Certificates & Students-At-Large

Certificate Programs Admission Requirements

(Except Transition to Teaching)

Students in the certificate programs apply as a Student-at-Large. See the Catalog for more details.


Student-at-Large admission requirements and information

American College of Education provides the opportunity for enrollment in graduate credit courses for non-degree students-at-large.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must complete the application form and provide official documentation required by the program offering the courses of interest. A baccalaureate degree is required for master's level courses; a master's degree is required for doctoral level courses. Documentation of an earned degree from a regionally accredited institution is required prior to enrollment in a second course.

Additional Information

A student-at-large must complete an application form acknowledging the understanding that:

  • Before enrolling in a second course, the student must submit to the ACE Admission Office an official transcript from a regionally accredited institution indicating an earned bachelor's or higher degree with a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 for the master's level and 3.0 for doctoral level.

  • All standards for academic achievement and student conduct apply

  • For courses to apply to a degree program, a grade of B or better must be earned

  • Student-at-large status does not guarantee admission to a degree program

  • The requirements for admission to a degree program must be met, including application deadlines and supporting documentation that meets the requirements

  • Only courses taken as a student-at-large at ACE within 5 years will be considered for application to a degree program

  • There is no limit to the number of graduate credit-bearing courses that may be taken

  • For students taking courses in a degree program sequence, a maximum of 4 courses taken as a student-at-large are eligible for application to a degree program

  • Courses in an ACE specialization or certificate may be eligible to be applied toward the related degree program upon approval of the department chair or designee

  • Exception: Applicants that meet the above education level requirements but have a GPA between 2.0 and 2.49 can be considered for admission if any of the following apply:
    1. Degree for GPA was conferred more than 10 years from intended start date at ACE

    2. Applicant has five or more years of experience in the field of Education

Internships and Clinical Experiences

Students-at-large may not take courses requiring supervised field, clinical experiences, or courses bearing an EDTT number or its equivalent except under following circumstances:

As the completion of an internship is not a graduation requirement for an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction with BL/ESL specializations,

  1. A separate internship course (BE5103 or BL5103) will be offered following completion of all coursework for students in states requiring an internship for endorsement or certification.

  2. Upon completion of the M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction with BL or ESL specialization degree, students will apply and enroll for the internship course as students-at-large.

  3. Students will be charged the current tuition rates.

As the internship requirement for the M.Ed. in Education Leadership is 120 hours, graduates of the program may apply to enroll in the Internship Extension (EL5113) course as a student-at-large in order to fulfill additional internship hours required by the state in which they seek licensure. Students will be charged the current tuition rate.

International Transcript Requirements

All applicants must submit to the Admissions Office official, sealed college transcripts from each institution attended.

  • Transcripts that are international and/or not in English must be evaluated through AACRAO or any evaluation agency credentialed through NACES.

  • International applicants must request the course-by-course evaluation. The evaluation report must show that the non-U.S. education is equivalent to a U.S. bachelor's degree to be considered for admission.

English as Second Language Applicants

All applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate competence in the English language as demonstrated in one of three ways:

  1. Submission of an official transcript showing a degree from a United States secondary school or regionally accredited college/university.

  2. Submission of a transcript from a secondary school or college/university whose country uses English as a primary means of instruction, including, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand.

  3. Submission of an official minimum score on the Paper-Based or Internet-Based TOEFL exam.
    • The minimum TOEFL score required for the Paper-Based Test (PBT) is 550, and for the Internet-Based (IBT) Test is 80.

    • Applicants to the Texas M.Ed. in Educational Leadership program must submit scores from the Internet-Based (IBT) TOEFL An overall score of 80, and a score of 26 on the speaking section is required.

    • The testing agency must send test scores directly to American College of Education.

Appeal Process

Applicants have the right to appeal admissions decisions. Final decisions will made by the Dean or designee.