A revolutionary district-level professional learning platform designed for K-12 art teachers.
The ultimate curriculum platform for K-12 art teachers aligned to state and national standards.
The world's largest online conference for K-12 art teachers. Twice-annual event with over 5,000 attendees.
MA in Art Education
Finally, an affordable, convenient, and relevant online master's in art education designed by art teachers.
The most popular online magazine for K-12 art teachers. Thousands of free articles, podcasts and resources.
“We grow amazing art teachers by providing rigorous, relevant, and engaging learning at every stage of their career.”
The Art of Education University is a fully-accredited online graduate university, offering an accredited degree program nationwide.LEARN MORE
The Art of Education University (AOEU) is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC).
The Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC) is listed by the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) as a recognized accrediting agency.
The Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC) is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
The Art of Education University (AOEU) is registered by the Iowa College Student Aid Commission to operate in the state of Iowa.
Hi, I’m Jessica. Founder and President at the Art of Education University.
Several years ago as an art teacher working towards my master’s degree, I began a search for a university with courses designed for art teachers but came up short.
Like so many art teachers, I struggled to find classes that were relevant, practical, and would actually teach me something valuable to my career as an art educator!
This frustration led to the creation and development of The Art of Education. That year, my husband Derek and I set out on a mission to provide Ridiculously Relevant Professional Development™ to art teachers around the world.
Since that time, and thanks to our loyal students, The Art of Education (AOE) is now The Art of Education University (AOEU), the world’s first fully-accredited graduate university exclusively serving K-12 art teachers like you.
Today, hundreds of thousands of individuals read our online magazine each month while thousands of art teachers attend our conferences and rely on our online graduate classes for license renewal, salary advancement, or to secure a master’s degree.
As art teachers, we all have to stick together. We’re not an afterthought – and we absolutely deserve the highest quality professional development available.
The Art of Education University exists to grow amazing art teachers by providing rigorous, relevant, and engaging learning at every stage of their career.
Jessica R. Balsley
Founder and President
The Art of Education University
P.S. To learn more about the team that makes this institution possible, meet our team now.
Hello, I’m Derek. Founder and Chief Executive Officer at The Art of Education University.
In 2011, my wife Jessica and I founded The Art of Education to improve professional development for K-12 art teachers around the world.
Several years later, when we decided to transform The Art of Education into the world’s only hyper-vertical university exclusively serving art teachers, we began by asking ourselves a series of questions. Questions which helped us envision an entirely new kind of university.
The Art of Education University is a new kind of institution. A “University for Life” which serves a single type of student, over an entire lifetime, with a full spectrum of learning opportunities.
It’s an honor and pleasure to serve alongside the entire AOEU team, today consisting of more than 45 inspiring team members, committed to fulfilling our mission of growing amazing art teachers!
Derek B. Balsley
Founder and CEO
The Art of Education University
P.S. To learn more about the values which underpin this unique institution, take a closer look at our official seal.