Schools & Curricula

WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A COLLEGE AND A UNIVERSITY? 

About $30,000.  

from USAToday College . . . 

It boils down to the size of the school system. Universities tend to offer full undergraduate andgraduate programs, meaning there are multiple schools within its system. For example, a university typically has a school of arts and sciences and a school of engineering, in addition to other programs. Colleges offer more limited options and often don’t offer master’s programs. (There are exceptions to that, but we’ll get to them in a sec.)

Example is the University of California.  Think of all the different universities in the California system, some specializing in forestry or farming, like UC Davis, or oceanography, like UC Santa Barbara or UC San Diego. 

A four-year college or university offers a bachelor’s degree.  Programs that offer these degrees are called undergraduate schools.  A university is a group of schools for studies after secondary school.  At least one of these schools is a college where students receive a bachelor’s degree.

SCHOOLS WITH ACCREDITED ONLINE DEGREES

MBA PROGRAMS
1.  Fort Hays State University.  They offer this program completely online.
2.  Patten University in Oakland, CA.  (They also offer BA & AA degrees online)
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COMPUTER SCIENCE ONLINE
Master’s Degree in Computer Science from Georgia Tech. Why? The cost.  Approximately $7,000 cost.

WESTERN GOVERNORS UNIVERSITY
http://www.wgu.edu/
Why? It just makes sense. A competency-based, student-focused, online, nonprofit university.

HARVARD EXTENSION (Yes, that Harvard)
https://www.extension.harvard.edu/
Why? Ha, vanity I guess. On a serious note, for approximately $24,000 USD you can get a Masters degree that, according to the web site, is taught by the same professors as the on campus Harvard College classes. Read this in detail if you don’t believe that this is a part of Harvard: https://www.extension.harvard.edu/about-us

MIT MicroMasters
https://micromasters.mit.edu/
Why? See above entry for Harvard. But seriously, the MicroMasters in Supply Chain Management, followed by only one semester at MIT to complete the program for the full Masters sounds unbelievable to me.

HOME-SCHOOL EDUCATION

1.  Ron Paul Curriculum.
2.  PrepGurus.“There is no school equal to a decent home and no teacher equal to a virtuous parent.” –Mahatma Gandhi

LEGAL REQUIREMENTS of HOMESCHOOLING
To understand the legal requirements of homeschooling, start here: HSLDA, Home School Legal Defense Association.

Check out this incredible family.

CURRICULA

LIBERTY CURRICULUM
1. This would be the class that I would teach in 11th grade English.  I would call it the Tom Woods Curriculum.  Besides instructor on many of the courses, I do not know Tom Woods’ role at Liberty Classroom.  If you’re interested in a truer understanding of history, I definitely recommend that site.  As of July 11, 2017, the prices run as follows:  $89, $119, and $497.  He does offer a few free videos to get a taste of what a real classroom is like.
2.   Ron Paul Curriculum.  And here is a little commentary on the Paul Curriculum
3. Free curriculum!  That’s right.  It’s incredible.  I cannot believe it, but it is true.  And you earn college credit.  It’s called Education Portal.  Check it out.
4. Logos School 
5. For $12,000, which is a lot less than a semester’s tuition, you can work alongside entrepreneurs with Praxis.  Derek Magill says that “Praxis offers participants the opportunity to get the job of their dreams now, without any formal credential, and to work as a paid team member at a startup around the country for a year, where they gain a skills and experiences that Magill says “by far exceed those that most people gain in entry level jobs.”
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ALTERNATIVE SCHOOLS
1.  Brett Veinotte, SchoolSucksProject.

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2.  Institute for the Redesign of Learning, South Pasadena, CA.  Here is what they’re about.
3.  PRAXIS.  Make your own way.
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TRADE SCHOOLS (or Career Technical Education)

1.  LA Trade Tech
2.  Southern California Regional Occupational Center.
3.  Platt College:  Degrees offered:  BA in Healthcare Management, BA in Respiratory Therapy, Veterinary Technology, BA in Visual Communications, AA in Business Management, LVN, AA in Medical Assistant, AA in Information Technology, Certificate in Software Development, AA in Graphic Design, AA or BA in Criminal Justice.
4.  Universal Technical Institute offers degrees in Automotive Technology, Collision Repair & Refinish Technology, Diesel & Industrial Technology, and NASCAR Technician.  They’re located in Long Beach, Rancho Cucamonga, and Sacramento.
5.  Brightwood specializes in Health, Medical, Nursing, Computer, & Legal & Criminal degree programs.
6.  Located in UEI offers certification and degrees in the following areas:  Automotive & HVAC Technicians, Dental, Medical, Pharmacy, and Nursing, Computer & Information Technologies, and Business Office Administration.
7.  Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology.  Aviation Maintenance Technology (A & P).  They’re located in Los Angeles.
8.  American Career College has degree programs in: Medical, Nursing, Optical, Pharmacy, Massage, and Surgical.  Pharmacists make very good money.
9.  The Art Institute of California.  What degrees do they offer?  Culinary, Audio, Digital Film-making and Video Production, Photography, Fashion, Game Programming, Hospitality, Industrial & Interior Design, Animation, Web Design, and more.  Check out their site.  Locally, they’re located in Orange County and North Hollywood.
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LIST OF CALIFORNIA COLLEGES

