Individual Courses

Students-at-large are eligible to take individual graduate courses at ACE, with the exception of student teaching, field experience or internship courses.

Certificate Programs

American College of Education students don't just earn a certificate – they learn how to apply proven, data-driven educational strategies to their classrooms and schools. All certificate coursework can be transfered to a relevant ACE degree program.

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Educators in Illinois can take a sequence of courses to meet Illinois requirements for endorsements. The courses are recognized by the Illinois State Board of Education to lead to the designated endorsements below:

  • Early Childhood Special Education - (5 courses/12 semester credits)
  • Bilingual Education - (7 courses/18 semester credits)
  • English as a Second Language - (7 courses/18 semester credits)
  • Learning Behavior Specialist I (LBSI) - (4 courses/12 semester credits)

Students will enroll as a Student-at-Large at ACE to complete the coursework. Tuition for endorsement courses is charged at the certificate/master's level rate of $235 per semester credit.

For more information on this offering and to review the course sequences, please visit the ACE Catalog, select 'Programs of Study' from the left-hand navigation, and look for the heading 'Endorsements.'

American College of Education improves educators' knowledge, skills and performance by collaborating with education organizations to provide professional development opportunities. 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.

  • Professional development

For more information on this offering, please visit the ACE Catalog.

Teachers may convert their National Board of Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) work to college credit.

Once converted into college credit, NBPTS work does not transfer into a master's degree program with American College of Education. Master's candidates receiving NBPTS college credit will still be required to take the full sequence of required courses.

  • NBCT/NBPTS transfer credit

For more information on this offering, please visit the ACE Catalog.

This non-credit bearing professional development course provides an examination of the standards and competencies of educational leadership in Florida–Leadership for Student Learning, Data Analysis and Written Performance, Organizational Development, and Systems Leadership–and the skills that principals exhibit as a result of mastering these competencies. 

The course provides preparation for the Florida Educational Leadership Examination (FELE), including the written performance assessment. The FELE Prep course is a comprehensive review of the material tested in the exam. The course includes video information, data reviews, discussion boards, practice exams, writing samples and a study guide.

The course allows students to work at their own pace as they review for the 6.5 hour exam versus attending a one-day (8-hour) cram session. Feedback is provided, and students will have an opportunity to ask questions from professors who have both taken and passed the exam or have written for the FELE in recent years.

  • FELE Prep course for educators in Florida

For more information on this offering, please visit the ACE Catalog.