Accreditation & Regulatory Affairs
American College of Education is regionally accredited by The Higher Learning Commission:
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, Illinois, 60604
The College’s accreditation includes approval to offer degree programs through distance education via the Internet.
American College of Education’s Professional Education Program, M.Ed. in Educational Leadership, which is designed to provide graduate students with the essential knowledge, skills, and abilities to become school principals, is
granted accreditation by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) for a period of seven years, from May 3, 2013 to May 3, 2020. This accreditation certifies that the forenamed professional education program has provided evidence that the
program adheres to TEAC’s quality principles.
American College of Education’s Professional Education Program, M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction, which is designed to provide graduate students with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to become instructional leaders in their classrooms, schools, and/or district, is granted accreditation by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) for a period of seven years, from May 3, 2013 to May 3, 2020. This accreditation certifies that the forenamed professional education program has provided evidence that the program adheres to TEAC’s quality principles.
American College of Education’s Professional Education Programs, M.Ed. in English as a Second Language and Bilingual Education (formerly M.Ed. in English as a Second Language, M.Ed. in Bilingual Education), which is designed to provide graduate students with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to work with nonnative speakers of English and to become instructional leaders and advocates in their classrooms, schools, and/or districts, are granted accreditation by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) for a period of seven years, from May 3, 2013 to May 3, 2020. This accreditation certifies that the forenamed professional education programs have provided evidence that the programs adhere to TEAC’s quality principles.
American College of Education’s Professional Education Program, M.Ed. in Educational Technology, which is designed to prepare graduate students to lead the integration of technology into curriculum, instruction, and assessment in their classrooms, schools, and/or districts, is granted accreditation by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) for a period of seven years, from May 3, 2013 to May 3, 2020. This accreditation certifies that the forenamed professional education program has provided evidence that the program adheres to TEAC’s quality principles.
State Authorization to Operate, State Authorization or Registration, Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) and Program Approvals
State Authorization or Registration to Operate
State authorization or registration to operate is the legal authorization ACE maintains in order to provide postsecondary education in a state in which it is not physically located or in which it is otherwise subject to jurisdiction as determined by the
state. Because not all states require institutions to be authorized or registered to operate and the activities that require authorization vary, ACE continuously monitors regulations in all states in which it offers its academic programs and courses.
Alabama Commission on Higher Education
100 North Union Street P.O. Box 302000
Montgomery, AL 36104
Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education
2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 400
Sacramento, California 95833
The California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education does not does have oversight over out of state institutions that do not have a physical presence in the state.
Florida Commission for Independent Education
325 West Gaines Street, Suite 1414
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0400
Additional information regarding the institution may be obtained by contacting the Commission for Independent Education, Department of Education, 325 West Gaines Street, Suite 1414, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0400, toll-free telephone number (888)224-6684. (License Number: 3872)
Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission (GNPEC)
2082 East Exchange Place Suite 220
Tucker, Georgia, 30084-5305
Indiana Commission for Higher Education/Indiana Board for Proprietary Education
101 West Ohio Street, Suite 300
Indianapolis, IN 46204
American College of Education is authorized by the Indiana Board for Proprietary Education
101 West Ohio Street, Suite 300
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204-1984
Louisiana Board of Regents
1201 North Third Street, Suite 6-200
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70802
American College of Education is currently licensed by the Board of Regents of the State of Louisiana. Licenses are renewed by the State Board of Regents every two years. Licensed institutions have met minimal operational standards set forth by the state, but licensure does not constitute accreditation, guarantee the transferability of credit, nor signify that programs are certifiable by any professional agency or organization.
Maryland Higher Education Commission
6 North Liberty Street, 10th Floor
Baltimore, MD 21201
Nevada Commission on Postsecondary Education
8778 South Maryland Parkway Suite 115
Las Vegas, NV 89123
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Education
333 Market Street
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17126
Wisconsin Educational Approval Board
431 Charmany Drive Suite 102
Madison, Wisconsin 537719
American College of Education has been approved and is legally authorize to do business in the state of Wisconsin as a private post-secondary school, subject to the provisions of section 38.50 Wisconsin Statutes, and all administrative rules adopted pursuant to the statutes. Approval includes only those programs and those locations specifically approved by the Board.
State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) States
On December 8, 2014, the College received recognition as an institutional participant in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) from the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA). Per NC-SARA, SARA “establishes
a state-level reciprocity process that will support the nation in its efforts to increase the educational attainment of its people” by mandating that institutions only need home state authorization in order to offer distance education to any
other SARA member state. For ACE students, this means that the institution is able to expand its offering of academic programs to residents of SARA participant states, while maintaining same the level of high quality on which the College was founded
under the sole regulatory oversight of the Indiana Board for Proprietary Education - its home state regulator. This list is subject to change as a result of SARA agreements with states.
