Master of Education admission requirements

Applicants to Master of Education programs at American College of Education

  • Complete the application form, submit the application fee and enrollment agreement.
  • Enrollment agreement
  • Provide Official sealed transcripts documenting successful completion of an undergraduate degree and all post-baccalaureate coursework or degree, if applicable, from a regionally accredited institution(s) with a cumulative GPA of 2.75 OR
    • Official sealed transcripts documenting successful completion of an undergraduate degree or post-baccalaureate degree or post-graduate credits attempted from a regionally accredited institution, including the American College of Education, with a cumulative GPA of 2.75.

Master of Education programs include the following:

Additional evidence may be required to fulfill program or state requirements. Additional evidence may include, but is not limited to, verification of professional experience, test scores, or an interview.

Applicants whose overall grade point average, or grade point average in the last 60 hours attempted is below 2.5 will not be admitted.

Applicants for the M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction programs and the M.Ed. in Educational Leadership program must provide official documentation of a teaching license or school service personnel license (according to specific state requirements), or a school services certificate. If applicants to the Curriculum and Instruction or the Educational Leadership programs do not have a teaching certificate, they may document their teaching status by providing evidence of satisfactory teaching performance from the chief academic officer of the school at their current employment.

State Specific Requirements - Ohio and Texas

Texas: Residents of Texas applicants to the Master of Education in Educational Leadership program must:

  1. Interview
  2. Submit an Education Leadership essay.
  3. Have their school district submit a sealed Teacher Service Record
  4. Additional requirements for the M.Ed. in Leadership program are listed below for international applicants or applicants whose first language is not English.

Ohio: Residents of Ohio applicants to the Masters of Education in Educational Leadership program must:

  1. Submit an Education Leadership essay
  2. Submit two (2) letters of recommendation

Additional requirements for the M.Ed. in Leadership program are listed below for international applicants or applicants whose first language is not English.

International Transcript Requirements

All applicants must submit to the Admissions Office official, sealed college transcripts from each institution attended.

  • Transcripts that are international and/or not in English must be evaluated through AACRAO or any evaluation agency credentialed through NACES.
  • International applicants must request the course-by-course evaluation. The evaluation report must show that the non-U.S. education is equivalent to a U.S. bachelor's degree to be considered for admission.

English as Second Language Applicants

All applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate competence in the English language as demonstrated in one of three ways:

  1. Submission of an official transcript showing a degree from a United States secondary school or regionally accredited college/university.
  2. Submission of a transcript from a secondary school or college/university whose country uses English as a primary means of instruction, including, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand.
  3. Submission of an official minimum score on the Paper-Based or Internet-Based TOEFL exam.
    • The minimum TOEFL score required for the Paper-Based Test (PBT) is 550, and for the Internet-Based (IBT) Test is 80.
    • Applicants to the Texas M.Ed. in Educational Leadership program must submit scores from the Internet-Based (IBT) TOEFL An overall score of 80, and a score of 26 on the speaking section is required.
    • The testing agency must send test scores directly to American College of Education.

Appeal Process

Applicants have the right to appeal admissions decisions. Final decisions will made by the Dean or designee.

Dual Degree Programs

The admission requirements for the Dual Degree programs are the same as listed above for other M.Ed. programs. See the Catalog.