See also English language classes, homework topics, and jobs and careers.

Good Starting Points

See also Professional Collection database from Gale, which contains more than 300 full-text journals for educators.
  • ERIC — Education Resources Information Center
    Education-related documents and journal articles, many of them full text. ERIC 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.

    • Special Education Guide
      This site for parents and educators provides resources for understanding the special education process.

  • 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.

top of page

Adult 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. Website 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.

  • Massive Open Online Courses (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.

  • Northern Virginia Community College — Workforce Development
    Registration information and a list of courses offered at each of the five NOVA campuses is provided. 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.

  • Road Scholar
    Road Scholar, a nonprofit organization, provides lifelong learning adventures in the United States and around the world for adults of all ages.

top of page

College Planning

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

  • Good Starting Points

    • College Applications

      • Common Application
        Complete one online application and submit it to multiple schools. The common application, is accepted by more than 700 colleges and universities. Note: Free registration is required.

    • 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.

    • Test Preparation

      For online practice tests and tutorial courses for students, see LearningExpress Library database.
  • Choosing a College

    • College Search
      Search by region, major, sports, admissions policies, size, setting (urban/rural), coed or single sex, or other criteria. Produced by the College Board.

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

    • 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.

    • Military Colleges and Academies describes the options available in military colleges and service academies, and provides links to websites.

    • Online Degrees

      • Affordable Colleges Online
        Provides information on online degrees, and ranks online college programs using the website's own methodology. Online colleges meeting the website's criteria are displayed by degree level, major or state and ranked as best, cheapest, having the highest return on investment, etc.

      • Best Online Programs
        U.S. News and World Report ranks online undergraduate programs in a wide variety of majors and online graduate programs in business, criminal justice, education, engineering, information technology and nursing.

      • Guide to Online Schools
        Provides a variety of tools to assist in online school selection. Search by type of degree and area of study, or find schools in a specific state that offer online programs. Tuition information, student reviews, a ranking of online schools by best value and a side-by-side school comparison feature are also provided.

      • Peterson's Online Schools
        Search online learning programs by school, major, degree and more.

    • 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.

    • 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 of study abroad programs, which is searchable by country or subject area of study. Provided by

    • 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 offered, major, location, tuition or surrounding environment.

    • 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 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
    • American Institutions of Higher Education
      Links to the websites of two- and four-year colleges and universities arranged geographically by region. Provided by Wikipedia.

    • 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.

    • 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
    • FastWeb
      This site offers free scholarship searches. Note: The user must register by providing a personal profile.

    • Free Scholarship Searches
      Links to free scholarship and financial aid search sites. Also offers links to information about online degrees, distance learning programs and more. Provided by the American Educational Guidance Center.

    • Guaranteed Scholarships
      This site lists scholarships offered by individual colleges and universities.

    • QuestBridge National College Match Program
      This organization helps outstanding low-income high school students obtain scholarships and admission to leading colleges. Information and applications are available on the site.

    • ROTC Programs
      Participants in the Reserve Officer Training Corps program receive a paid college education in exchange for a commitment to service in the military after graduation.

    • Scholarship and Financial Aid Scams
      Tips from the Federal Trade Commission on how to spot a scam.

    • Scholarship Search
      Locate scholarships and other financial aid programs from non-college sources. Produced by the College Board.

top of page

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.

Share This Page

Library Resources

Your Library card is your ticket to premium resources:


Suggestions and comments can be sent to Library Customer Service.

The Fairfax County Public Library web publishing team invites you to "Keep in Touch."

Subscribe to Library eNewsletters

Library logo


Search our events calendar

To request reasonable ADA accommodations or alternative format of materials presented in this site, please contact Library Customer Service.

Contact Fairfax County: Phone, Email or Twitter | Main Address: 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, VA 22035
Technical Questions: Web Administrator

ADA Accessibility | Website Accessibility
Awards | FOIA | Mobile | Using this Site | Web Disclaimer & Privacy Policy | Get Adobe Reader
Official site of the County of Fairfax, Virginia, © Copyright 2015

Website Feedback Website Feedback    Globe with various flags representing Web site language translations   Language Translations

Alert Logo   New Website Coming Soon--Check Out a Preview!
Return to Graphic Version