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Grading Policy

Grading Scale and Grade Point Average (GPA)

The Art of Education University uses a grading scale to compute grade point averages and assign grades. Transfer credits are not included in the GPA. Master’s degree students can view their GPA in their AOEU account on the Manage My Degree tab.

Grading Scale

Letter GradePercentageGPA
FBelow 60%0.0

Course Grading Requirements

Students must earn a final grade of B (80%) or higher, or a minimum of a 3.0 GPA, to earn graduate credit for coursework to count toward program completion.

Evaluation Method

AOEU coursework incorporates various assessments to demonstrate learning, including, but not limited to, quizzes, written papers and reflections, action plans, portfolios, and creative assignments. All assessments are aligned to course learning objectives and mapped to program learning outcomes. Instructors use course rubrics and assignment guidelines to evaluate learning and provide feedback. 

The Capstone Entrance Exam is graded by faculty using a standardized rubric. A passing grade is required to enroll in 600-level coursework. Students who do not pass must retake the exam.


Most courses are asynchronous with weekly due dates but no required login times. Capstone Research requirements include several synchronous activities to plan and present the final capstone project. All other courses are asynchronous. See the Course Participation Policy for more information.

Assignment Extensions

AOEU instructors will work with students to set reasonable extensions (an agreed-upon time frame by both the instructor and student) for assignments when unforeseen situations arise. To qualify for an extension, students must reach out to their instructor at least 24 hours before a deadline to communicate their inability to complete the assignment on time. Point deductions will not occur for prearranged and instructor-approved extensions. Point deductions will occur if the instructor is notified less than  24 hours before the due date or after the assignment is due.

Proctored Examinations

Throughout a student’s program of study, assessments from select courses will be proctored. Proctored exams are required and serve as an additional identity verification process to ensure academic integrity and meet accreditation requirements. Students are required to identify themselves with a valid, government-issued photo ID. 

Proctored exam information and requirement rules are provided in each course where a proctored exam is required. Taking proctored exams is mandatory, without exception, and is not subject for appeal. Failure to successfully complete the proctored exam will result in administrative action, per the Academic Integrity Policy. 

Students must meet the requirements of the Technology Policy and the directions outlined in the course LMS to complete proctored exams.

Course Incompletes

All work must be completed by the course end date, regardless of individual assignment extensions given within the course timeframe. An instructor may grant a course incomplete of no more than seven days beyond the course end date. Incompletes are granted only for extenuating, unpredictable, life-altering circumstances. Documentation may be requested. Incompletes will not be granted for time management or technical issues to provide a student more time to complete a course. 

To request an incomplete, students must contact the course instructor prior to the course end date and provide details for the request aligned with the Course Incompletes policy. Documentation may be requested. Requesting an incomplete does not guarantee one will be granted.

If an incomplete is granted, a student may submit the work agreed upon with the faculty to the course LMS within the seven-day period. A final grade will be calculated based on the work submitted at the end of the seven-day period. Unsubmitted work will be calculated as a “0” in the final grade.

Course Repeat Policy

A student may repeat a Withdrawn (W) course or course with an earned grade below 80% only once unless special circumstances are documented and approved by the Dean of Graduate Studies. Students should work with their advisor and submit an appeal via email for a third course attempt to the Dean of Graduate Studies. 

If the student submits an appeal, the dean will review the student record in full, including but not limited to SAP status, past course grades, financial standing, and assignment submissions from past course attempts. Pending a review of the appeal, the student may be required to submit documentation of extenuating circumstances to justify an additional attempt. If the appeal is approved, the student will be allowed another attempt to pass the course. The student must pay all relevant tuition and fees for repeating the course and is subject to the Academic Probation Policy. Appeals that are not approved and students who do not pass upon their third attempt may be administratively withdrawn from the program. 

Per the Academic Integrity Policy, coursework submitted for a repeated course assignment is presumed to be original work not previously submitted in another course, including withdrawn courses, without prior written approval from the instructor.

Grade Processing and Timeline

Final grades are posted on the student’s records page ten calendar days after the course end date. 

Students can download an unofficial transcript or order an official transcript as soon as final grades are posted. 

Appealing a Grade

Students may appeal a final course grade within 20 days after the course grade is posted to the student record. Students may appeal an exam grade within seven days after the exam grade is posted to the student record. See the Student Complaint and Grievance Policy for details on how to file an appeal.

Transcript Request

Students may request an official transcript through the student portal. Requests are processed within two business days. 

Religious Observances

AOEU will reasonably accommodate the religious observances of individual students regarding due dates and course requirements. Religious observance includes all aspects of religious observance, practice, and belief. To request accommodation, students shall provide instructors with at least one week’s notice of the date or dates they will observe a religious holiday. Students may work ahead of the deadline or request an assignment extension not to exceed one week. Religious observance does not relieve students from responsibility for any part of the coursework required during the period of absence.

Additional policy information may be found in the current edition of the Graduate Catalog

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