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Thomson Education Direct

Thomson Education Direct is the world's leader in distance education. Because of our unique at-home training method, Thomson Education Direct makes it easy to attain the degree or diploma you desire, no matter where you are located. With Thomson Education Direct, adults can achieve a Specialized Associate Degree or Career Diploma from over 75 distance learning programs to help advance their careers and achieve personal satisfaction.


Programs Offered by Thomson Education Direct:
  Associate in Specialized Business (ASB) Degree
  Associate in Specialized Technology (AST) Degree

Since 1890, over 13 million students have enrolled with Thomson Education Direct to improve their careers and their lives, and now it's easier than ever before for you to do the same.

  • Learn with unparalleled student services and unlimited instructional support.
  • Choose from over 75 distance learning programs in today's fastest growing fields.
  • No Classroom Necessary. Learn on your own time, in your own home, and at your own pace.
  • Enjoy the convenience of lessons delivered right to your door and in PDF format for online study.
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Thomson Education Direct Accreditation and Certification
Training that's nationally accredited and nationally recognized. Middle States Commission on Secondary Schools Thomson Education Direct is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Secondary Schools for our high school and vocational technical programs.

Thomson Education Direct is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC), which is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency.

Thomson Education Direct and the Center for Degree Studies are licensed by the Pennsylvania State Board of Private Licensed Schools. We are an accredited member by the Distance Education and Training Council Many American corporations - including business giants like Ford, IBM, Xerox, DOW Chemical, and U.S. Steel - have used our training method to educate their own employees.* You'll train with confidence knowing so many internationally respected companies have chosen Thomson Education Direct.

Approved for veterans training
Many Thomson Education Direct programs are approved for veterans training. Reservists may also qualify for veterans training. If you think you may be eligible, check with your local or regional VA office.

Thomson Education Direct, and the Center for Degree Studies, are affiliated with DANTES, which qualifies military personnel for tuition reimbursement.

You can earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
We are an authorized provider of continuing education by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training

In addition, Thomson Education Direct has been reviewed and approved as an Authorized Provider of continuing education and training programs by the International Association for Continuing

Education and Training (IACET). This means you can earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for the Thomson Education Direct Career Diploma Programs you've completed. CEUs serve as a nationally recognized unit of measure for continuing education and training.

Your Center for Degree Studies (CDS)Degree is recognized across the United States.
Most CDS Degree Courses have been successfully evaluated for college credits by the American Council on Education College Credit Recommendation Service. If you choose to advance your education beyond your Specialized Associate Degree, you may qualify for residential college credits as a result of your graduation from the Thomson Education Direct Center for Degree Studies.

If you are planning to continue your education with another school after you earn your degree from Thomson Education Direct, you should check with that school regarding credit transfer policies. Credits earned in Thomson Education Direct programs may transfer to some, but not all, learning institutions. CDS degree courses have been reviewed by the ACE College Credit Recommendation Service and are listed in the National Guide to Educational Credit for Training Programs. Many colleges use the recommendations made by ACE to determine credit transfer values.

In addition, the Center for Degree Studies, which administers all Thomson Education Direct Degree Programs, is a member of the Pennsylvania Association of Two-Year Colleges.

The choice of industry professionals
Many Thomson Education Direct programs are endorsed by professional trade organizations, including the Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS) and the National Association of Radio and Telecommunications Engineers (NARTE). In addition, Thomson Education Direct training can help prepare you to earn valuable accreditation in fields such as computer programming, medical billing, and many more.

This list identifies companies that have selected Thomson Education Direct to provide training for their employees. This does not imply an endorsement.

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