Higher Learning Commission

We are, and have always been, regionally accredited by The Higher Learning Commission— a federally-recognized accrediting agency. Regional 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

Teacher Education Accreditation Council

American College of Education's Professional Education Programs, M.Ed. in Educational Leadership, M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction, M.Ed. in English as a Second Language and Bilingual Education and M.Ed. in Educational Technology have been 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 programs adhere to TEAC's quality principles.

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Bahamas Institutional Recognition

In addition to our regional accreditation, we have also 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 our Institutional Recognition to a representative of NAECOB:


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

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
Suite 7-500
Chicago, Illinois 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.