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Application Help Center

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

We recommend that all applicants check the state map or talk to an admissions counselor to ensure the Master of Arts in art education program will help them reach their professional goals.

We’re here to help. ❤️

Tips for Creating Your Application

Game Plan

Make a Game Plan

Get support and resources from your dedicated Admissions Counselor to help build the timeline that works for you.


Develop Your Writing Sample

Learn how to outline and draft a professionally written explanation of your “why.”


Curate Your Micro-Portfolio

Ideas for a well-rounded collection of images for your micro-portfolio.

Application FAQ

How long does applying take?

It takes most students a week or so to gather all the pieces, but the application itself should only take a couple of hours. Most of what we ask for you already know or have on hand. The writing sample is an opportunity to express 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 year-round, and new students start the program every month. To begin during any given month, submit your application by the 20th of the previous month. We take this time to review your application 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 will expire after 60 days.

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 and get a head start on your degree before you hear back about your application.

What should I include in my micro-portfolio? 

Your micro-portfolio can include anything that shows your work as an artist or educator. You could provide images of your classroom, students in the artmaking process, your artwork or student work, displays—anything you’re proud of. Make sure your images are clear and well-lit!

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

No worries—this will be a quick write-up. 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 make 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 possible we already have them. Send an email to registrar@theartofeducation.edu.

How long will it take 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.

Start Your Application

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