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Online university brings art education to working professionals

on Friday,July 16,2010 14:07

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Working professionals who wish to enter a career in art education may want to consider enrolling in an online university. Web-based degree programs offer busy adults the flexibility to earn a degree on their own schedule.

Online masters programs, such as the one offered by the University of Florida (UF) College of Fine Arts, provide learners with the opportunity to graduate in under two years.

Coursework for the online masters in art education degree program will explore digital media as an education tool, contemporary theory and practice, art history and teaching techniques. Through the curriculum, students will learn how to use digital technologies to deliver effective learning experiences.

"Without compromising the traditional humanity of art-making, our graduates will empower students to express themselves in ways not possible before," said Craig Roland, professor at UF.

The program also offers the Educator Preparation Institute track for individuals who are interested in teaching at Florida public schools.

The flexibility offered by this and similar online degree programs may best benefit educators who wish to continue teaching while they earn a degree.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that employment of teachers is expected to grow by 13 percent over the next eight years.

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