While individual online courses can be mission-critical for undergraduate students looking to complete their degrees, individual classes can also benefit working professionals. Teachers, for example, often need continuing education to recertify their licenses or pursue professional growth.
“Often teachers are like, ‘I need this now,” or, ‘This job just came up, and I have to have the credit.’ So, they’re in a time crunch,” Hansen says.
UOPX answers that call in a variety of ways. Teacher education courses are just 4 to 6 weeks but provide graduate semester credits in such subjects as teaching strategies, adult education, special education and educational technology.
Accountants looking to earn their CPA licensure are another group who often seek out UOPX classes. While the University does not facilitate CPA exams or provide licensure, it does offer accounting online courses that can help prepare students to sit for the CPA exam.
Healthcare workers in need of science prerequisites like biology courses also come to UOPX. Even though the University doesn’t offer a dedicated biology or chemistry degree, it does have a variety of science online courses in those disciplines. Anatomy and physiology, chemistry, microbiology — even invertebrate zoology — are all available at UOPX.
Hansen has seen her fair share of students from all these backgrounds and more come through UOPX in search of a speedy solution to their degree conundrums. “Our online courses run so frequently, people’s goals are usually met,” Hansen explains. “We can look at what’s available in someone’s time frame, and [the student] can take that back to their school and make sure they’re approved.”