Available Classes

As an art teacher you often get the short end of the stick when it comes to professional development. Many art teachers are forced to sit through PD that’s boring, impractical, and completely irrelevant to the art room.

No longer.

The Art of Education offers a wide variety of fully-accredited online classes for Art Teachers – designed by Art Teachers. This means that you take an AOE Class you’re not getting the same old professional development your district puts on, or even classes you’d get through a general Master’s program.

Instead you’ll be getting top-notch Ridiculously Relevant™ course material that you can apply directly to your classroom. These classes are highly engaging, fun, educational, and best of all, you can complete them in your spare time at night or on the weekends.

  • 2 Credit Course = 4 weeks from start date
  • 3 Credit Course = 5 weeks from start date
  • 3 Credit Studio Course = 8 weeks from start date

On September 10, 2015 AOE Introduced a first-of-their-kind series of online studio classes just for art teachers. Finally – hands-on graduate classes you can take from the comfort of home! Learn more here.










Course Schedules

If you’d like to take an AOE Class, please register and pay no later than the 1st day of the month your class takes place. For example, if you are taking a class in July, then your registration/payment deadline would be July 1st. Due to overwhelming demand, classes sometimes fill early – so register early if possible. For a complete list of our Class Enrollment Policies, click here.

Each AOE Class begins on the 1st day of the month in which it runs. 2-credit courses run for 4 weeks, 3-credit courses run for 5 weeks, and 3-credit studio courses run for 8 weeks.

The course schedule below shows you which classes are available in a particular month. If you’d like to see all the available dates for a specific class instead, please select the class you’re interested in above.











Our educational partner, Morningside College (Sioux City, Iowa), a highly accredited and nationally recognized institution for quality professional development opportunities, provides AOE’s top-tier degree level accreditation through the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

This high level of accreditation means that your AOE credits can be used for license renewal, salary advancement, or confidently transferred to a graduate degree program of your choice (check with your program to ensure transferability).

Virtually all school districts and universities accept credit from The Art of Education through our partnership with Morningside College. Graduate credits are usually universally accepted for license certification and pay scale advances.

Visit the AOE/Morningside Partner Page for more information on our educational partnership.






So, what does it cost? Our online classes for Art Teachers are VERY reasonably priced.  Even though we’re providing you with far more interesting and relevant classes than what you’re used to, the price is the same or less than most other institutions out there.

Our graduate level courses (with accreditation through Morningside College) are $250 per credit. If you’re taking the class for your own learning or don’t need graduate credit, but instead need PD hours or PD Points, courses are only $125 per “credit.” During the ‘buy’ phase of our three step sign-up process, you’ll have the option to select ‘credit’ or ‘no credit’ in the AOE Store.


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What’s it Like to Take an AOE Class?

I’m super busy… Absolutely! AOE Classes were designed specifically for busy art teachers trying to manage hundreds of students, not to mention home life, community responsibilities, and everything in between.

We’ve designed the courses to be as flexible to your busy schedule as possible. There are no required log-on times, you can work at your own pace, and it’s 100% ok to work ahead… just meet your weekly due dates, and you’re good!

I’ve never taken an online class before… No worries! If you’re using email or Facebook, you have all the technical knowledge you need to take an online class from AOE.

All AOE Classes take place in the AOE Digital Classroom, powered by Schoology. Schoology is an award winning class management platform with unmatched simplicity of use. Whether you’re a tech expert, or a digital immigrant… you’ll feel right at home inside your class!

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What’s it like to take an AOE Class?

  • No required log-on times.

  • Work at your own pace.

  • Work ahead of you want – just meet the weekly due dates.

  • Desktop or mobile interface. Work from home or on the road!

  • Guided discussion board format means you get to interact and engage with art teachers around the world.

  • Useful videos, handouts, downloads, etc. give you the resources you need for success.

  • A fast and efficient support team, just in case you get stuck.

  • Experienced and responsive instructors ensure you get meaningful feedback at every step.

Top 10 Reasons to Take an AOE Class:



1) They’re Ridiculously Relevant™  

AOE Classes are designed for art teachers – by art teachers. It’s not the same old generic professional development designed for general classroom teachers. This PD is topnotch, art-focused content you can actually apply to the art room.


2) You Can Earn Graduate Credit  

AOE provides you with fully-transferrable and fully-accredited courses, accepted at almost every higher education institution and local school district. Each class taken for credit includes full degree-level accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission.


3) They’re Super Convenient  

AOE Classes were designed to be flexible to fit your busy art teacher schedule. There are no required log-on times and best of all, since each class is held online, there’s no worrying about traveling or hiring a babysitter!


4) Instructor Feedback  

If you’ve taken online classes before, you might be accustomed to waiting forever for instructor feedback. Thanks to the tremendous value we put on timely and substantive instructor feedback, all of our instructors are highly engaged and supportive.


