. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from UT Austin and a Master of Education from Sam Houston State University and credentials to be a school counselor.

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