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Admissions Policy


All students are required to submit official transcripts documenting a conferred bachelor’s degree or higher from an appropriately accredited institution, confirm or demonstrate English language proficiency, and review and sign an enrollment agreement to confirm receipt of AOEU’s course expectations and policies. 

Official Transcripts

Transcripts must be sent to The Art of Education University directly from the issuing institution. The preferred method for sending official transcripts is electronically to transcripts@theartofeducation.edu

If the student is unable to request electronic transcripts, the institution can send them by mail. It may take 4-6 weeks to receive and process transcripts mailed to:

Attn: Registrar
The Art of Education University
518 Main St. Suite A 
Osage, IA 50461

Master’s Degree Application

The application is designed to showcase students’ professional qualifications, their passion for art education, and their ability to succeed in a master’s level program. All components are submitted through the electronic application. Details and requirements are included in the application.

All applicants must submit official transcripts documenting a conferred bachelor’s degree or higher. Admissions questions may be directed to admissions@theartofeducation.edu or 515.236.5050.

Application Review

Review begins when the application and official transcripts are on file. Applicants are notified of program acceptance status via email. Denied applicants may reapply to be considered again for acceptance. All fees apply.

Program Enrollment

Accepted candidates must review and sign the enrollment agreement to officially enroll in the program. This document stays on file and serves as the agreement for the duration of the degree program. Students can access the enrollment agreement at any time in their online account. As indicated on the enrollment agreement, AOEU reserves the right to change tuition, policies, and fees for future terms. The university will provide written notification of substantive changes no later than 90 days prior to the effective change date.

Tuition Requirements and School Purchase Order Collections

Full payment is required from individual students before they can officially enroll in a course. Prospective students may pay electronically. Other payment options include:

  1. Pay with a school/organization-issued credit card.
  2. Pay with a school/organization purchase order (PO)*.
  3. Pay with a private loan.

*Each school/organization processes purchase orders differently. At the time of checkout, students will be asked to enter their assigned PO number as well as a copy of the purchase order. For more information, or if the school/organization does not provide a PO number, contact us at 515.293.4283 or help@theartofeducation.edu.

Note: AOEU is not responsible for any student unable to secure reimbursement. AOEU is not responsible for any organization unable to secure reimbursement for their student.

Note: An administrator cannot register a student for courses. The student must sign the enrollment agreement.

Educational Loans

AOEU students are encouraged to borrow responsibly. The Art of Education University does not have a preferred lender list or recommend any lenders. Some degree-seeking students have found success working with Climb Credit.

Interest rate is fixed. 

This means that once the rate

 is determined, it will not vary 

during the term of the loan.

Students pay principal + interest 

payment starting 1 month after the 

loan is funded, therefore there is 

no payment grace period.

Fees Required:  Yes

Origination Fee:  5.00% of financed amount

Late Charge:  $15 or 5% of the past due payment, whichever is less.

Insufficient Funds Charge:  $20 for each payment returned or unpaid.

*The interest rate may be higher or lower than your Annual Percentage Rate (APR) because the APR considers certain fees to obtain this loan and the interest rate.

Code of Conduct

Federal Loans

The Art of Education University does not participate in federal financial aid. Federal loans are funded by the U.S. Department of Education.

International Students

International Transcripts and Transfer Credit Evaluation

An applicant who has completed secondary/university-level courses outside of the United States must have their transcripts evaluated for United States equivalency. Copies of the evaluations must be sent to AOEU directly from the evaluation agency. Foreign transcript evaluations are accepted from any agency that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (www.naces.org) or the Association of International Credential Evaluators (www.aice-eval.org). Additional questions may be directed to registrar@theartofeducation.edu or 515.236.5094.

English Proficiency

Online coursework at The Art of Education University requires graduate-level reading and writing. Applicants who are not fluent in English must upload documentation of passing English language proficiency scores at the time of enrollment. Students may be withdrawn from individual courses and the master’s degree program if they can not meet the requirements of graduate-level coursework. 

Passing scores from acceptable services are outlined below:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
    – Destination Institution Code: B814
    – A score of 7i or above on the iBT
    – A score of 60 or above on the PBT
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
    – A score of 6.5 or above
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic)
    – A score of 50 or above
  • Duolingo English Test
  •  -A score of 100

Additional questions may be directed to registrar@theartofeducation.edu or 515.236.5094.


Required documentation of English language proficiency may be waived if the student earned a degree from an institution where English was the principle language of instruction.

Acceptance of Program Disclosure

The Art of Education University cannot guarantee employment or promotion as a result of participating in this master’s degree program.

It is the responsibility of the student to check with their district and/or state’s Department of Education to verify that this program leads to the desired outcomes. No internship is included in this program. The degree is not designed to lead to licensure or teaching credential.

If you have specific questions or concerns not addressed here, contact help@theartofeducation.edu for clarification.