Frequently Asked Questions

As the largest professional development organization for art teachers in the world, the Art of Education serves teachers from all different districts and seasons in their careers. Answering your questions and making your classrooms more competitive and fun is part of our mission.

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 $299 per credit. If you are looking to simply log hours for professional development points or CPDUs and are sure you don’t need an actual graduate credit, you can take the course for $149 per credit and will receive a PDF e-mailed certificate of course completion at the end of the course from the Art of Education. Each credit is worth 45 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.

How do I sign up?

First, you’ll have to either create an Art of Education account or sign in to your current account. Then it’s as simple as finding the course you want and enrolling. Account creation, enrollment, grad credit setup and payment are all taken care of in the same easy process so you are completely ready for your Art of Education experience in a few short minutes.

What is an online class like? How is the material presented?

First and foremost, taking an AOE class means you can work at your own pace, on your own time. There are no specific log-on times to adhere by. Every course has weekly due dates to keep you on track, and you can work ahead if you want. All of the information is presented in a syllabus that is provided at the beginning of the course so there are no surprises. You can work on your assignments in whatever way works in your schedule. For more on the AOE Experience, click here. 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 45 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. Typically, you 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. Three-credit classes last five weeks (135 contact hours) and two-credit classes last four weeks (90 contact hours). The Art of Education allows a few days of preview before the start date so you can prepare.

What type of graduate credits does Morningside College offer?

Morningside College graduate credits can be used for license renewal, salary advancement or 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). The increased rigor the Art of Education provides 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 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 College and the Art of Education follow a rigorous academic model to maintain the highest standards and rigor.

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, usually. Credits earned from taking these courses meet the requirements for license renewal or salary advancement in almost all cases, but The Art of Education can’t guarantee transferability. 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 or to work with our professional development advisors, who are kept up-to-date on state guidelines. We know you’d rather be planning your next great lesson than researching accreditation, so just give us a call or send us an e-mail and we’ll provide answers.

Will these classes be accepted through my graduate program?

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

How do I obtain my transcripts?

In an effort to provide all students with the best experience possible, AOE expedites all grades by processing them within seven (7) days from the course completion date. Seven days is the fastest grades can be processed. Once grades are processed, a grade report is sent via email and at this time, a transcript can be requested from Morningside College. If you’d like to receive an official paper or electronic copy of your transcript, Morningside College must have written permission from you for release. You can request a transcript here. There is a $7.50 charge.

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

If you have any questions, please contact us at [tel]515.650.3198[/tel] or at, and we’ll help you with any details you need. Your school may also want to review our Accreditation page.

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
[tel]712.274.5475[/tel] or [tel]800.831.0806[/tel], x.5475

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

That’s great! The Art of Education makes 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 card through the normal sign-up process, which you can find here: First, the student will have to either create an Art of Education account or sign in to their current account. Then, it’s as simple as finding a course and enrolling. Account creation, enrollment, grad credit setup and payment are all taken care of in the same easy process—the only difference is that the school will have the option of making a direct payment for the course.
  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 to pay via standard PO/billing process. This process takes longer for all parties involved, but it works well:
    • E-mail the Art of Education at Include in your e-mail the list of class participants 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; their e-mail addresses; and the address, name and 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 an 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 United States?

Absolutely! You are welcome to enjoy quality professional development no matter where you are. We’ve had participants from more than 20 countries around the world, so we are no stranger to international students. 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 College will work for you. If you are not interested in graduate credit, there are no barriers to taking the class for no credit!

Still have questions? Contact the Art of Education or one of our professional development advisors and we’ll help you find what you need.