AOE Classes

Art teachers spend countless hours sitting in classes that are not relevant to their content area. Professional Development shouldn’t be and doesn’t have to be this way.  The Art of Education’s Online Courses are the first of their kind, offering quality professional development courses designed specifically for Art Teachers.  Sign-up today!

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AOE offers a wide variety of courses designed by Art Teachers, for 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… you’ll be getting top-notch Ridiculously Relevant™ course material that you can apply directly to your classroom. Visit the Available Courses page to see scan all of the great Art-Education classes available in the coming months.

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The Art of Education is pleased to be partnering with Madonna
University, a nationally recognized institution for quality professional development opportunities.  Madonna University is accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education resulting in an incredibly high transferability rate to other Universities or acceptance in your district’s unique requirements.
What does that mean for you?  Basically, whatever University you’re getting your degree from, AOE credits will almost certainly transfer – although it’s always wise to check with your particular university or district to ensure transferability before signing up.  Madonna is a perfect partner to AOE, as we share similar values and a desire to offer quality professional development to educators all around the country.



As an art teacher your life is complicated enough without hard-to-follow instructions and convoluted sign-up procedures.  At AOE, we make class sign-up quick and easy.  Just 3 simple steps, and that’s it!  We’ll send you all the course information via email, and you’ll be good to go from there.  
For those of you taking AOE classes for credit through Madonna University, you’ll have one more step… but don’t worry, that’s short-and-sweet as well! After you’ve paid AOE, simply go to the ‘Earning Credit‘ link above to finish up.

Participants have the choice to take credit or no-credit for each course.  No-credit courses cost $100 and credit courses are $250 per credit, both great prices.
If you’re taking a class for no-credit, there’s just one simple payment to AOE, then you’re done! If you’re taking classes for credit to renew your license or earn credits towards a masters degree, the charges are broken up into two components. The course fee is $100 per credit. This is sent to The Art of Education through our online sign-up process.  Then, the remaining $150 fee per credit is paid to Madonna University to process your credit(s).

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26 Responses to “Classes”

  1. Carol Frueh April 8, 2011 at 10:04 am #

    Do you have a syllabus for these classes that I could see?

    • Jessica Balsley April 11, 2011 at 7:54 pm #

      Carol- Does your university need it to approve the transfer credit?
      Each class participant is allowed to download the syllabus once the class begins.


  2. Jan April 11, 2011 at 8:08 pm #

    Approximately how much coursework is required for these classes? I only ask because I just finished my masters, but don’t want to give up my education OR my summer.

    • Jessica Balsley April 11, 2011 at 8:24 pm #

      Great question and I totally understand. I felt the same way after I got my Masters. Each credit equals 15 hours of “time” spent on the class and the courses are very true to this timetable. Because the courses are relevant to our profession, I think you will find them enjoyable and worth your time. They are strongly focused on reflection, self discovery and application of new learning. The blogging class is a lot of application starting your own blog and exploring resources on line. The other courses involve reading and reflecting. I hope this gives you an idea. Feel free to send me an email if you want to talk further. – As someone who has taken so many classes, I really took into account what I liked and didn’t like about all of the courses I have taken to make these relevant and enjoyable for art teachers, but still rigorous in content. Thanks!

  3. Susan April 27, 2011 at 11:24 am #

    Hi Jessica. I was wondering if these classes were offered for renewal credit or only graduate credit. If renewal is an option do you sign up for the credit part?

    • Jessica Balsley April 27, 2011 at 3:06 pm #

      The classes are only for graduate credit. Renewal credit varies by state. Hope it helps!

  4. Rhonda May 18, 2011 at 7:14 pm #

    I am interested in taking 2 courses which totals 3 credit hours. However, I am confused on how much I am paying is it $100 per credit hour or are there separate fees to AOE and Madonna University?

    • Jessica Balsley May 18, 2011 at 7:19 pm #


      Thank you for your interest in classes with AOE! If you look at the table above, it breaks down the fee structure.

      Each Graduate Credit costs at total of $250. $100 is paid per credit to AOE. $150 is paid per credit to Madonna to process your credit, making the total per credit $250. If you choose not to take it for credit, you only pay $100 to AOE.

      I hope this helps. Fee free to email me at if you need anything else. I look forward to working with you!


