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Accreditation You Can Trust

The Art of Education University is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC). The Distance Education Accrediting Commission is listed by the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) as a recognized accrediting agency. The Distance Education Accrediting Commission is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

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An Amazing Degree, Available Worldwide

The Master of Arts in Art Education from The Art of Education University is available worldwide. Our compliance department researched requirements for the United States. Click the state map to learn more.

Institution Information:

Address518 Main Street, Suite A, Osage, IA 50461
Website www.theartofeducation.edu
Institution Founded2011
University Established 2018
First Accredited2018
Next Scheduled Accreditation Review2026
Founder & CEODerek B. Balsley
Founder & PresidentJessica R. Balsley
Chief Academic OfficerDr. Cheryl Hayek

What do AOEU students really think?

The Art of Education University is a grassroots institution built by art teachers, for art teachers. To better understand how truly remarkable our coursework and programs are, look no further than the opinion of our students!


"I achieved my learning goals."


"I would recommend this course to a friend."


"I am satisfied with my studies at AOEU."

University Mission and Objectives


The home for amazing art teachers.


We grow amazing art teachers by providing rigorous, relevant, and engaging learning at every stage of their career.

University Objectives

  • To employ the best art teachers and art education thought-leaders in the world, while also supporting team members in ongoing learning and development.
  • To facilitate rigorous, relevant and engaging professional development to practicing art educators through a variety of learning opportunities.
  • To continue to develop and strengthen course and program offerings based on modern pedagogy, while also monopolizing upon excellent internally-created resources as well as content experts.

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For additional accreditation information, please contact:

Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC)
1601 18th Street NW, Suite 2
Washington, DC 20009
Phone: (202) 234-5100
Email: info@deac.org


Regional Partnership

If you need graduate credit that is regionally accredited, class participants can take AOEU courses through our educational partner Morningside University. If you’re unsure of your state’s requirements, click here to learn more.

Morningside is a fully accredited and nationally recognized institution for higher education and maintains a 500-level degree accreditation through the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), a highly trusted independent organization that accredits degree-granting post-secondary educational institutions.

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Graduate Credit Courses

Courses may be used for license renewal, salary advancement or may be transferred into another accredited graduate degree program as semester hour credit. Check with your program/district to ensure transferability; AOEU cannot guarantee credits will be accepted as transfer credit at another institution.

You do not need to be a Morningside student to take AOEU partner classes.

Visit Morningside’s partner page for more information about their accreditation and partnership with AOEU. Only Graduate credit courses are eligible to receive official transcripts through Morningside University upon request.