Are Online Counseling Degrees Just As Good As Compared To Traditional Face-To-Face Programs – An In-Depth Comparison

Are you worried about which degrees are more compatible – online or traditional? We got you. This article will explore both types of degrees in-depth, to determine which will work best for you, accordingly your needs and demands.

Online degrees, irrespective of the field are readily available and feasible to pursue with a set of resources such as internet, phones, or laptop. One can enroll through the site and choose what one wants to pursue.

Traditional degrees on the other hand are the degrees in which there is face to face interaction, you have to visit the classroom or lab to learn the coursework.

Coursework and curriculum

The universities and colleges set curriculum on the basis of guidelines made by the respective bodies regulating higher education. Coursework and curriculum are the thing very few people look while choosing for a degree but if you are going for a counseling degree, you should check that once.

Both mode of degrees does have same coursework and curriculum, might have somewhat variations. Content offered by them can vary slightly but not completely, as these degrees are accredited.

Teaching Methods

The method of teaching will probably be different due to the modes. Online teaching includes more of videos, presentations, interactive graphics to engage with students, and doubt sessions.

Traditional teaching does have quality of engaging students through discussion, question-answers, on-site doubt solving sessions.

However, these methods have their own ways of engaging students, but it totally depends on the professor, and his/her ways to make their class more engaging and fun. So, in case of online degrees book a demo or try to gather about teaching style of the professor and in traditional, try to look for and to interact with former students and ask for their feedback about the degree.

Accessibility and flexibility

Online degrees are more accessible and feasible, as they can be pursued from anywhere to everywhere. One doesn’t have to go outside for pursuing the degree. Apart from being feasible, these are affordable and self-paced in some of the cases.

Traditional degrees on the other hand are not that easy to access, as certain universities and colleges offers them, and to get enrolled in one you have to visit on regular basis. Tuition fess might be unaffordable to many and colleges at far distance from home is another concern.

Moreover, the reach of online degrees is much higher than traditional degrees.

Interaction and Exposure

Someone who loves to engage with others, wants that on-hand experience, traditional degrees are recommended for them. Traditional degrees offer a variety of exposure to students from fests to Internships, placements, seminars to workshops and, fieldtrips & opportunities to work in lab.

Traditional degrees have more opportunities in terms of interaction and exposure, you met your seniors and juniors, interact with them along with the professors, you build a kind of network. While as online degrees are limited when it comes to exposure and interaction in terms of space.

Traditional degrees offer an environment to learn, there everyone is learning something or another. In online degrees you may not find the environment around you, however you are learning in an environment with various perspectives and cultures, but it provides an opportunity to connect people with diverse  backgrounds and helps you build a network having global connections. However, the nuanced understanding of non-verbal cues and direct human interaction in traditional programs is complex to replicate when you do a counseling degree online.

Skill development

Both types of degrees will help you in skills development. Traditional degrees will help in developing more of  practical and comprehensive skills, while as online degrees help more in building technical skills, as attending online classes and accesses coursework requires knowledge of technology.

Either of them cannot be compared on the basis of skills development, both have their own set of skills to offer to its students. Online counseling degrees will help you understand how to deal with clients and counsel them but when it comes to practice you will get exposure of how to get it done in online mode much better, than in person.

The reason behind is because when we experience things in person, we replicate them better, we learn many things it is surrounded with. For example – it’s different to conduct a seminar in offline mode and in online mode.


With the changing world, technology is getting overrated day by day, internet became a necessity, but is it true that technological ways are  better than traditional ways? No, both of them have their pros and cons, its totally subjective of being bias towards one. Education is important to mankind, so the bridge between these two modes is must.

There should be a degree having components of both, so the leaner can get benefits. Both of the degrees have their ways of teaching, understanding, and practicing. The skills of the learner stand out the most, no one cares you’re graduated from where, they only want to know how compatible and skilled you are. It’s totally up to the learner, which mode would suits his/her best, in the end it’s the teacher and learner not the mode, look for a professor and his/her ways of teaching, you will get the better idea.

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Yachika Yadav is a sociology post graduate student at Banasthali Vidyapith. She loves to capture moments in nature, apart from drawing and writing poetries. Field of research attracts her the most and in future she want to be a part of that. She is a good listener, learner. And tries to always help others.