Frequently Asked Questions – Admissions Page

How much does the degree cost?

The total cost for the degree program – including all tuition and fees – is $13,314. You can pay for the degree in full or purchase one course at a time.

Some courses have required textbooks and/or materials. Click here to see the estimated cost for each course.

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How many credits is the program?

The Master of Arts in Art Education is a 36-credit program. It includes 15 elective credits. This gives you a chance to customize your learning and focus on what really interests you!

I’ve taken AOE courses before. Will they transfer?

You can transfer up to 18 graduate credit hours from AOE courses taken through Morningside as long as the following conditions are met:

  • You earned 80% or higher.
  • Courses were completed within five years of the program acceptance date.
  • The course title and number of credits match current AOEU course offerings.

For detailed information, refer to the Transfer Credit Policy.

What are the required core courses?

There are six core courses for a total of 21 credits. The 500-level core courses are:
Assessment in Art Education (3 cr.)
Designing Your Art Curriculum (3 cr.)
Instructional Strategies for Art Teachers (3 cr.)
Managing the Art Room (3 cr.)

After completing all 500-level core and elective courses, you’ll move on to the 600-level core courses:
Mission of Teaching (3 cr.)
Capstone Research (6 cr.)

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What are the elective courses?

AOEU has a variety of elective courses to choose from, making the program highly customizable to each student’s unique goals. Whether you’re interested in studio art, differentiating for all learners, or integrating more technology, there is a broad selection of offerings to fulfill your 15 elective credits.

Once enrolled, your Academic Advisor can help you determine what courses are best aligned with your interests.

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How long will the degree program take?

AOEU’s degree is designed to be flexible, so you can plan a program that makes sense for your unique situation. We recommend a two-year timeline so you can complete your coursework at a steady pace. However, if you’re able to double up on courses, you have the opportunity to complete the degree in as little as one year. If you prefer a slower pace, take the full five years.

Once you’re enrolled in the program, your Academic Advisor can help you plan your degree timeline.

For more information, connect with Admissions.

Do you offer financial aid?

At this time, AOEU does not participate in any federal financial aid programs. Rolling enrollment gives you the ability to pay for individual courses. Paired with AOEU’s flexible timelines, you can pace our coursework and pay out-of-pocket as it makes sense with your finances.

For more information about paying for your degree, contact an Admissions Counselor.

How do I apply?

You can apply online here.

The application process includes several components that showcase your credentials and background, including a video introduction, a resume/CV, a short writing sample, and a mini-portfolio with ten images and descriptions. For more information about the process and specific application requirements, click here.

You can skip around and complete the steps in any order, and submit the application at any time.

Is AOEU accredited?

Yes! The Art of Education University is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC). The DEAC is listed by the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) as a recognized accrediting agency. The DEAC is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). For more information about accreditation, click here.

How do I find out if AOEU’s master’s degree will work for me?

Every state has different requirements. We’ve outlined the major requirements by state for the degree program and course offerings. You can find this information on our interactive map

Have questions that we haven’t answered? Connect with an Admissions Counselor or call 515.236.5050
For general inquiries, email [email protected] or call 515.293.4283