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Graduate Credit Information

What type of graduate credits are offered?

Graduate credit is available from The Art of Education University (AOEU) or Morningside College for most courses. Credit type and institution are selected during course enrollment. The accrediting institution chosen at checkout can be changed until the last day of the course. The Art of Education University is unable to change institute type after the course is complete. Please email registrar@theartofeducation.edu to request an institution change prior to the course end date.

Graduate Credit – The Art of Education University
You can elect to take graduate courses through The Art of Education University. AOEU is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC). These courses may be used for license renewal, salary advancement, or the completion of a Master of Arts in Art Education from AOEU.

Graduate Credit – Morningside College
You can elect to take graduate courses through Morningside College, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). These courses may be used for license renewal, salary advancement, or transferred into another accredited degree program, including the Master of Arts in Art Education program at The Art of Education University.

How do I know which type of credit to choose?

States have different requirements for re-licensure, salary advancement, and professional development. Please check with your state’s department of education and your district for guidance.

If you are not sure where to begin, check out our interactive map for details on your state!

Still not sure which to choose? Our Customer Engagement Team can help you figure this out. Please contact help@theartofeducation.edu or 515.293.4283.

Do I need to provide evidence of previous degrees, outside of AOEU?

Yes. All students must have an official transcript sent directly from the issuing institution, documenting an earned bachelor’s degree or higher. 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.

How do I submit an official transcript from a college or university outside of AOEU?

There are two options for sending official transcripts:

  • Digital: The issuing institution can send digital transcripts directly to AOEU’s registrar using the email: 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

What level of graduate credit is available?

Most AOEU courses are 500-level credits. Mission of Teaching and Capstone Research, the final two core courses for the Master of Arts in Art Education program, are 600-level.

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, and 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 department of education to verify this program leads to a 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.

How are the courses graded?

All students earn a letter grade, which is scored based on the rubrics and requirements outlined in the course syllabus. Morningside College and The Art of Education University follow a rigorous academic model of the highest standard for curriculum development and student assessment. See AOEU’s Grading Policy for more details.

What is my grade for the course? How am I doing? 

Students are encouraged to check the online grade book to access grades at any time. Any questions or concerns should be directed to the course instructor. See AOEU’s Grading Policy for more details.

When will I receive my grade?

A Certificate of Completion will be available through AOEU’s Student Records page seven days after the course end date. You will receive an email notification when grades are ready to view. You can log into AOEU’s website to download and print out a copy of your Certificate of Completion (as long as your transcript documenting a bachelor’s degree or higher has been received and processed.) See AOEU’s Grading Policy for more details.

How do I expedite my grades?

Good news – grades are already expedited. In an effort to provide all students with the best experience possible, AOEU expedites all grades by processing them within seven days from the course completion date. Seven days is the fastest grades can be processed. See AOEU’s Grading Policy for more details.

How do I obtain an official transcript?

Graduate Credit – The Art of Education University

Graduate-credit 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 your 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 available seven 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 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 transcript.

Graduate Credit – Morningside College

The final grade and number of credits earned will be indicated on the Certificate of Completion available seven 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.

Can I expedite my transcript?

Graduate Credit – The Art of Education University

In an effort to provide all students with the best experience possible, AOEU expedites all grades by processing them within seven days from the course completion date. Seven days is the fastest grades can be processed. Transcripts may be requested any time after the Certificate of Completion is received. There is an additional processing fee for overnight transcript delivery.

Graduate Credit – Morningside College

Expedited transcripts are available through Morningside College for an additional fee. Please visit https://www.morningside.edu/alumni-and-friends/transcript-information/ for more details.

Can credits earned from AOEU courses be used for continuing education credits toward re-licensure or a lane change (salary advancement) in my school district?

In many cases, yes. Credits earned through AOEU coursework meet the requirements for license renewal or salary advancement. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure prior approval has been obtained by state, district, or employment personnel offices.

Will these classes be accepted through my graduate program?

In many cases, yes. 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 which is widely accepted, but requirements vary.

Who can I contact at Morningside College about AOEU classes?

Carolyn Smith, Professional Development Coordinator
Morningside College
1501 Morningside Avenue
Sioux City, IA 51106
712.274.5475 or 800.831.0806, x 5475


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