Miller Motte Accreditation Issues

  • Last Post 22 September 2014
jennifer29569 posted this 22 September 2014 - Last edited 25 February 2016

I live in SC and decided that I wanted to go back to school. I am a 42 year old Widow and Mother of 5 children that range from 6 years old to 16 years old, being that I am extremely busy I chose to do my schooling online. I am very interested in working in the Juvenile Justice field as either a probation officer or case worker.

I had a few friends and family members that were either in the process of getting or had obtained a degree through Miller Motte. One of the first thing I asked them is if they were an accredited school, and they stated that they are. I had no clue about regional and national accreditation's until now. I will be done April 5, 2015. I will have my Associates Degree in Paralegal.

I have recently visited the local colleges in my area in the hopes of transferring my credits over there to pursue my bachelors in either social work or criminal justice. Boy did reality hit hard. All the time, family sacrifices and not to mention money that will have gone into my degree is not transferable. I have a 4.0 GPA and have maintained it sense I started.

Are there any colleges that are regional accredited that would be willing to accept my credits and are there any legit regional accredited online schools that I could obtain my degree in either social work or juvenile justice that if I chose to transfer credits again some place would accept them, and also where an employee will accept them?

Kayleigh posted this 22 September 2014 - Last edited 22 October 2015

Hi there,

I'm sorry to hear about that!

There has been a big boom in "state approved" schools offering degrees via distance learning.

Many states regulate private trade schools by putting them through a state approval process which is, unfortunately, not the same thing as college accreditation.

A "state approved" distance learning college may provide sound training, but degrees earned from state approved online colleges are unaccredited degrees; and degrees earned from unaccredited universities are not widely accepted in the academic or corporate world.

As you found out the credits earned from these schools are largely not accepted for transfer into regionally accredited colleges.

You could try to transfer your credits to a nationally accredited school.

National accreditation is generally used for vocational and career training colleges which is more aligned with the education you've earned from Miller Motte.

All of the degrees in the GetEducated database have been pre-screened for proper accreditation and ALL degrees you find here hold either National or Regional Accreditation. (MBA degrees also may hold AACSB accreditation).

We profile hundreds of online bachelor degrees in Criminal Justice.

You can sort by choosing National Accreditation from the left-hand menu.

California Coast University is nationally accredited and offers a 100% online bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice for $18,900.

Contact their admissions department and see if they will take some or all of your transfer credits.

If that option doesn't work out you can also contact schools which allow some students to test out of certain courses to earn credits towards a bachelor's degree.

You may be able to earn credit for the courses you've previously taken at Miller Motte by taking assessment exams. These schools are also all regionally accredited and approved by both the U.S. Dept. of Education and CHEA.

See: Real Life Experience Degree Schools

Finally, in the future, you can check accreditation by running a search in the U.S. Dept. of Education accreditation database or the CHEA accreditation database before enrolling.

Best of luck!