Ridiculously relevant online courses designed for art teachers, by art teachers:

  • Affordable and practical, designed specifically for K-12 art teachers
  • Perfect for license renewal and salary advancement
  • Choose to earn 500-level graduate credits through our educational partner, Morningside College

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Important Course Timeline Update:

Starting January 1, 2019 all AOE Course timelines will be extended from 4 and 5 weeks to 8 weeks. This new pacing means you have more time to interact with your peers and dig deeper into the course content. You will also spend less time each week, allowing you to more successfully balance your coursework and busy life. Course objectives, assignments, and overall workload remain unchanged.

If you have any questions about the new course timelines, please contact us at help@theartofed.com or 515-650-3198.


We offer 20 online courses (including 7 hands-on Studio Courses) designed to help art teachers at every stage of their professional career. Whether you’re looking to develop a new art curriculum, get help with classroom fundamentals, incorporate new technology into the classroom, or just brush up on your own fine art skills, we’ve got the course for you.

25 Total Courses
16 Classroom
7 Studio

Staley A.

…relevant, helpful, inspiring information to enhance your art teaching.  I have never taken classes that I enjoyed or learned more!

Lauren K.

I am new to online classes and new to AOE. They are very patient and make you feel comfortable even if you are nervous to venture into something new like I did.

Gail O.

I am truly amazed at how these classes are bringing me into an awareness of what’s going on in art education. I have taught many years and this opportunity is the best!

The Courses You Love — The Credits You Need

The Art of Education has partnered with Morningside College to provide students with the option to earn full 500-level degree credits with transcripts from Morningside College (accredited by the Higher Learning Commission).

Students may elect to take AOE courses for “no credit” or “grad credit.” Students who select the “grad credit” option have an opportunity to request an official transcript from Morningside College at the conclusion of their course.

It gets even better.

Simple and affordable pricing, right out in the open. Refreshing, right?

Take a course to earn a PD-Hour Certificate for only $199/credit, or elect to receive an official transcript for 500-level graduate degree credit from our educational partner, Morningside College, for only $349/credit.

Best of all, low-cost doesn’t have to mean low-quality. Every single course offered by AOE has been specifically developed for practicing K-12 art educators. 


Non-Graduate Credit
Graduate Credit
2 Credit Non-Graduate Course
2 Credit Graduate Course
3 Credit Non-Graduate Course
3 Credit Graduate Course

Graduate Credit or Non-Graduate Credit?

Depending on your professional development goals, you may choose to take a course for grad-credit or non-grad credit. What’s the difference? This simple chart spells out what you’ll get, no matter your choice.

Benefits Graduate Non-Graduate
45 Contact Hours / Credit
Full Class Resource Access
Detailed Instructor Feedback
Course Certificate
Letter Grade
Official Grade Report
Graduate Credit
Official Morningside Transcript
Morningside HLC Accreditation

PD Classes You'll Want to Take

AOE classes are structured with you, the art teacher, in mind and it has paid off in world-class experiences and careers of lasting success. Put simply, our students love taking our courses, and the numbers prove it!


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Q. Will these classes be accepted through my graduate program?
A. It depends. The Art of Education courses can be taken for grad credit thanks to our partnership with Morningside College. These credits carry a highly respected 500-level degree accreditation. The Art of Education cannot guarantee credits will be accepted as transfer credit at another institution. It is strongly advised to check with the degree-granting school, your state, and your district to verify the credits will be accepted for license renewal, salary advancement, or for use in a degree program.

Q. What kind of time commitment does an AOE course take?
A. Depending on your own pace, the commitment can vary. We tell students they expect 45 hours of contact time per credit. That includes interacting with your peers, research, reading and completing assignments. So for a two-credit course, that’s 90 hours over 8 weeks, or 11 hours a week. This includes online learning, interactions with peers, and reading/assignments outside of class.

Q. How are courses graded?
A. 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 College and the Art of Education follow a rigorous academic model to maintain the highest standards and rigor.

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Course Lifecycle

Every course has a distinct yet uniform timeline, so no matter which class you take, you will know what you’re getting into. This timeline is simple, direct and easy to understand. It’s more Mondrian than Pollock.

1. Enroll & Pay

2. Receive Course Details and Invitation

3. Start and Complete Course

4. Receive Transcript and Certificate

Click the button below to learn more about what it’s like to take an AOE Class!

What’s it like to take an online Studio Course?

Take quick sneak peek to get a feel for the type of learning that takes place inside of our cutting-edge online studio courses.

Unlike traditional studio courses...

If you’re like most art teachers, you probably sat in your undergrad studio classes as one of the only art ed majors. While other students just needed to learn the techniques – you needed to know how to take these techniques and actually make them practical in the K-12 art room!

Benefits Traditional Studio Courses AOE Online Studio Courses
Study Advanced Techniques
Hands-On Learning
Create Your Own Body-of-Work
Use Real Materials
Get Detailed Feedback from Your Instructor and Peers
Work From Home or School
No Travel or Time Away From Family
*Strong Focus on Practical Application & Teaching Methods*
A Classroom Full of Other Art Teachers for Feedback and Group Learning