ACTC, the American Council of Teachers and Lecturers, says that while it is great to see more women in positions of leadership in our profession, the “real value” of an online degree comes from the skills learned in the classroom, not the degree itself.
The group says that online courses have “zero value” for teaching or teaching students.
In fact, a study of the benefits of a four-year college degree found that only about half of women were able to teach for the full four years.
A spokesperson for ACTC said that the group is working on making online degree programs more accessible to all women.
“We are working on creating a platform for women and people of color to take advantage of these opportunities,” the spokesperson told Newsweek.
The ACTC’s new online program is a pilot project and will expand over the coming years.
ACTC is partnering with companies like Lynda.com to provide access to these programs, which are currently only available to women.
ACTCs CEO, Mary E. Fink, told Newsweek that there are more than 80,000 women in STEM occupations in the U.S., but that only a few hundred are working in these positions.
“In order to be successful in the workplace, you need to have the right skills, and we know there are many of those skills,” Fink said.
“And yet, only a handful of women hold STEM jobs, so we’re excited to be adding these skills and giving them to these women.”
ACTC recently announced a $2 million scholarship for women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs, along with $20 million for students.
The goal is to increase the number of women in those STEM jobs by 15% by 2025.
The organization said it is also working to open its STEM program to more men and people with disabilities.
The new online training program is part of a $10 million initiative to expand access to the ACTC-supported online teaching degree program to help women who do not have a degree but want to advance their careers in the field.