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Online Degrees and Certificates

Online learning at Elgin Community College offers you the flexibility to work towards your educational goals while maintaining your busy lifestyle and commitments. Experience a convenient learning environment with the support and resources you need to succeed!

What Are the Benefits of an Online Program?

With ECC’s online degree and certificate programs, you can learn online anytime. Classes are fully online and asynchronous, meaning no set class times and no face-to-face sessions are required. Online programs are perfect for students balancing work, family commitments, or other outside responsibilities.

Online classes allow you to study at your own pace. You can work ahead or take more time on challenging topics.

Available Online Degrees

Associate of Arts (AA)

You can complete an Associate of Arts degree fully online. This is one of the most popular associate degrees for students intending to transfer to a four-year university. The fully online, asynchronous degree is a great opportunity for you to further your education while meeting the demands of your busy lifestyle!

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How Do I Enroll in an Online Program?

Enrolling in an online degree program is the same process as for all other programs at ECC. New students, or those who have not attended ECC in the past two years, should submit a free online application and indicate their interest in completing their program of study completely online. Once you’ve indicated your interest, our admissions team will be in touch with you on your next steps.

Current students wishing to switch to an online degree or certificate should contact their academic advisor.

What Support and Resources Are Available for Online Learning?

Most student support services, including academic advising, tutoring, and wellness services, are available remotely, so there is no need to come to campus. Learn more about our support services.

Set yourself up for success from the start with these strategies for being successful in an online learning environment.

Chromebooks are available for checkout at the Library. If you need it for classes at ECC, let us know at circdesk@elgin.edu.

If you need wi-fi for your studies, learn more about affordable or free wi-fi options for students.

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Is an Online Degree or Certificate Right for Me?

If you start an online program, you can always switch back to a traditional degree or choose to take a few classes face-to-face. You are not required to take all of your classes online if your learning preferences change.

ECC offers classes in online, hybrid, and in-person formats, so you can choose how you learn best. Find resources for determining if online classes are right for you.

If you’re still not sure if an online program is right for you, you can try out taking a few online classes. Browse our online classes here.

Planning to Transfer

ECC is the ideal place to start a bachelor’s degree. Many four-year colleges and universities offer fully online bachelor’s degrees in various programs, including business, psychology, and non-STEM fields. Meet with an academic advisor to plan for your seamless transfer.

University Transfer & Partnerships

Tips for succeeding as an online student