  5. Jamie May 19, 2011 at 3:43 pm #

    I was curious if you would recommend blogging just for communication among our peers- or is it an appropriate communication format to use with students and parents?

    • Jessica Balsley May 19, 2011 at 9:24 pm #

      Hi Jamie- The course covers both blogging as a professional and ways to incorporate blogging into your curriculum with your students. We have a district wide program online that allows teachers and students to blog and interact, so I have seen that as a model. The blogging course will have many resources and examples of both, but will focus on the educator creating their own blog. Great question!

  6. Stephanie Spencer June 29, 2011 at 8:22 pm #

    Will courses be offered this fall, or only during the summer?

  7. Jessica Balsley June 29, 2011 at 8:30 pm #

    Great Question! In a week or two we will be announcing our course catalog for the school year and next summer. So to answer your question- Yes, we will have classes in the fall, and will be running courses all school year long and again next summer. I am adding 4 new courses in addition to the 4 we have already- I hope you can find something that fits your schedule and professional development needs. I If you didn’t get a chance to take one of the classes this school year, we will be re-running them again soon. Stay tuned!

  8. Gina July 3, 2011 at 7:35 pm #

    Hi, I was just wondering if this was available to art teachers from other countries? Australia, for example.

    • Jessica Balsley July 4, 2011 at 8:10 pm #

      Hi Gina,
      Anyone is welcome to take the course, from any country! I am not sure if the graduate credit would transfer outside the country, but the basic coursework for no credit is open to anyone. Let me know if you have any more questions, I am happy to help!

  9. skieseye July 10, 2011 at 7:07 pm #

    Re: Your response to Carol, “Each class participant is allowed to download the syllabus once the class begins.”

    You’re right that it is hard to find good continuing ed courses for art teachers. Thank you for attempting this. I am interested in your courses for grad credit for salary level advancement (Masters plus 30) Our town dept of education needs to see a syllabus and final project, with itemized topics of content/expectations in order to grant permission for credit. Then upon evidence of completion of course (certificate or transcript) they will give us the points/credits. They are cracking down, especially with on line courses. So unless I can show them the high level content/expectations, I will not be signing up for your interesting-sounding classes.

    • Jessica Balsley July 10, 2011 at 7:15 pm #

      Thanks for your interest in classes! I am happy to privately share a syllabus with you for the reasons you stated, which is why I asked Carol why she needed the syllabus – We aim to please and I am happy to work with you- Just let me know what you need by sending me an email at I also have a letter explaining the university partnership that many districts like to see. I just won’t be posting the syllabus publicly. Look forward to working with you!

  10. Jaycee August 13, 2011 at 10:29 am #

    I am interested in taking courses. Just wondering why u don’t post any syllabus. All other online courses do?

    • Jessica Balsley August 19, 2011 at 6:38 pm #

      I have never taken an online class that posts the entire syllabus beforehand, however, we are taking all suggestions into account as we grow and evolve.

  11. Corinne Fallacaro September 12, 2011 at 6:55 pm #

    Read about this on Art Projects for Kids- Tech Ready for teachers is the course I could use… very timely.
    Corinne Fallacaro

  12. Nancy DeMuro September 12, 2011 at 7:48 pm #

    I would love Rethinking Kindergarten. I can be reached at Thank you.

  13. Kim Hyman September 14, 2011 at 8:30 am #

    I would love “Tech for Teachers” I took Adobe Photo Shop this past summer and would have loved to be able to share it with my students but the district doesn’t have the program or the funds to add it to the cirriculum. Incorporating Technology is so important in today’s world; I would like to learn other ways that I might succeed in doing this with my students.

  14. Elesa Mason September 14, 2011 at 10:40 am #

    I would love to learn how to Blog. What a great way to communicate with student and parents.

  15. Janine Campbell December 12, 2011 at 2:48 pm #

    I am looking into this for my +30 credits; do you have any ideas on if this works for that?

    • Jessica Balsley December 12, 2011 at 4:52 pm #

      Yes, you sure can, but you’ll have to check with your own district or school. I will email you with more information!

  16. Kylen January 10, 2012 at 10:46 pm #

    When do I make the payment to Madonna University if I want to earn credit?

    • Anonymous January 11, 2012 at 7:30 am #

      You can make the payment any time, but you must register and pay within 14 days after the class starts. Hope it helps!

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