Regulatory Affairs

State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) States

Recognition as a SARA participant allows us to offer our high-quality programs in participating states while only needing authorization in our home state of Indiana.

We received our SARA recognition on December 8, 2014 from the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (NC-SARA). For ACE students, this means that ACE is able to expand our offering of academic programs to residents of SARA participant states, while maintaining the same level of 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:, 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.

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 Commission on Higher Education 
100 North Union Street P.O. Box 302000 
Montgomery, Alabama 36104 

Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education 
2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 400 
Sacramento, California 95833 

Florida Commission for Independent Education 
325 West Gaines Street, Suite 1414 
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0400

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 Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission (GNPEC) 
2082 East Exchange Place Suite 220
Tucker, Georgia 30084-5305

Indiana Commission for Higher Education/Indiana Board for Proprietary Education 
101 West Ohio Street, Suite 300 
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 

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

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

Louisiana Board of Regents
1201 North Third Street, Suite 6-200 
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70802

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 Higher Education Commission 
6 North Liberty Street, 10th Floor 
Baltimore, Maryland 21201


Nevada Commission on Postsecondary Education
8778 South Maryland Parkway Suite 115
Las Vegas, Nevada 89123


Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Education
333 Market Street
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17126 

Wisconsin Educational Approval Board 
431 Charmany Drive Suite 102
Madison, Wisconsin 537719

American College of Education has been approved and is legally authorized 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.


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.

Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education
Institutional Authorization
P.O. Box 110505
Juneau, Alaska 99811-0505

Department of Higher Education 
One Ashburton Place, Room 1401 
Boston, Massachusetts 02108 
Telephone: 617-994-6950

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 Course Sequence Approval

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.

Illinois State Board of Education
100 North 1st Street 
Springfield, Illinois 62777 
Telephone: 866-262-6663 217-782-4321