This is a subject that I am very excited about, so here comes a whole bunch of information . . .
This is my program, through Washington State University. http://distance.wsu.edu/degrees/
It is entirely distance oriented. They belong to a consortium of other public universities that offer credible degrees and certificates at a distance. They are at http://www.nudc.org/
. PBS offers legit classes (not necessarily degrees), and an article about how to differentiate between real colleges and diploma mills (at http://www.pbs.org/campus/006_News/006-mar-03.html
If you are interested in more alternative degrees, there are a lot of options. These are the types of places I am looking at for grad school. Some of them are entirely distance, but many require you to come to the campus a few times a year. Here are some examples of alternative programs available (I could offer a lot more if you are interested):http://www.naropa.edu/distance/Naropa University
Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing
Master of Arts in Transpersonal Psychology
Master of Arts in Transpersonal Psychology with Ecopsychology Concentration
Master of Arts in Contemplative Educationhttp://www.ties-edu.org/Endicott College
Master of Education/integrative learning/Montessori
Some of these schools offer good financial aid, and some very little. From what I understand, it is still a bit unusual for schools to offer grants for distance program (WSU does, which is one major reason why I go there).
I know this is getting lengthy, but let just have a moment to glow
about my program. While I know that I am missing out on being a part of a University experience, in a thriving, learning community, it is absolutely worthwhile for me, being a mama and all. I love that I don't have to go to class at any particular time. I generally check into my courses after the kids go to bed at night. We don't have to miss playgroups or outings, and use very little childcare. I love it! It is not for everyone, but I feel distance learning is an ideal way to make education more attainable to people of all walks of life.
Let me know if you have any more questions!