Frequently Asked Questions

There are many questions to answer on your path to your master’s degree. We’ve compiled answers to the most common to help guide you through the process.

How much does the degree cost?

The total cost for the degree program, including all tuition and fees and individual credit costs, can be viewed on Tuition and Fees. You can pay for the degree in full or purchase one course at a time.

Some courses have required textbooks and/or materials. Click here to see the estimated cost for each course.

How many credits is the program?

The Master of Arts in Art Education is a 36-credit program. It includes 15 elective credits. This gives you a chance to customize your learning and focus on what really interests you! View all courses here.

I’ve taken AOEU courses before. Will they transfer?

You may be able to transfer in up to 18 graduate credit hours from AOEU courses taken through Morningside as long as the following conditions are met:

  • You earned 80% or higher in the applicable courses.
  • The course title and number of credits match current AOEU course offerings.

For detailed information, refer to the Transfer Credit Policy.

What are the required core courses?

There are six core courses for a total of 21 credits. The 500-level core courses are:
Assessment in Art Education (3 cr.)
Designing Your Art Curriculum (3 cr.)
Instructional Strategies for Art Teachers (3 cr.)
Managing the Art Room (3 cr.)

After completing all 500-level core and elective courses, you’ll move on to the 600-level core courses:
Mission of Teaching (3 cr.)
Capstone Research (6 cr.)

What are the elective courses?

AOEU has a variety of elective courses to choose from, making the program highly customizable to each student’s unique goals. Whether you’re interested in studio art, differentiating for all learners, or integrating more technology, there is a broad selection of offerings to fulfill your 15 elective credits.

Once enrolled, your academic advisor can help you determine what courses are best aligned with your interests.

How long will the degree program take?

AOEU’s degree is designed to be flexible, so you can plan a program that makes sense for your unique situation. We recommend a two-year timeline so you can complete your coursework at a steady pace. However, if you’re able to double up on courses, you have the opportunity to complete the degree in as little as one year. 

Once you’re enrolled in the program, your academic advisor can help you plan your degree timeline.

For more information, connect with Admissions.

Do you offer financial aid?

Most AOEU students choose to pay-as-they-go. It’s convenient and affordable, and you can budget the monthly amount to pay out of pocket. Other students leverage district funds. If you want to complete the degree faster than you’re able to pay out of pocket, you can secure a private educational loan. There are several options, but at this time, The Art of Education University does not participate in federal financial aid programs.

For more information about paying for your degree, visit our financial aid page.

How do I apply?

The application process includes components that showcase your credentials and background, including a short writing sample and a mini-portfolio with four images and descriptions. For more information about the process and specific application requirements, click here.

You can skip around and complete the steps in any order and submit the application at any time.

For detailed information, refer to the Admissions Policy.

Is AOEU accredited?

Yes! The Art of Education University is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC). The DEAC is listed by the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) as a recognized accrediting agency. The DEAC is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). For more information about accreditation, click here.

How do I find out if AOEU’s master’s degree will work for me?

Every state has different requirements. We’ve outlined the major requirements by state for the degree program and course offerings. You can find this information on our interactive map

Have questions that we haven’t answered? Connect with an admissions counselor or call 515.236.5050

For general inquiries, email or call 515.293.4283