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General Discussion

luis martinez
luis martinez
2,480 Points

TreeHouse TechDegree

I just learned that there is a techdegree and I really want to know what it is and how is it different from taking the regular courses that treehouse offers. For example java, whats is the difference on taking that course to get a techdegree and just taking the regular course offer on tree house. Do they cover more content? Is it harder?

Rob Allessi
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Rob Allessi
Front End Web Development Techdegree Student 8,599 Points

The Treehouse Techdegree is a rigorous project-based program that challenges you to build 12 real-world projects that are not found within our library or anywhere else. The Techdegree includes a learning path full of Treehouse's high-quality video courses. In addition, Techdegree students get access to the following Techdegree-only features:

  • 12 real-world projects to build on your own. These projects start with simple projects and lead to complete applications. These projects will be excellent additions to your portfolio and will be great demonstrations of your programming skills. Projects reviewed and graded. Each project you submit is graded by a professional developer. They'll look over your project, make sure your project meets the grading requirements and provide feedback on your project and programming code.
  • Private Slack channels. Techdegree students get access to private discussion channels using the instant-messaging app Slack. You can talk to other students in the program in real-time: share resources, discuss the projects, and even have other students look over your projects and give you feedback before you submit them for grading.
  • 2 mentor sessions. You'll be able to speak directly, one-on-one, in a video chat with a professional developer. You can use these 1/2 hour sessions to ask questions, get advice, or get help on your projects.
  • Final exam. As the final step in proving to yourself and others that you are ready to become an entry-level developer, the Techdegree includes a proctored final exam. This is a 2 hour test to make sure you've learned the concepts, technologies and techniques you'll need on the job. Don't worry, you can take the exam until you pass, and when you do, you'll know you're ready.
  • Certificate of achievement. Once you complete the 12 projects and pass the final exam, you'll receive a certificate indicating your completion of the Techdegree.

I hope this information is of help! Let us know if you have any other questions by shooting us an email at help@teamtreehouse.com.

3 Answers

Well, a big difference is you can pay $400 - $600 a month vs. the average Basic Plan, $25 and Pro Plan, $49. Also, since I'm not a techdegree student, I don't know exactly, but I do know, you get special content that will make you job-ready, if you put in the work, in like half a year, to a year. Other than that I'm not sure. Happy Coding! ~ Gabriel

luis martinez
luis martinez
2,480 Points

Well yea I want to figure it out because I am going to college and really I am taking easy classes and won't take like heavy development process until 2017 so I mean there's only so much you can learn from YouTube and regular content on treehouse but if theres is like coding that I would do in a real job then I might give it a change.

In my opinion it's a similar issue to, "Should I go to university to learn programming?" There are employers who will require a degree, and then there are those who will look at your portfolio and your experience and won't care if you went to a "real" school. Since the TechDegree does not appear to be accredited, I would think of it as the latter.

The info page says you will come out with about a dozen projects that you can put in your portfolio. If that's worth it to you, then go for it (and let us know what it's like!).

Rob Allessi
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Rob Allessi
Front End Web Development Techdegree Student 8,599 Points

Exactly! We recognize that there are different approaches and preferences when it comes to technology education. There are many people out there who have already tried a traditional 2-4 year university and ended up in a career where they were unhappy or unable to financially support themselves or their families.

While a career in technology can seem promising to some, it can also seem unattainable with exorbitant costs and time commitments. This is why we introduced Techdegree: to provide people with a high-quality alternative to a traditional university degree.

If anyone from Treehouse reads this, I've got to say that I'd personally need to see a lot more information before committing to this kind of spend. I've loved Treehouse to date, but to commit to a $2400 spend (at a minimum of 6 months on the cheapest course) is a big ask, and there are other providers such as Free Code Camp out there who offer creation of portfolio projects as part of their teaching style. Without much more detailed info (videos of content, sample lessons/projects etc) there is simply no way I would sign up for this. Please prove me wrong!