Higher Learning Commission

We are, and have always been, accredited by The Higher Learning Commission— a federally-recognized accrediting agency. Accreditation ensures that an institution’s academic program meets or exceeds acceptable levels of quality and is the most recognized accreditation status for higher education entities. To receive and maintain HLC accreditation and affiliation approval, we must continuously undergo routine peer review cycles and provide proof that our programs meet or exceed HLC accreditation criteria and expectations of quality.

The Higher Learning Commission
30 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, Illinois 60604

Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)


In May 2020, American College of Education's Professional Education Programs were granted Accreditation at the initial-licensure level and advanced-licensure level through Spring 2027, for a period of seven (7) years. Accreditation for seven (7) years is granted if the EPP meets all CAEP Standards and components.

The College’s initial level programs, M.A. in Elementary Teaching, M.A. in Secondary Teaching, Certificate in Transition to Teaching in Elementary Education, and Certificate in Transition to Teaching in Secondary Education, have been accredited for a period of seven (7) years, ending in Spring 2027.

The College’s advanced level program, M.Ed. in Educational Leadership, has been accredited for a period of seven (7) years, ending in Spring 2027.

Information on the College’s accreditation status can be found at http://caepnet.org/provider-search

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) Accreditation


The baccalaureate and master’s degree programs in nursing offered by American College of Education are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

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