Thrive Together at AOEU

Cultivate your teaching journey with a supportive community of art educators by your side. As art teachers, we understand the power of creativity, and now, it’s time to harness that power together.


  • Access to outstanding faculty who are experts in art education.
  • A diverse and supportive community of fellow art educators.
  • Flexible online learning that fits your schedule.
  • Exciting referral program – When you enroll with a friend you each will receive a $50 BLICK Art Supplies e-gift card!*
  • Flexible tuition payment options that allow you to register now and pay over time (course must be paid in full by the first day of class).

An Online University Where You Belong

Discover what it means to Thrive Together at AOEU where your global art educator community is 3,500 students strong, and growing.

With more than 30 graduate courses and two degree programs created for art teachers by art teachers, you can achieve professional goals and experience the AOEU difference: online learning that’s engaging, meaningful, and optimized for license renewal and salary advancement. Connect with art teachers for collective growth and inspiration, and you’ll know you’re exactly where you belong.

Take a deep dive into exciting topics in art education over 8 weeks. Learn new studio techniques or brush up on your pedagogical skill set. It’s your journey so make the most of it! Explore your passions, and excel as an art educator.

Only have a few weeks to spare? Jump into a 3-week, 1-credit offering that will set the stage for success.

Intentional Curriculum Design

January | february | March

Learn best practices for time-saving curriculum design using lessons of your choice.

Master’s Programs Tailored to You

Select from two degree programs tailored to your journey as an art educator, whether it’s the online Master of Arts in Art Education (MAAE) or the Master of Education in Curriculum & Instruction (MEd), both are designed to enhance your skills and career with relevant strategies. By earning your Master’s, you’ll be empowered to instigate positive, creative change in your classroom, career, and beyond, all while thriving together with a supportive educator community.

Michelle Mitchell

Master’s Student TX

The resources and assignments in this course prepared me to incorporate more art history in my classroom on a regular basis. I realized that art history doesn’t have to be stand-alone lessons. [It] can be part of everyday learning in the art classroom. I am excited to implement the lessons I created in this course.

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Jessica Madenford

Master’s Degree Alumni PA

The Art of Education University has led me on a transformational journey in my profession as an art educator and teacher-leader. The entire AOEU community has become my circle of mentors, guiding me to places inside myself that I never knew existed. Through my learning, growth, and connection with other AOEU students, I have flourished.

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Owen Curtsinger

Master’s Degree Student TX

[Assessment in Art Education] was extremely relevant and helped organize the nuts and bolts of my teaching and assessment experience into manageable strategies while presenting some new concepts to strive for.

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Jennie Drummond

Master’s Degree Alumni CA

I’m a better educator, better artist, and better advocate and activist because of my experience getting my Master of Arts degree through AOEU.

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Kim Ziebold

Master’s Degree Alumni OH

I really learned a lot in [Art Therapy for Art Teachers] and am excited to bring a whole new level to teaching in implementing social-emotional learning to help my students’ well-being.

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Kelly Knips

Master’s Degree Alumni MN

I am happy to end [Designing Your Art Curriculum] with a working document that will help me to teach my class and write more curricula for other courses.

Faculty Who Understand Your Journey

You deserve faculty who can connect to your unique experiences and needs as an art teacher. All 50+ AOEU faculty have practical art room experience, so they can relate to your experiences and are passionate about helping you achieve your goals. Through engaging assignments and stimulating discussion, you’ll leave class with knowledge that can be applied in your art room.

Let’s Talk—Art Teacher to Art Teacher

Connect with admissions for more information to plan your Spring Term and beyond.

More Opportunities to Connect & Create

Professional development shouldn’t be one-size-fits-all. PRO caters exclusively to art teachers with relevant arts team training, on-demand tutorials, and resources. Explore new interests and sharpen existing skills as an artist and educator.

Create and connect at the virtual NOW Conference. NOW brings thousands of art teachers together to share current trends in art education that can be applied in the art room. Chat with fellow educators, tune in to live events, and relive the experience with the After Pass.

*To each receive a $50 BLICK e-gift card, both applicants must meet the following requirements:
1. Sign the program enrollment agreement between November 1 and December 31, 2023.
2. Enroll in a 3-credit course for January 2024, February 2024, or March 2024.
3. Pass their first 3-credit course term with an earned 80% or higher by April 15, 2024.
Gift cards have no cash value and are not transferable. Limit of two $50 gift cards per year per applicant. E-gift cards will be mailed within one month of the first term end date. Applicants are not guaranteed acceptance to the program.