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Can I Get a Child Therapy Degree Online in New Mexico?

For many New Mexico residents, the idea of going back to school or going to school for the first time and pursuing a career in child therapy is an exciting, but seemingly impossible one. Due to the demands of work, a family, or other responsibilities, many people let their dreams go by, feeling as though they will never find the time to pursue a career in child therapy. In today's world, though, those fears are quickly becoming a thing of the past. In New Mexico, there are many schools that offer students the opportunity to earn child therapy related degrees completely online or with a combination of online and in person classes. This flexibility allows students to work around their own schedules and to balance the demands of life with their desire to seek out a new and lucrative career.

Some of the top online schools attended by New Mexico residents include UMass Online, with a bachelor of arts degree in psychology; The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, with a master's degree program in applied forensic psychology; the University of the Rockies with a doctorate degree program in business psychology; Argosy University, which offers many master's degree programs in children's psychology; Sacred Heart University, which offers a master's degree program in applied psychology; Hodges University, with its bachelor of arts program in applied psychology; Bellevue University, with a master's of science program in applied psychology; Western International University, which offers a bachelor of arts degree in behavioral science; Capella University, which has a master's degree program in psychology; and Northcentral University, which has a master of arts program in health psychology.

You may notice that one thing that all of the above online colleges have in common is that they are all fully accredited and/or licensed in the state. This is an extremely important quality for any school to have, and it's especially important to look for in online schools. Unfortunately, in today's world full of real, online opportunities, there are also quite a few scams. Any school that is not accredited and/or licensed does not have the power to hand out real degrees. Therefore, any degree you earn from them or even any certificate will be virtually worthless in the real world. Do your research ahead of time to avoid making such huge mistakes that cause you to waste valuable time, effort, and money.

Another thing to pay attention to when choosing an online school is what exact degree you're getting. A lot of online schools, even some of the legitimate ones, will offer you big promises about what you can do with your degree or certification. However, these claims are often exaggerated or unlikely, and it's important to know the truth about what your degree enables you to do. An associate's degree, for example, which can be gained in two years, is essentially useless in the world of child therapy. While you can transfer credits earned to a bachelor's degree program, the degree alone is no good. The same is true for certifications. While they can be an excellent supplement to an education, they are not to be used in place of one, and without one are essentially useless.

In order to successfully work in the field of child therapy, you will need at least a bachelor's degree. Even then, the positions you will be able to get are very entry level in nature. The majority of working professionals will have at least their master's degrees, with more and more going back to school to pursue doctorate degrees.