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Is an DETC degree vaild and legal for use in CANADA, ONTARIO..

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Is an DETC degree vaild and legal for use in CANADA, ONTARIO.. for example if i finish a Bs.c , I am able to use the term such as Bs.c Richard xxxx on a title, resume or any legal document?
Submitted: 9 years ago.
Category: Canada Law
Expert:  CanLawyer replied 9 years ago.

Please provide me with some additional information. What is a DETC degree? I have never heard of it.

I believe the designation you are referring to is B.Sc., which is a Bachelor of Science degree.

There is no law that prevents you from adding any initials to your name no matter what they stand for. The problem that you will encounter is validating your use of any degree designation. People will actualy ask you where you got your degree from. And some people will actually check up on what you say.

The last thing you want is to be embarrassed.

I do suggest that you make every effort to obtain a bona fide degree from a recognized University. There are no second bests.


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Customer: replied 9 years ago.
DETC's Offical Website

some schools that are nationally accreditted,by DETC include

Twenty-five years ago, the six regional accreditors were the only agencies that accredited degree-granting institutions. Since then, other recognized accrediting agencies, often specializing in specific fields or certain kinds of education, have gotten into the business. Not having a regional focus, they are known as "national accreditors." (The fact that "national" denotes a level below "regional" is another confusing and counter-intuitive aspect of accreditation.) Relevant to our discussion is the Distance Education and Training Council, or DETC.

DETC began in the 1950s as the National Home Study Council. Its original purpose was to establish industry standards for correspondence schools offering primarily trade and vocational courses. As time went by, some of its members began offering specialized associate's degrees. By 1980, the agency accredited two bachelor's-granting programs. Today, DETC accredits dozens of schools that grant degrees, including a few offering professional doctorates.

Because DETC is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, it satisfies the conditions of GAAP. Despite this, DETC accreditation has always been controversial and has never gained the wide acceptance of regional accreditation. Still, when I asked seven schools if they accept DETC-accredited degrees or credits, I was surprised that the response was so uncontroversial: almost unanimously, they do not.

For six of them -- The Union Institute, Walden University, Strayer University, and the "big three" (Excelsior, Thomas Edison, and Charter Oak) -- dismissal of DETC accreditation is unqualified. Only Capella University indicated it would accept DETC credits or degrees on a case-by-case basis. However, several schools indicated they would accept courses from DETC-accredited schools that had been separately evaluated for credit by the American Council on Education (ACE). (ACE evaluates non-collegiate courses offered by schools, private industry, the military, and others.) In that case, they would accept the ACE recommendations for awarding credits for these courses. Some DETC-accredited schools have submitted some of their courses for ACE evaluation, but not all schools have done so, and even schools that have may not have submitted all their courses for evaluation. It would be wise to check.

Why the dismissal of DETC accreditation? One can only speculate, but a likely reason is that DETC-accredited -- and other nationally accredited -- schools are outside the "club." (The regional associations were created and are made up of their member institutions.) Another might be the legacy of the DETC: accrediting trade school correspondence courses. But another might be that DETC-accredited schools -- taken as a whole -- are simply not comparable to regionally accredited schools. It is interesting to note that no DETC-accredited school has ever gone on to regional accreditation in the more than two decades DETC has been accrediting schools awarding bachelor's and higher degrees.

Question that I need answered is, DETC accreditted degree's are legal to use in the work place, to use on a resume, and or to be able to use the title legally earned, such as the term BSBA, B.A, etc etc.

I am aware transfering of DETC to a Candian School is very unlikely, But i am only intrested in the legal status of it to being used in Ontario Canada, such as legally useable for employment, how does the government see this degree etc, that is the question i required answered.

How does the government of Ontario,Canada, View this Degree?
Customer: replied 9 years ago.
Please close the question,

I dont belive i;ll get an answer.

Expert:  CanLawyer replied 9 years ago.

You might want to view some particular job ads and see whether the Gov. of Ontario lists the DETC qualification as one of the qualifications that they accept.

Each employer determines for itself what accreditations it will accept.

A lot of distance education is poorly regarded as not being equivalent to traditonal educational institutions.


It would appear to me that the DETC accreditation was something invented by the educational institutions that use the accreditation. This is a common tactic.

Don't be dispointed if the accreditation is not universally regarded or accepted.


A better method would be to determine what accreditations are acceptable, then achieve or obtain those credentials.


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