5) Meaningful Connections  

Connect with fellow participants, like- minded individuals from across the country, art teachers in similar districts, with similar classrooms, living through similar struggles and triumphs. Much of what you learn, you’ll learn from each other.


6) True Time Flexibility  

Take control of your professional development hours. Learn at your own pace. Class assignments are all provided at the beginning of the course – you have the flexibility to work ahead or finish up on the weekends.


7) Top Notch Learning Platform  

All AOE classes take place in a modern online class environment designed for ease-of-use, simplicity, and optimizing interaction between the class participants. Each classroom is 100% secure and available exclusively to paid class participants.


8) Payment is Easy  

If you have a credit card, you’re only about 5 minutes away from being done with the sign-up process! We even make it easy for your school district, board of education, or PTO to pay for classes on your behalf.


9) Brought To You By Your Favorite Writers  

Imagine taking classes from the industry experts and art ed innovators who write the articles you read in your favorite publications. The AOE Online Magazine is one of the most widely read publications for art teachers, and often times our writers also serve as class instructors.


10) Classes So Good… They’re Addicting  

Participants regularly say our classes are ‘addicting!’ If you’re like most of our class participants, you won’t be able to wait to hear responses from other art teachers in your class. Expect to build relationships and discover things you probably didn’t even know about yourself!




When you’re signing up for PD, wouldn’t it be nice to know what other art teachers who had been through that PD thought!? Definitely!

We ask all of our class participants to take a quick 2-minute survey after their class has concluded. The most important question we ask, is “After taking this class, how likely would you be to recommend it to a friend or colleague? 1-10 (10 being Extremely Likely)”

After 1,000+ art teachers have taken at least one AOE Class, the average rating on this question is 9.26! In fact, over 90% of teachers who have taken our classes responded to this question with ‘8’ or above.

Don’t take my word for it… AOE Classes get rave reviews from our past class participants. We’re extremely proud of the feedback we receive and for the overwhelming number of return customers. Here are just a few of the most recent comments we’ve gotten!







A Note from the Founder

Jessica Balsley QuestionsHi, I’m Jessica Balsley, art teacher and founder at The Art of Education. A few years ago, I was looking for credits to renew my teaching license and was frustrated by the lack of PD opportunities available specifically for art teachers.  

This got me thinking… what art teachers really deserve is a place where they can take classes online, obtain graduate credit, and earn electives towards a master’s degree, renew their teaching license, and more… all with classes that are actually relevant to their classroom! Better yet, what if they could do this from the comfort of home?  

Introducing AOE Classes. AOE Classes are a first-of-a-kind series of online classes designed just for art teachers. The classes are fun, interesting, relevant, and flexible to fit your busy schedule. The best part is that you get to interact and learn with other art teachers from across the world while earning credit from the comfort of home. PD in your PJ’s!  

Classes are filling now, so take a look at our upcoming course offerings detailed in this catalog, and contact us with any questions (including how AOE Classes can fulfill your state’s unique PD requirements) at 515.650.3198 or


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Still have a few questions? The answers you seek should be below… if they aren’t, contact us at 515.650.3198 or, and we’ll help you with any details you need.

What can AOE Classes offer me?

You can take our courses in one of two ways. If you want a graduate credit and transcript from Morningside College, you will take the class “for credit,” and the cost is $250 per credit. If you are looking to simply log hours for PD Points or CPDU’s, and are sure you don’t need an actual graduate credit, you can take the course for $125 per “credit” and will receive a PDF emailed certificate of course completion at the end of the course from The Art of Education. Each “credit” is worth 40 hours of professional development contact time. We are using the new per credit time guidelines established by the U.S. Department of Education’s recent ruling. If you’ve taken a class from us before, you won’t notice much change in the coursework. We’ve always been rigorous in our coursework and time requirements, and you will find the activities meaningful and relevant to you.

How do I Sign Up?

We’ve made it even easier to sign up using our new process. Simply sign up and pay ONE TIME through the AOE Sign-Up page, and you will be registered for both our course and your grad credit. When you get to the second step of the sign-up process you will pay for your class through the online AOE Store. Nagivate to your class, choose ‘credit’ or ‘no-credit’ from the drop down menu, then add your class to your ‘cart’ and checkout. If you are taking the class for graduate credit, AOE will take care of your payment and registration with Morningside College.

What is an Online Class like? How is the material presented?

First and foremost, taking an AOE Class means there are no specific “log on” times to attend. Every course has weekly due dates to keep you on track, and you can work ahead if you want. As long as you meet the weekly due dates, you can work at your own pace, on your own time. All of the information is presented in a syllabus at the beginning of the course. You will submit your weekly assignments via a social discussion board, where you can read and respond to other participants work. It’s very engaging to get feedback from an AOE instructor and art teachers from all around the country for each and every assignment.

What is the time commitment?

