Flexible Learning Options

Cecil College believes that learning is a lifelong process and is acquired in many different ways. In addition to the traditional, in-person classroom setting, learning and mastery of college-level skills and knowledge may occur as a result of other learning or work experiences.

Accelerated Studies

For the student who is focused, organized and motivated, accelerated studies may be for you. A selection of courses at Cecil College are offered in a condensed format that may expedite the completion of a degree or certificate.


If you’re a disciplined and motivated learner with basic computer knowledge, online learning could be perfect for you. Online learning provides flexibility and convenience for fitting college into your busy life, providing the opportunity to meet your educational goals, while still meeting the demands of your life. Courses are high quality and rigorous, provided by our highly-credentialed faculty who are supportive and knowledgeable.

Quality Matters Certified Courses

Quality Matters (QM) is a nationally recognized, faculty-centered, peer review process designed to certify the quality of online course design and online components. The QM Rubric is used in course reviews that result in continuous improvement and faculty development. Receipt of QM Certification is a significant accomplishment.

Course Number Course Title Year Certified
ART 180 Basic Photography 2016
BUS 231 Management of Human Resources 2016
EGL 101 Freshman Composition 2017
EGL 211 Technical Writing 2015
MAT 121 Pre-Calculus 2014
MUC 122 Music Appreciation 2015
MUC 143 Music Fundamentals 2018
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology 2015

Alternative Pathways to Degrees

Often, students come to Cecil College with previous knowledge, skills, and credentials, which could support the acquisition of a degree or certificate. For a more detailed explanation, please see the Evaluation of Prior Learning section in the college catalog.

Assessment and Portfolio Review

In some instances, course credit may be awarded via a portfolio assessment or department exam. Specific criteria need to be met to take advantage of this opportunity.


Work experience and the application of learned knowledge and skills can be a key component of learning. Cecil College has integrated work experiences, internships and practicums into many of their programs.

Credential Stacking

The ability to build upon prior knowledge, skills and credentials can be critical in career development or the attainment of an educational or career goal. Cecil College supports this concept, creating bridges between non-credit programs and credentials to credit certificates and degrees, or from certificates to degrees.

Early College Academy

The Early College Academy (ECA) offered at Cecil College enrolls students in grades 9–12. Successful students complete high school with a high school diploma (or its equivalent) and an Associates of Arts degree in General Studies from Cecil College. Prior to their freshman year, ECA students participate in an orientation program to introduce them to academic expectations and resources available to them during their four years in the program. Throughout their enrollment, students are supported by tutors and advisors from Cecil College. While taking classes, students are guided through seminars and individualized advising to help them build the academic skills needed to succeed in high school and college coursework.

Cecil College has three separate Early College Academies. The first began in the 2014/2015 school year in partnership with Oxford Area School District in Pennsylvania. Cecil College and Oxford now have four successful cohorts. The second academy began in the 2017/2018 school year with local homeschool families. Our third academy will begin in 2018/2019 in partnership with Cecil County Public Schools.