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Transfer Credit Policy

Complete the Transfer Credit Request form to request an evaluation of courses from outside institutions. For an initial evaluation, course details and an unofficial transcript are required. The registrar will provide a response via email to confirm transfer credit acceptance or denial. 

An official transcript documenting the culminating coursework and grade is required for final processing. Accepted coursework will display on the student’s course records page once processed. Questions concerning transfer credits should be directed to the registrar at registrar@theartofeducation.edu or 515.236.5094.

Transfer Credit Requirements

Prospective students are responsible for reporting previously attended colleges and universities for which they wish to have earned credits evaluated for transfer into The Art of Education University’s degree program. If a student does not disclose earned credit from a previously attended college or university prior to program enrollment, they risk taking courses for which they otherwise may have received credit and will not be issued a refund. 

All transfer credit requests are reviewed by faculty evaluators and the Office of the Registrar. The Dean of Curriculum and Instruction determines the final decision regarding transfer credit appeals. The Art of Education University does not guarantee transfer credit acceptance without prior approval. 

External coursework may be considered for elective transfer credit if all of the following conditions are met:

  • Coursework is graduate-level (500-level or above). Continuing education credit is not eligible for transfer. 
  • Coursework was completed at an appropriately accredited institution within the past five years.
  • Graduate-level coursework completed at The Art of Education University that is over five years old will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis for currency when applied toward program completion
  • The final grade earned for each potential transfer course is a B or higher.
  • Coursework does not duplicate, overlap, or regress previous work or core course requirements.
  • Coursework did not count toward undergraduate graduation requirements.
  • Coursework taken at another institution must be comparable to an AOEU course’s objectives, program learning outcomes, and educational level for their declared degree program. 
  • No more than nine semester credit hours will be accepted for transfer as electives.
  • AOEU courses taken through Morningside University have a one-to-one course equivalency with AOEU courses. No more than 50% of the program credits may be accepted for transfer credit as long as they meet the above requirements. 

Accepted coursework will display on the student’s course records page once processed.

Residency Requirement

Students enrolled in degree programs must complete a minimum of 50% of the degree program credit hours with The Art of Education University as the institution of record. Coursework taken through The Art of Education University with a partner institution of record appears as transfer credits on the official transcript. Transfer credits do not count toward the residency requirement.

Non-matriculated Coursework

Individual courses taken through The Art of Education University prior to program enrollment are subject to the transfer credit policy. A maximum of 18 credit hours may be completed prior to enrolling in the master’s degree. 

All non-matriculated courses are reviewed by the Office of the Registrar. The Dean of Enrollment Services makes the final decision regarding non-matriculated course transferability appeals.

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 credit acceptance.

University Partnership

The Art of Education University partners with Morningside University. Morningside administration reviews materials course-by-course to determine acceptable course equivalency at Morningside. Equivalent Morningside course codes are included on the course landing page. Upon registration, students may select AOEU or Morningside. This selection dictates the school of record for the course transcript. Once a course grade has been earned, a student can no longer change the registered university. Note: Morningside University is accredited through the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).


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.