Education



Good Starting Points

See also Professional Collection database from Gale, which contains more than 300 full-text journals for educators.
  • ERIC Database
    Education-related documents and journal articles, many of them full text. The Education Resources Information Center website is sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences of the U.S. Department of Education.

  • Special Education

    • Mason LIFE Program
      "The Mason LIFE Program is an innovative post-secondary program for young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities who desire a university experience in a supportive academic environment. The program is supported by the Helen A. Kellar Institute for Human disAbilities (KIHd) within the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) of George Mason University."

    • National Center for Learning Disabilities
      Provides online tools, resources and information for parents, educators and people with learning disabilities.

  • TeachersFirst
    A collection of original material, Internet resources and lesson plans organized by subject matter and grade level, and designed for teachers of K-12 students. Provided by The Source for Learning, a nonprofit learning and technologies corporation.

  • U.S. Department of Education
    Provides information about funding opportunities, federal student aid, college accreditation, education statistics, applying for grants, etc.

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Adult and Vocational Education/Lifelong Learning

See also English language classes. To learn English and more than a dozen other languages through the library's online language-learning system, see Mango Languages. For online practice tests and tutorials to help adult learners pass academic or licensing tests, see LearningExpress Library database.
  • Fairfax County Public Schools — Adult and Community Education
    Offers a wide variety of courses for career and technical education, personal and academic enrichment, GED and adult high school completion, and English language learning. Classes are offered locally or online, and are open to adults of any age. Includes an online version of the popular ACE Classes brochure.

  • Literacy Council of Northern Virginia
    Classroom or one-to-one instruction is offered for adults in reading and writing skills, as well as in learning to speak, read, write and understand English. Work at your own pace! Computer labs are available for enrolled students in some learning centers.

  • Northern Virginia Community College: Continuing Education
    This website provides registration information and a list of courses offered at each of the five NOVA campuses. A wide variety of non-credit courses and various certificate programs are available. A brief description of each course is provided, including prices, dates, times and locations.

  • Older Adults

    • Encore Learning
      Encore Learning offers college-level, noncredit courses, lectures, special events and activities to help meet the educational and social needs of people over 50 in the Washington, DC area. Classes are held in various locations throughout Arlington, Virginia. Annual membership dues are required, and there is an additional fee per course.

    • Lifetime Learning Institute of Northern Virginia
      The Lifetime Learning Institute is sponsored by Northern Virginia Community College but is independently run by its members to help meet the continuing education needs of older adults. Noncredit courses are given in a variety of locations in the Northern Virginia area. A membership fee is required.

    • Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

      • OLLI at American University
        The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at American University offers courses and lectures to older adults in the Washington, DC area. A membership fee is required.

      • OLLI at George Mason University
        The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at George Mason University offers courses for people in their retirement years. Classes are held at various locations in Fairfax, Reston and Sterling, Virginia. An annual fee is required.

  • Private Vocational Institutions Certified to Operate in Virginia
    The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) lists career schools certified to operate in Virginia. Information provided for each organization includes school name, address, website, type of program offered and accreditation if applicable. In addition, SCHEV provides a list of private and out-of-state colleges and universities certified to operate in Virginia . Many of these schools offer vocational credentials to students with at least a high school diploma or GED. Read about the benefits of attending an institution certified by SCHEV.

  • Road Scholar
    Road Scholar, Inc., a nonprofit organization, provides educational adventures in the United States and around the world for adults. (The program was formerly known as Elderhostel.)

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College Planning

  • Good Starting Points
  • Choosing a College
  • College and University Rankings
  • College and University Web Sites
  • Financing a College Education
  • Scholarships

  • Good Starting Points

    • College Applications

    • College is Possible
      The American Council on Education offers information on preparing for, choosing and paying for college.

    • Greater Washington College Info Center
      Serves as a resource center for higher education information services in the Washington DC Metropolitan Area. The College Info Center is a program of the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area.

    • SCHEV
      This site, which is maintained by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, provides information about preparing for, choosing and financing a college education. Separate pull down menus exist to assist students, parents and guidance counselors. Also included are links to Virginia colleges and universities.

    • Test Preparation

      For online practice tests and tutorial courses for students, see LearningExpress Library database.
      • ACT Assessment
        Information and registration for the ACT test.

      • College Board Tests
        The College Board offers information about the SAT and SAT Subject Tests, PSAT/NMSQT, AP and CLEP.

      • Educational Testing Service
        The Educational Testing Service offers information about various tests, including the GRE, GMAT, TOEFL, PRAXIS, SLS, Higher Education Assessment and TOEIC.

  • Choosing a College

    • College Board's College Search
      Users can search by region, major, sports, admissions policies, size, setting (urban/rural), coed or single sex or other criteria.

    • College Tours
      Virtual campus tours of U.S. colleges and universities.

    • Distance Learning

    • Graduate Programs

    • Institutions Accredited By Recognized United States Accrediting Organizations
      The Council for Higher Education Accreditation has developed this database of institutions that are accredited by recognized organizations of the CHEA or that are recognized by the United States Department of Education. The database is searchable by name, state or accrediting organization.

    • Peterson's College Search
      Information and links that can help you prepare for, apply to and succeed in college. The site also includes a database you can search to find the college that's best for you.

    • Peterson's Guide to Career Colleges
      Provides information on educational institutions that offer career-specific degree and certificate programs. The database is searchable by program, location and institution.

    • Service Academies and Military Colleges
      TodaysMilitary.com, a U.S. Department of Defense website, describes the options available in service academies and military colleges. A statistical comparison, contact information and links to websites are included.

    • Study Abroad

      • Center for Global Education
        Information on education programs abroad, links to colleges and universities worldwide and access to the SAFETI (Safety Abroad First — Educational Travel Information) Clearinghouse.

      • IIE Passport
        Created and maintained by the Institute of International Education, this site provides study abroad opportunities.

      • Study Abroad Directory
        Directory of study abroad programs, which is searchable by country or subject area of study. From GoAbroad.com.

    • Virginia Education Wizard
      Find out how to enroll in one of Virginia's many community colleges, transfer to a four-year college or university, plan a career path, pay for college and more.

    • Virginia Career VIEW
      Virginia VIEW is the career information system for the Commonwealth of Virginia. The college search section enables you explore two-year and four-year colleges and universities in Virginia and throughout the United States. Users can search by degree, location, tuition, major and surrounding environment.

    • Virginia's Private Colleges
      This site, maintained by the Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia, provides information about admissions, financial aid and tuition assistance grants (TAG) at private colleges in Virginia.

  • College & University Rankings

  • College & University Websites

    • Community College Finder
      Provides website, address and phone number for each community college in the United States. Maintained by the American Association of Community Colleges.

    • Higher Education in Fairfax County
      Websites of selected colleges and universities in the Washington DC metropolitan area. Includes a downloadable list of area institutions of higher learning showing location, enrollment and degrees offered.

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    • U.S. Universities
      Links to the websites of four-year colleges and universities arranged alphabetically or by state. Maintained by the University of Texas at Austin.

    • Virginia Colleges and Universities
      Provides links to Virginia colleges and universities, and includes degrees offered and accreditation. Maintained by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia.

  • Financing a College Education

  • Scholarships

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Free, Online Courses (Massive Open Online Courses or MOOCs)

MOOCs are free, online, college-level courses from universities and other providers worldwide. The following sites organize lists of available MOOCs, and provide direct links to them, making course selection easier.

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Pre-K to 12

See also Standards of Learning for Virginia Public Schools and homework topics. For online practice tests and tutorial courses for students, see LearningExpress Library database.

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