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Application Help Center

Your application gives you an opportunity to showcase your professional accomplishments, your passion for art education, and your unique personality! The resources compiled here should get you moving in the right direction.

We recommend all applicants check the state map or talk to an admissions counselor to ensure the Master of Arts in Art Education program will help you reach your professional goals.

We’re here to help. ❤️

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Application FAQ

How long does it take? 

It takes most students a week or so to get all the pieces together, but overall the application should only take you a couple of hours! Most of the things we ask for you already know or have on hand. The writing sample is an opportunity to get clear about your passion and goals. And your micro-portfolio can be created from all the great things you have going on in your classroom right now!

When is the application deadline? 

There is no deadline for applications. We accept them all year because new students are starting the program every month! If you want to begin next month, have your application submitted by the 20th. We need time to review it and get you enrolled in your first course.

Do I have to complete my application in one sitting?

You can save your application and come back to it later. It never expires!

Can I take a course while I work on my application? 

Absolutely. A lot of students take a course or two prior to enrolling in the degree. This is a great way to build your repertoire for the application or to get started on your degree before you hear back about your application!

What should I include in my micro-portfolio? 

The micro-portfolio can show us anything that has to do with your work as an artist or educator. You can show images of your classroom, student work, your artwork, displays, students working… anything that you’re proud of. Make sure your images are clear and well lit!

I haven’t written a paper for a long time. What does my writing sample need to contain? 

You’re not alone. Your writing sample should cover two topics: why art education is important and why you want to earn a master’s degree. Stay focused on the topics, keep it between 1-2 pages, and be sure it’s free of spelling and grammatical errors.

Where do I send my transcripts?

Transcripts need to be sent directly from the issuing institution. You can have them sent electronically or by mail. 

Electronic: transcripts@theartofeducation.edu

By mail: The Art of Education University, Attn:  Registrar

518 Main Street, Suite A

Osage, IA 50461

I already sent my transcripts. Why aren’t they showing on my application? 

It’s very possible we already have them! Send an email to registrar@theartofeducation.edu, including how you sent them (electronically or by mail), the institution they are from, and your last name that appears on the transcripts. Sometimes they come under a former last name.

How long will it take for me to hear back? 

We have a dedicated team of application reviewers because we know that waiting is the hardest part! You’ll hear back from us within 7 days (but probably sooner!).

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The application process is just like the program, designed to reflect and support your work as an artist and educator.