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Grading Policy

Grade Point Average (GPA)

The Art of Education University uses the following 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 page.

Grading Scale

Letter GradePercentageGPA
A90-100%4.0
B80-89%3.0
C70-79%2.0
D60-69%1.0
FBelow 60%0.0

Grading Requirements

  • Master’s degree students must earn a B (80%) or higher, or a minimum of a 3.0 GPA, upon completion of each course to earn graduate credit toward program completion.
  • Graduate students must earn a B (80%) or higher at the completion of each course to earn graduate credit.

Course Repeat Policy

All students may repeat a course to earn a better grade. In order to repeat a course, all applicable fees and tuition must be paid. All course attempts will be included in the official transcript. Only the most recent grade will factor into the student’s GPA. Students who earn a C (79%) or less in a given course or who receive a final grade of W (withdrawal) two times in a course must retake the course to proceed in the degree program in accordance with the Academic Probation Policy 

Academic Probation

Master’s degree students must earn a B (80%) or higher, or a minimum of a 3.0 GPA, upon completion of each course to earn graduate credit toward program completion. Master’s degree students earning a C (79%) or less on program courses or who withdraw from a specific course two times will be placed on academic probation until the course is retaken with an earned grade of 80% or higher. In order to repeat a course, all applicable fees and tuition must be paid.

Evaluation Method

Students are expected to submit assignments by the due date and participate in all discussions. Posts and peer responses will be evaluated by the instructor using the course rubric and assignment guidelines. Students are encouraged to work on assignments in their numerical order. 

Grade Book

Ongoing course grades are posted in the LMS grade book and can be accessed by students at any time. It is the student’s responsibility to check the online grade book frequently. Students are encouraged to check for accuracy and contact the course instructor with specific questions or concerns about any given assignment.

Note: The LMS online grade book does not serve as an official transcript.

Certificate of Course Completion

Official certificates of completion are available to students who have submitted an official transcript confirming an earned bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited institution and completed their course. Once a student’s file is complete, a certificate of completion can be downloaded from the student’s course records page. Certificates of completion are available 10 days after the course end date. Students will receive an email notification when their certificate of completion becomes available for download.

Submission of Transcripts

There are two options for sending official transcripts:

  • Digital: The issuing institution can email digital transcripts directly to AOEU’s registrar transcripts@theartofeducation.edu
  • Hard copy: The issuing institution can mail your official transcript directly to AOEU’s registrar at The Art of Education University, Attention: Registrar, 518 Main St. Suite A, Osage, IA 50461

Once official documentation of an earned bachelor’s degree or higher has been received and reviewed, AOEU course records will be available to current and future students.

Transcript Request

Students may request an official paper or electronic transcript when the certificate of completion is available. Students can request official transcripts in their AOEU account by selecting “Request Official Transcripts” on the Records page. 

The Art of Education University

Individual Courses: There is a $10 charge for each requested paper transcript and a $6 charge for each requested electronic transcript.

Master’s Degree Program: Graduates receive a complimentary official transcript with their diploma. Additional transcripts are $10 and can be requested at any time after program completion. Additional processing fees apply for overnight transcript delivery.

Change of Grade and Grade Appeal Procedure

A student may appeal the grade for an individual assignment and/or final course.

If a student feels a grade is an unfair representation of their achievement, the student should first contact the instructor. If the outcome of this correspondence is unsatisfactory, the student should contact the Dean of Instruction at deanofinstruction@theartofeducation.edu, who will discuss the issue with the instructor. The student will receive a response within five business days of filing the complaint.

Graduate Credit – The Art of Education University

Acceptance of Transfer Credit Disclosure

The Art of Education University cannot guarantee credits will be accepted as transfer credit at another institution. Students are advised to check with the degree-granting school, state, or district to verify the credits will be accepted for license renewal, salary advancement, or use in another degree program.

Acceptance of Program Disclosure

It is the responsibility of the student to check with their state’s Department of Education to verify this program leads to the desired pay raise or change in certification status. No internship is included in this program. The degree is not designed to lead to licensure or teaching credential.

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

Course Grading

All students earn a letter grade, which is scored based on the rubrics and requirements outlined in the course syllabus. The Art of Education University follows a rigorous academic model of the highest standard for curriculum development and student assessment. Students are encouraged to check the online grade book within the learning management system to access grades at any time. Any questions or concerns should be directed to the course instructor.

Grading Timelines

A certificate of course completion will be available through AOEU’s student records page 10 days after the course end date. Students will receive an email notification when grades are ready to view. They can log into AOEU’s website to download and print out a copy of their certificate of completion as long as their transcript documenting a bachelor’s degree or higher has been received and processed.

Official Transcripts

The Art of Education University

Students may request an official paper or electronic transcript once a notification of a certificate of completion is received. To request an official transcript:

  1. Log into the AOEU account.
  2. Select “Records.”
  3. Select “Request Official Transcript” (bottom of the page).

Individual Courses: The final grade and number of credits earned will be indicated on the certificate of completion, which is available 10 days after the course end date. The certificate of completion can be downloaded from the student records page on the AOEU website. Once official certificates of completion have been received, students may request an official paper or electronic transcript by selecting the “Request Official Transcript” button on the bottom of the records page. There is a $10 charge for each requested paper transcript and a $6 charge for each requested electronic transcript. 

Master’s Degree Program: Upon successful completion of the master’s degree program, all graduates receive a complimentary official transcript with their diploma. Additional transcripts can be requested at any time after program completion. There is a $10 charge for each requested paper transcript and a $6 charge for each electronic transcript.

Morningside College

The final grade and number of credits earned will be indicated on the certificate of completion, which is available 10 days after the course end date.

The certificate of completion can be downloaded from the student records page on the AOEU website. Once official grade reports have been received, students may request an official paper or electronic transcript by selecting the “Request Official Transcript” button on the bottom of the records page. There is a $7.50 charge for each requested transcript.

Morningside College

Expedited transcripts are available through Morningside College for an additional fee. Visit https://www.morningside.edu/alumni/professional-development/transcripts/ for more details.

Transfer Credit Acceptance

Students seeking to transfer graduate credits to a graduate program at another institution are advised to obtain prior approval from said institution, documenting that AOEU courses will be accepted and count toward the desired degree. Up to nine AOEU credits will transfer as an elective to any program inside Morningside College. Morningside College credits carry Higher Learning Commission accreditation.


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