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).

Institution Information:

Address518 Main Street, Suite A, Osage, IA 50461
Institution Founded2011
University Established 2018
First Accredited2018
Next Scheduled Accreditation Review2021
Founder & CEODerek B. Balsley
Founder & PresidentJessica R. Balsley
Chief Academic OfficerDr. Sarah Ackermann

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 AOE."

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: [email protected]