Professional Development


American College of Education supports professional growth through affordable, online, evidence-based content and relevant experiences.

Our programs are:

  • 100% online
  • job-embedded
  • practical and relevant

Skilled educational practitioners facilitate ACE professional development courses, so ACE courses provide practical information that increases educators' knowledge and refines their instructional and leadership skills. ACE students are able to apply these new strategies, techniques and resources immediately.

Sharpen your skills with an online professional development program.Start your application, or check admission requirements.

Professional Development Affiliations

American College of Education improves educators' knowledge, skills and performance by collaborating with education organizations to provide professional development opportunities. Here are some recent programs in which the College has engaged to further teaching effectiveness and student achievement:

Indiana Department of Education and the Wilson Education Center

ACE currently collaborates with the Wilson Education Center in Indianapolis, Indiana to provide professional development opportunities. Recent programs:

  • ACE collaborated with the Indiana Department of Education and the Wilson Education Service Center of Indiana to present a one-day conference featuring literacy expert Dr. Louisa Moats entitled, "Teaching Reading IS Rocket Science" in October 2011.
  • ACE offered "The Foundations of Reading Instruction," a five-week, graduate level, online professional development course to K-6 Indiana reading teachers in November 2011.
  • In September 2011, American College of Education, in affiliation with the Indiana Department of Education and the Wilson Education Service Center, offered a free mathematics professional development course designed specifically to support K-6 mathematics educators in Title 1 AYP schools in IDOE. Teachers could earn graduate credits from American College of Education, leading to a Mathematics Concentration. The facilitated learning content focused on Common Core State Standards.

Chicago Teachers Union and Common Core Math Standards

In October 2011, American College of Education collaborated with the Chicago Teachers Union to offer K-6 teachers an opportunity to enroll, at a reduced tuition, in the College's program leading to the M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction with a Concentration in Implementing K-6 Common Core Mathematics Standards. Teachers chose between the concentration or the professional development option.

The graduate-level professional development offering was designed by five nationally recognized math specialists/authors to help teachers understand the impact of the Common Core Math Standard on the grade level expectations and provide best practices for improved instructional effectiveness.

Standards for Online Professional Development

American College of Education provides high quality, graduate level professional development opportunities for educators. Please see the following sites for more information about standards for effective online professional development.

  • The Southern Regional Education Board developed Standards for Online Professional Development. These Standards expanded upon the National Staff Development Council Standards for Staff Development by including important issues and topics unique to online learning.

ACE has provided me with the academic opportunities and the personal foundations necessary to grow and develop my leadership skills.

Irit Alkalay M.Ed. Curriculum and Instruction 2012