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Transfer Credit

A student admitted to an ACE degree program may apply to transfer credit of up to six semester hour credits, or nine quarter hour credits, to an M.Ed. degree program, unless the courses were taken at ACE.

A student admitted to the ACE M.A.T. program may request transfer credit of up to six semester credit hours, or an Indiana Transition to Teaching program of up to 24 semester credit hours from a regionally-accredited institution.
Transfer Credit Request forms must be submitted at least one term prior to when the course is scheduled.

Transfer credit requests will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • The credit must have been earned in a graduate degree program taken at a regionally accredited institution.
  • The course(s) must have been taken within five years of the time of the request for current students. For applicants, the course(s) must have been taken within five years of the requested start date.
  • Transfer credit will not be approved to replace the required first course in any degree program.
  • The course(s) 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.
  • 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 4.5 quarter-hour or 3 semester-hour credits from the institution at which the course(s) was taken.
  • The content and rigor of the course(s) requested for transfer credit to be applied to specific ACE courses must be judged by the department chair or designee to be sufficiently similar in content and difficulty to the course(s) in the ACE program.
  • American College of Education does not accept for transfer 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.
  • A student may appeal the decision by submitting a general appeal form. If not satisfied with appeal decision, a student may submit an appeal to the Academic Appeals Committee, who 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. ​

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

Master's students: If you'd like to apply transfer credits from a regionally accredited master's program toward an ACE M.Ed. or M.A. program, please submit the master's program transfer credit application form.

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.

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.

All semester hour credits earned in a completed ACE Ed.S. program may be accepted into an ACE Ed.D. program with a comparable area of emphasis.

Upon request, the Dean or designee will review and determine acceptance of additional course credits earned in an Ed.S. degree, granted by a regionally accredited institution.

Transfer credit requests will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • 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) doctorate-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 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 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 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.
  • A student may appeal the decision by submitting a general appeal form. If not satisfied with appeal decision, a student may submit an appeal to the Academic Appeals Committee, who 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.
Doctoral/Specialist students: If you'd like to apply transfer credits from an accredited doctoral or specialist program toward an ACE Ed.D. or Ed.S. program, please submit the doctorate/specialist program transfer credit application form. If you have questions or need assistance, please contact support@ace.edu.

Credit Hour Policy

To view the American College of Education Policy on Credit Hours, see page 88 of the college catalog.