Compass Knowledge Group Partners with University of Florida to Launch Online Master of Arts in Art Education Program

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Compass Knowledge Group is announcing that it has partnered with the University of Florida (UF) College of Fine Arts to offer a Master of Arts in Art Education degree program online for practicing art educators. Classes will begin Summer 2010.

Our online learning services, partnered with UF's high quality academics, allow artists and art educators to earn their master's degree while they continue working

Compass Knowledge Group, a premier provider of distance learning services, has partnered with the University of Florida (UF) College of Fine Arts to offer a Master of Arts in Art Education degree program online. Classes will begin Summer 2010.

The MA in Art Education is for practicing art educators who want to improve their teaching skills, artists who have a desire to teach in K-12 classrooms, and artists or educators who view art education as a vehicle for affecting social and cultural change. The program emphasizes contemporary art and art education issues in developing art teachers who are uniquely positioned to thrive in the varied 21st century learning environments, in part by leveraging the power of digital media to enable creative and innovative art education.

"Our students will be engaged in a high-tech, high-touch educational environment, with rich studio experiences in traditional and digital media. Without compromising the traditional humanity of art making, our graduates will empower students to express themselves in ways not possible before," said Professor Craig Roland of the University of Florida.

"Our online learning services, partnered with UF's high quality academics, allow artists and art educators to earn their master's degree while they continue working," said Dan Devine, Compass Knowledge Group's Founder and CEO. "Technology plays an important role in the delivery of educational opportunities. Online course delivery takes away geographical boundaries and enables faculty to deliver high quality instruction to students worldwide," he added.

Students enrolled the UF online Master of Arts in Art Education program improve their professional knowledge and skills by staying current with new technology and pedagogical practices while engaged in their respective classrooms. For those candidates interested in teaching in Florida's K-12 schools, the UF Master of Arts in Art Education program also offers the Educator Preparation Institute (EPI) track, which prepares individuals for eligibility to receive Florida K-12 art teacher certification as well as pursue careers in states with reciprocity agreements.

The University of Florida is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). Additionally, the Art Education program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

About Compass Knowledge Group http://www.compassknowledge.com
Since 1993, Compass Knowledge Group has partnered with prominent, traditional universities to help them plan, implement and operate successful online academic programs. Compass provides the entire complement of online learning support services - including market research, program marketing, student recruitment, instructional design and technology, student retention support, faculty training and support, technical helpdesk, and online bookstore -- enabling their partners to concentrate on delivering high-quality academics. Compass' success is based on a history of predictable performance that far exceeds industry standards.

About The University of Florida http://www.ufl.edu
The University of Florida (UF) is a major, public, comprehensive, land-grant, research university. The state's oldest, largest and most comprehensive university, UF is among the nation's most academically diverse public universities. UF has a long history of established programs in international education, research and service. With an enrollment approaching 50,000 students annually, UF is home to 16 colleges and more than 150 research centers and institutes. It is one of only 17 public, land-grant universities that belong to the Association of American Universities.

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