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4-YEAR UNIVERSITIES
1. La Verne College
2.  Cal State Northridge
3.  Cal State, Long Beach
4.  Pepperdine
5.  Claremont
6.  Pomona Colleges
7.  Whittier College
9.  UCI, University of California at Irvine.
10.  UCLA, University of California at Los Angeles
11.  UCR, University of California at Riverside.
12.  UCSB, University of California at Santa Barbara.
13.  USC, University of Southern California.

JUNIOR COLLEGES
1. Pasadena Community College
2. Citrus College
3. ELAC, East LA Community College
4. Cerritos Community College
5.  LA Harbor College
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LIBERAL ARTS COLLEGES
1. Claremont Colleges8.
2. Claremont McKenna College
3. Harvey Mudd College
4. Pitzer College
5. Pomona College
6. Scripps College
7. Soka University of America
8. Occidental College
9. Whittier College
10. Thomas Aquinas College
11. University of Redlands
12. University of the West
13. Woodbury University
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LAW SCHOOLS
1. Abraham Lincoln University School of Law – Los Angeles (Distance-learning)
2. American College of Law – Orange
3. American Heritage University School of Law and Public Policy – San Bernardino (Distance-learning)
4. California Desert Trial Academy College of Law, Indio.
5. California Midland School of Law, Carlsbad, CA (fixed facility & Distance-learning)
6. California School of Law, Santa Barbara (Distance-learning)
7. California Southern Law School, Riverside
8. California Southern University, Irvine (Correspondence)
9. California Western School of Law, San Diego
10. Chapman University School of Law, Orange
11. Concord Law School of Kaplan University, Los Angeles (Distance-learning)
12. Glendale University College of Law, Glendale
13. Inland Valley University College of Law, Upland
14. Irvine University College of Law, Cerritos
15. International Pacific School of Law, Los Angeles (Correspondence)
16. Loyola Law School, Los Angeles
17. McMillan Academy of Law, La Mesa
18. MD Kirk School of Law, Los Angeles (Correspondence)
19. Pacific Coast University School of Law, Long Beach
20. Pacific West College of Law, Orange
21. Peoples College of Law, Los Angeles
22. Pepperdine University School of Law, Malibu
23. Santa Barbara College of Law, Santa Barbara
24. Southern California Institute of Law, Ventura & Santa Barbara
25. Southwestern Law School, Los Angeles
26. Taft Law School, Santa Ana (Correspondence)
27. Thomas Jefferson School of Law, San Diego
28. Trinity Law School, Santa Ana
29. University of California, Irvine School of Law, Irvine
30. University of California, Los Angeles School of Law, Los Angeles
31. University of La Verne College of Law, La Verne
32. University of Southern California Law School, Los Angeles
33. University of West Los Angeles, Chatsworth & Inglewood
34. University of San Diego School of Law, San Diego
35. Ventura College of Law, Ventura
36. Western Sierra Law School, San Diego
37. Western State University College of Law, Fullerton
38. Whittier Law School, Whittier

MEDICAL SCHOOLS
1.  UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine
2.  Keck School of Medicine of USC
3.  UCI School of Medicine
4.  UCR School of Medicine
5.  UCSD School of Medicine
6.  Loma Linda School of Medicine
7.  Western University of Health Sciences
8.  Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science.
9.  Western University of Health Sciences
10.  Southern California Health Institute
11.  Platt College (Anaheim, LA, Ontario, & Riverside)  Medical
12.  American Career College (medical, dental, Pharmacy [pharmacists make bank])
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DENTAL SCHOOLS  MEDICAL SCHOOLS
1. Loma Linda University School of Dentistry
2. UCLA School of Dentistry
3. Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC
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ART SCHOOLS & UNIVERSITIES
1. Chapman University, Dodge College of Film and Media Arts
2. Musicians Institute
3. Otis College of Art & Design
4. The Los Angeles Film School
5. UCLA The School of the Arts and Architecture, School of TheatreFilm and Television
6.  USC School of Architecture, School of Music & Theatre
7.  Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising
8.  California Institute of the Arts.
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UNIVERSITY of CALIFORNIA
1. University of California
2. University of California, Irvine
3. University of California, Los Angeles
4. University of California, Riverside
5. University of California, San Diego
6. University of California, Santa Barbara

CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY
1. California State University
2. California State University, Bakersfield
3. California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
4. California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
5. California State University, Channel Islands
6. California State University, Dominguez Hills
7. California State University, Fullerton
8. California State University, Long Beach
9. California State University, Los Angeles
10. California State University, Northridge
11. California State University, San Bernardino
12. California State University, San Marcos
13. California State University, San Diego
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PRIVATE COLLEGES & UNIVERSITIES
1. American Jewish University
2. Anaheim University
3. Antioch University Los Angeles
4. Azusa Pacific University
5. Biola University
6. California Institute of Technology
7. California Institute of the Arts
8. California Baptist University
9. California Lutheran University
10. Chapman University
11. Claremont Graduate University
12. Concordia University, Irvine
13. Everest College
14. Fielding Graduate University
15. Hope International University
16. Inland Valley University, Upland and online
17. Keck Graduate Institute
18. La Sierra University
19. Loma Linda University
20. Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles
21. Marymount California University, Rancho Palos Verdes
22. Mayfield College, Cathedral City
23. Mount St. Mary’s College, Los Angeles
24. Mt Sierra College, Monrovia
25.National University (California)
26. New York Film Academy, Universal Studios
27. Pepperdine University
28. Point Loma Nazarene University
29. Santa Barbara Business College
30. Soka University of America
31. Southern California University of Health Sciences
32. The American University for Science and Technology
33. University of La Verne
34. University of the People
35. University of Redlands
36. University of Riverside
37. University of San Diego
38. University of Southern California
39. Vanguard University of Southern California
40. William Carey International University, Pasadena
41. Woodbury University.

MACHINE TECH SCHOOLS

NTMA, National Tooling and Machining Association

NTMA Training Centers of Southern California:
1.  InterCoast College (HVAC & Electrical Training).  They have schools in Anaheim, Carson, Riverside, West Covina, Fairfield, & Elk Grove.
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MORAL INSTRUCTION

1.  Prager University.
2. Ron Paul Curriculum.
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TECHNICAL CURRICULUM

1. Lynda.com is a great online technical school.  All that you want to know and learn about computer software is here.
2. Udacity is a terrific school.  Lots of courses for free.  Yes!
3. Udemy.com is another great online technical school.  If your son or daughter wants to learn, this is the place.  If your daughter or boy wants to improve on their knowledge, these are the places.  Here is a brief endorsement of Udemy from a subscriber at Bill Myers’ site:

“I have subscribed to about 10 courses on Udemy. Three of them were free, the rest of them range in price from $29 to $180. I always wait for the half-price offers from Udemy, but I really like the fact that there’s no time limit for completion of the course and that it’s always there whenever you want to watch.

They offer a 30-day trial, which is great. One course I subscribed to was very good, but it had absolutely nothing for me because it turned out to be based on using Adobe Illustrator. Udemy refunded my money within two hours.

You can download courses, transfer them to a Kindle Fire or your laptop for viewing offline. I have seen the courses offered increase at a rapid pace, which . . . also noted Udemy’s growing popularity.”
4. w3schools is the largest web development site.  Great resource.
5. SkillShare.com

FOR DEVELOPERS
Want to learn Ruby on the Rails?  Here are some options:
1. rubyonrails.org/screencasts
2. gotealeaf.com
3. DevBootcamp
4. Ray Kurzweil

ANIMATION CURRICULUM
1. FullSail.edu is a highly recommended animation online school.
2. Ringling.edu is terrific.

FREE ONLINE CURRICULUM
1. All in One School
2. HoagiesGifted
3. Future Learn

FULL SPECTRUM ONLINE SCHOOLS
1. Coursera is well-known.
2. Educator.com
3. Khan Academy is terrific. I find it useful for math and science, but he also provides history lessons. Definitely give this place a view.
3. MIT & Harvard
4. Great Courses
5.  McGraw Hill Connect.
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EDUCATION THAT MATTERS
1. Home-School Legal Defense Association has a great list of subject-specific curriculum.
2. EdThatMatters
3. A Beka Academy
4. Gary North Free Christian Curriculum
5. Art Robinson Curriculum.  Here are some Robinsons resources and a book list.  Here is a book list by grade level.  Recommendations on where to start older children.
6. St. Thomas Aquinus Syllabus
7. Insight Schools
8. K12.com Schools

K12 is the largest full-time online curriculum in America–about 130,000 students. Co-founded by Bill Bennett. The curriculum is offered through public schools including charter schools and school districts, but the child studies from home with an online teacher plus their parent/guardian learning coach facilitating. Mastery learning, flexible pace.
9. Trivium Education
10. How to Survive Outdoors

COLORADO Schools
1.  LaunchMyCareerColorado
2.  Colorado School of the Mines.
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CHRISTIAN CURRICULUM
1. Ambleside Online
2. Apologia
3. Sonlight
4. Bob Jones University
5. Cornerstone Curriculum
6. Well-Trained Mind
7. Life of Fred Math
8. Calvert
9. Excelsior College
10. Chalcedon.edu may be the premier site for free materials that get you started on gaining a Christian understanding of man.

ACCREDITED ONLINE COLLEGES
1. New Charter University

2.  The Jack Welch Management Institute
3. National University
4. Phoenix University
5. California National University.
6. Online-Education.
7. Thomas Edison State College.
8. Online Colleges

TEACHING ABROAD
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