University of Cincinnati Online Graduate Program Allows Ohio Teacher to Earn Degree While Continuing Coaching Obligations

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David Bergan had a decision to make. The 25-year-old seventh grade mathematics teacher at Mason (OH) Middle School had to choose between his career and his passion.

David Bergan had a decision to make. The 25-year-old seventh grade mathematics teacher at Mason (OH) Middle School had to choose between his career and his passion.

To keep up with the educational demands of his career, Bergan needed a master's degree in education. Unfortunately, taking the time to go back to school on a part-time basis would have made it virtually impossible to continue doing what he loved, coaching the Mason High School swim team during the school year, and coaching the Evendale Community swim team during the summer.

Fortunately, Bergan was able to find a happy medium which allowed him to continue his education while fulfilling his obligations as a teacher and coach in the University of Cincinnati's (UC) online Master of Education in Education Leadership degree program (http://www.mastersed.uc.edu).

"When I was looking for a master's in education, my top choice was the University of Cincinnati because I knew it was a great program," said Bergan. "Since the only thing I was familiar with was the on-campus program, I knew there was no way I could get my degree and continue coaching. The online program was the only way that I could do both."

Bergan expects to complete his degree in March of 2007. He cites a move to administration as his top career choice. He also said the master's degree was essential to keep up with the educational demands of his profession and the standards currently being adopted by the state of Ohio.

His passion for swimming began when he started swimming for the Evendale Community swim team at the age of five and has continued throughout the rest of his life. He swam competitively as an undergraduate in college while completing his bachelor's degree at Miami University (OH). The flexibility of the online program has allowed Bergan to pass along his passion for swimming to the young athletes he coaches.

David Bergan is just one of thousands of students who are able to continue their education through the convenience of online learning programs like UC's Master of Education in Educational Leadership.

The program is accredited by NCATE* and meets the standards for the preparation of administrators approved by the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC).

For more information about the Master of Education in Educational Leadership distance education program, contact a University of Cincinnati Enrollment Advisor at 800-226-0075 or visit the program Web site, http://www.mastersed.uc.edu.

The University of Cincinnati's Master of Education in Educational Leadership online program is administered in partnership with Compass Knowledge Group, Inc. a leader in distance learning providing support to higher education online degree programs.

About Compass Knowledge Group
The University of Cincinnati has enlisted the help of Compass Knowledge Group to recruit students and market the online program for the university. Founded in 1993, Compass Knowledge Group, Inc. or "Compass" (http://www.compassknowledge.com) located in Orlando, Florida partners with higher education institutions to create successful distance learning programs. Our industry-leading consultants assess institutional readiness and degree program viability. Using best-in-class marketing, recruitment, and student retention services, Compass Knowledge Group introduces degree programs to the world and enables colleges and universities to succeed in the competitive online education marketplace.

*National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) at http://www.ncate.org or 202-466-7496.

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