Frustrated with the limited amount of professional development she was receiving as a K-5 art teacher, Jessica Balsley began publishing lesson plans and videos online in 2009 under her blog, “Art of Education.”

Ten years later, Balsley and her husband, Derek, launched Art of Education University in January. The online graduate school for art teachers in Osage is one of only two for-profit universities to open in Iowa in the past nine years, according to Iowa College Aid.

“As far as we know, Art of Education University is the only non-religious graduate university established in Iowa in the last 50 years,” Derek Balsley said in a phone interview.

Balsley said the couple took the step of opening a new graduate school because of three

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