Transfer credit

A student admitted to an ACE degree program may apply to transfer credit of up to two courses to a Master of Education degree program.

A student admitted to the ACE M.A.T. program may request transfer credit for all courses earned in an accredited Transition to Teaching degree program.

Transfer credit requests will be evaluated based on the following:

  • The credit must have been earned in a graduate degree program taken at a regionally accredited institution.
  • The course must have been taken within five years of the time of the request.
  • Transfer credit will not be approved to replace the required first course in any degree program.
  • The course or courses requested for transfer credit must have been taken at the equivalent level of degree (e.g., master’s degree level) as the degree program to which the applicant wishes the transfer credit applied.
  • The course or courses requested for transfer must be part of a degree sequence or for graduate-level credit at the credit-granting institution.
  • Each course requested for transfer must have received a grade of B or better.
  • The course or courses requested for transfer credit must have earned an applicant a minimum of 4 quarter-hour or 3 semester-hour credits from the institution at which the course (or courses) was taken.
  • The content and rigor of the course or courses requested for transfer credit must be judged by the department chair or designee to be sufficiently similar in content and difficulty to the course in the ACE program which the applicant is asking to be replaced by a course taken elsewhere.
  • The American College of Education does not accept for graduate credits any credits earned as military credit, credit for life experience, credit by examination, credit by correspondence, credit from non-accredited institutions, or professional development credits or units.

Transfer credit will not be approved to replace the required first course in any degree program.

Related procedures

The student must complete and submit a written Transfer of Credit Application Form no later than the last day of the first week of the first course in the student's program.

The Office of Academic Excellence collaborates with the Chair to review the request along with the official transcript and course description, the Office of Academic Excellence notifies the Registrar and the student of the decision.

The Registrar enters results of the decision into the appropriate student record(s) and informs the student.

A student may appeal the decision by submitting a formal appeal to the Academic Appeals Committee, which will review the appeal at its next scheduled meeting. The Chair of the Academic Appeals Committee will inform the student of the Committee's actions pertaining to the appeal. The decision of the Academic Appeal Committee is final.

Equivalent credit

Equivalent credit will be granted for coursework taken at American College of Education that satisfies the requirements of more than one of the College’s programs. Courses can be used for equivalent credit in no more than two (2) programs. Students will not be financially responsible for courses that have been accepted for equivalent credit. Students who have been granted equivalency credit for two or more courses will not be eligible to apply for transfer credit.

Transfer Credit for Ed.D. and Ed.S. Programs

Transfer credit is limited to six(6) semester credit hours of research courses from doctorate level course work completed at a regionally accredited institution.

The courses that may be substituted with comparable courses are Research Methods and Statistics. For acceptable transfer credit, courses must have included hands-on use of statistical software package.

The student may submit the transfer credit request during the Introduction to Advanced Studies course. The acceptance of transfer is contingent upon a score of 80 percent or above on the objective Research Competency exam included in the Introduction to Advanced Studies course. The deadline for submitting a request for transfer credit is the end of the Introduction to Advanced Studies course.

Acceptance of additional course credits earned in an Ed.S. degree, granted by a regionally accredited institution, will be determined by the Department Chair or designee through a course by course review.

Transfer credit requests will be evaluated based on the following:

  • The credit must have been earned in a doctorate-level degree program or an earned Ed.S. from a regionally accredited institution.
  • The course or courses requested for transfer must be either (a) doctoral-level Research or Statistics course work that would be applicable to a degree at the previous institution, or (b) part of a completed Ed.S. degree granted by a regionally accredited institution.
  • Each course requested for transfer must have received a grade of B or better.
  • A course requested for transfer credit must have earned an applicant a minimum of 4.5 quarter-hour or 3 semester-hour credits from the institution at which the course was taken.
  • The content and rigor of the course or courses must be judged by the department chair or designee to be sufficiently similar in content and difficulty to the course in the ACE program which the applicant is asking to be replaced by a course taken elsewhere.
  • The American College of Education does not accept for graduate credit any credits earned as military credit, credit for life experience, credit by examination, credit by correspondence, credit from non-accredited institutions, or professional development credits or units.

Credit Hour Policy

To view the American College of Education Policy on Credit Hours, click here.