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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 a wide variety of 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. 


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. In extenuating circumstances, 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. 

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.

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.

Course Repeat Policy

Students’ satisfactory academic progress is impacted when they earn a C (79%) or withdrawal from a course. Students may repeat a course to earn a better grade or replace a withdrawal (W). All course attempts, including withdrawals, will be included on the student record. Only the most recent grade will factor into the student’s GPA. 

In order to repeat a course, students must be in good financial standing and pay all applicable fees and tuition for courses being repeated. A maximum of 2 attempts per course is permitted without permission or penalty. Drops and cancellations do not count as course attempts. 

Any further attempts must be approved by the dean. Students who wish to appeal the 2 attempt maximum should work with their advisor and seek approval from the dean. The dean will review the student record in full, including SAP status, past course grades, and assignment submissions from past course attempts. Students who attempt a course beyond the 2 maximum attempts are subject to the academic probation policy. Students who are not approved 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 may then order an official transcript.

Students can download an unofficial transcript or document demonstrating course completion 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 when the certificate of completion is available. These requests are processed within two business days.

Religious Observances

AOEU will reasonably accommodate the religious observances of individual students in regard to 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 course work 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.