Accreditation & Regulatory Affairs

Regional Accreditation

American College of Education is regionally accredited by The Higher Learning Commission:

230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, Illinois, 60604
1-800-621-7440
hlcommission.org 

The College’s accreditation includes approval to offer degree programs through distance education via the Internet.

Program Accreditation

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
Alabama Commission on Higher Education 
100 North Union Street P.O. Box 302000 
Montgomery, AL 36104 
334-242-1998
http://www.ache.state.al.us/default.aspx

California 
Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education 
2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 400 
Sacramento, California 95833 
Telephone: 916-431-6959 
www.bppe.ca.gov

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
Florida Commission for Independent Education 
325 West Gaines Street, Suite 1414 
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0400
8508-254-3200
www.fldoe.org/policy/cie/

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
Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission (GNPEC) 
2082 East Exchange Place Suite 220
Tucker, Georgia, 30084-5305
770-414-3300
https://gnpec.org/

Indiana

Indiana Commission for Higher Education/Indiana Board for Proprietary Education 
101 West Ohio Street, Suite 300 
Indianapolis, IN 46204 
317-232-1033
http://in.gov/bpe

American College of Education is authorized by the Indiana Board for Proprietary Education

101 West Ohio Street, Suite 300
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204-1984

Louisiana
Louisiana Board of Regents
1201 North Third Street, Suite 6-200 
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70802
225-342-4253
http://www.regents.la.gov/

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 
Maryland Higher Education Commission 
6 North Liberty Street, 10th Floor 
Baltimore, MD 21201 
410-767-3300
www.mhec.state.md.us

Nevada

Nevada Commission on Postsecondary Education
8778 South Maryland Parkway Suite 115
Las Vegas, NV 89123
702-486-7330
www.doe.nv.gov

Pennsylvania

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Education
333 Market Street
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17126 
717-787-5041
www.education.pa.gov

Wisconsin
Wisconsin Educational Approval Board 
431 Charmany Drive Suite 102
Madison, Wisconsin 537719
608-266-1996
www.eab.state.wi.us

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.

Massachusetts
Department of Higher Education 
One Ashburton Place, Room 1401 
Boston, Massachusetts 02108 
Telephone: 617-994-6950 
http://www.mass.edu/home.asp

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 
Telephone: 850-245-0505 
www.fldoe.org/teaching/certification

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 
www.doe.in.gov/idoe

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 
Telephone: 614-466-6000 
www.OhioHigherEd.org 

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 
Telephone: 512-463-9734 
www.tea.texas.gov

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 input@ctc.ca.gov. 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 
www.isbe.net/licensure

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.

 

International

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
Telephone: 328-8872/3
Email: info@naecob.org