ACE offers all or a selection of its academic programs in the following SARA participant states (Note: ACE’s home state of Indiana, a SARA participant state, is not listed):
Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut Delaware, D.C., Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wyoming.
Exemptions and States Where Authorization is Not Required
For a number of reasons, including the facts that ACE delivers all academic program coursework online and does not have a physical presence in the state, ACE is either exempt from or otherwise not required to obtain state authorization in order to offer
all or a selection of its distance education programs in the states listed below. Please note: each state has a unique definition of “physical presence” and the list is subject to change based on state regulations.
Department of Higher Education
One Ashburton Place, Room 1401
Boston, Massachusetts 02108
The Massachusetts Department of Higher Education does not require institutions that offer courses through online/ distance education without a physical presence in the state to be authorized.
State Program Approvals Leading to Licensure or Certification
An institution’s academic program is granted approval upon application by evidencing that it meets specific requirements of that state. As of the publication date of this Catalog, ACE has obtained state program approval for its M.Ed. in Educational
Leadership, or Master of Arts in Teaching and Transition to Teaching programs from the state agencies listed below:
Florida Department of Education Bureau of Educator Certification
Turlington Building, Suite 1514
325 West Gaines Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0400
The M.Ed. in Educational Leadership program has been approved as a preparatory program for persons applying for Certification in Educational Leadership (License Number: 3872)
Indiana Department of Education
South Tower, Suite 600
115 West Washington Street
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204
Telephone: (317) 232-6610
The M.Ed. in Educational Leadership program is approved as leading to principal certification in Indiana. The Transition to Teaching certificate programs and the Master of Arts in Teaching degree programs are approved as leading to initial teacher licensure in Indiana.
Ohio Board of Regents
25 South Front Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215-414
The M.Ed. in Educational Leadership program is approved for building principal licensure (Grades PK-6, Grades 4-9, and Grades 5-12).
Texas Education Agency
1701 North Congress Avenue
Austin, Texas, 78701
The M.Ed. in Educational Leadership program is approved as leading to administrator/building principal certification in Texas.
California - pending
American College of Education is seeking initial institutional approval by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. This approval would allow American College of Education to sponsor educator preparation programs in California. Interested parties are invited to submit comments that may help to inform the Commission of substantive issues regarding this institution.
Comments should be submitted to the Commission at email@example.com. Please note that comments should specify the party's relationship to the institution (i.e., graduate, present or former faculty member, employer of graduates, other-please specify). All identifying information will remain confidential.
State Course Sequence Approval
Illinois State Board of Education
100 North 1st Street
Springfield, Illinois 62777
Telephone: 866-262-6663 217-782-4321
The Bilingual Education, English as a Second Language, Learning Behavior Specialist 1, and Early Childhood Special Education course sequences are approved by the Illinois State Board of Education as meeting the coursework requirements for endorsements in these areas.
Public Comment on American College of Education
American College of Education is seeking comments from the public about the College in preparation for its upcoming Comprehensive Evaluation by its regional accrediting agency.
The College will host a comprehensive review visit on October 15th through October 17th, 2018 with a team of peers representing the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). The team will review the institution’s ongoing ability to meet HLC’s Criteria for Accreditation.
American College of Education has been accredited by HLC since 2006, and its accreditation includes approval to offer degree programs through distance education via the Internet. In 2015, the Institutional Actions Council of the Higher Learning Commission continued the accreditation of the College with the next Reaffirmation of Accreditation in 2024-25.
The public is invited to submit comments regarding the College to the following address:
Public Comment on American College of Education
Higher Learning Commission
230 South LaSalle Street
Chicago, IL 60604-1411
The public may also submit comments on HLC’s website at: http://www.hlcommission.org/Student-Resources/third-party-comment.html. Comments must be in writing and must address substantive matters related to the quality of the institution or its academic programs.
All comments must be received by September 14th, 2018.
Bahamas Institutional Recognition
American College of Education has been granted Institutional Recognition status by The National Accreditation & Equivalency Council of The Bahamas (NAECOB).
The Institutional Recognition status does not suggest that American College of Education now has accreditation with NAECOB.
Institutional Recognition status indicates that the institution currently holds full accreditation status from international or regional accreditation bodies recognized by NAECOB. NAECOB's Institutional Recognition permits the institution to recruit for and offer educational programs in The Bahamas.
Please direct all inquiries regarding the status of American College of Education's Institutional Recognition to a representative of NAECOB. Their contact information is outlined below:
The National Accreditation and Equivalency Council of The Bahamas (NAECOB)
RND Plaza West
John F. Kennedy Drive
P.O. Box N-3913
Nassau, The Bahamas