If you take the class for graduate credit, you can expect around 40 hours of contact time (including interacting with peers, research and reading, and completing assignments) per credit. This time allotment reflects the new per credit time guidelines established by the U.S. Department of Education’s recent ruling. We usually tell people they can expect to spend a few hours during the week and a chunk of time on the weekend to complete the assignments.Since you receive the entire syllabus at the beginning of the class, you can work on the material when it fits best into your schedule. 3 credit classes last 5 Weeks (120 Contact Hours) 2 credit classes last 4 Weeks (80 Contact Hours) 1 credit classes last 3 Weeks (40 Contact Hours) *We allow a few days of preview before the start date so you can prepare.

What type of graduate credits does Morningside offer?

Morningside graduate credits can be used for license renewal, salary advancement and transferred into a degree program (first check with your program to make sure they will transfer) they are degree-level credits accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). We believe the increased rigor we are now providing in the form of degree level credits supports the goals of our mission to provide the highest quality professional development for art teachers.

How are the Courses Graded?

All participants will be given a letter grade for our courses. This letter grade will be scored based upon the rubrics and requirements in the course syllabus. Morningside and The Art of Education follow a rigorous academic model of the highest standard.

Can credits earned from your courses be used for either continuing education credits towards relicensure or towards a lane change (salary advancement) in my school district?

Yes, credits earned from taking these courses meet the requirements for license renewal or salary advancement in almost all cases. Please ensure prior approval has been obtained by your state, district or employment personnel office. AOE encourages you to refer to your state and local guidelines.

Will these classes be accepted through my graduate program?

Any student seeking to transfer graduate credits into a graduate program at another institution is advised to obtain prior approval from said institution. Our credits will work to transfer in as an elective to any Morningside program. Morningside credits carry a highly respected degree-level accreditation, but all programs vary.

How do I obtain my transcripts?

Grade reports will be emailed to you directly by AOE immediately after the grades have been received and transcribed. Typically the turnaround time to receive your grade report is approximately 3 weeks from the end date of the course, but usually sooner. If you’d like to receive a copy of your transcript, Morningside must have written permission from you for release. To request a transcript go to: There is a $5 charge.

If I or my school district would like more information about AOE Classes, what should I do?

If you have any questions, contact us at 515.650.3198 or, and we’ll help you with any details you need.

Who can I contact regarding AOE Classes through Morningside College?

Dr. Darby Young, On-Campus Graduate, Distance Education, and Professional Development Coordinator, Morningside College, 1501 Morningside Avenue, Sioux City, IA 51106, 712.274.5475 or 800.831.0806, x.5475

My school district, board of education, or PTO wants to pay for my AOE Class. What do I do?

That’s great! We make it easy for organizations to pay for AOE Classes, simply follow one of the options below and you’re all-set!

1) The best option is to have your organization make a direct payment via Credit Cart through the normal sign-up process, which you can find here: On the first step (Register), you’ll fill out one registration form for each class participant. Whether there’s 1 participant or 5, you can have each participant fill out the form on their own, or designate one single person to fill it out for each participant. Then, on the next step (Pay), have a representative of the organization make one large payment that covers each course for all 5 participants at once. When checking out of the AOE Store, just select the desired class, and choose a ‘quantity’ corresponding to the number of participants. (ex. If you have 5 people taking “Assessment in Art Education” simply add Assessment to your ‘cart’ then choose the quantity of ‘5’ before checking out. Add additional course/quantities as necessary).

2) If your organization does not have a credit card, (most organizations do, it might just take a quick phone call to find out) the second best option is to pay for the class yourself, then secure reimbursement through your organization. Since you’ll be handling the reimbursement, all you need to do to sign-up is to go through the normal process which you can find here:

3) If your organization doesn’t have a credit card and is unwilling to do individual reimbursements (for some organizations, they’d prefer to just make one large payment on your behalf) you’ll have pay via standard PO/Biilling-Process. This process takes longer for all parties involved, but it works if necessary! First, email The Art of Education at Include in your email the list of class participants, their email addresses, with the corresponding classes they want to take, along with the dates they want to take the class (make sure it aligns with the course schedule on, and the address, name, contact-info. of the party you’d like to be billed – such as your Board of Education, school district, etc. Upon receipt of the email, we will draft a invoice, and forward it on to the billing party you specified. After the check has been cut and the invoice has been paid (which must be complete before the start-date of the class), then you will be officially enrolled.

Can I take an AOE Class even though I don't live in the U.S.?

Absolutely! You are welcome to enjoy quality professional development no matter where you are at, however, if you apply for graduate credit, the transferability rate to your own district or university may differ. It is up to you to do the research and find out if Morningside will work for you. If you are not interested in graduate credit, there are no barriers to taking the class for no credit!

It’s time…

Don’t hesitate any longer. It’s time you enjoyed some Professional Development designed just for you. It’s time you demanded more from your PD and took the opportunity to interact and learn from Art Teachers all over the world. All it takes is a few minutes to sign-up… classes start on the first of every month! Sign-up now to reserve your spot!