Bachelor of Arts
Education Studies

All-in price:
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Application due date for February 20, 2023 term:
February 17
Estimated time to completion:
15 Months
All-in price:
View Tuition Details
Application due date for February 20, 2023 term:
February 17
Estimated time to completion:
15 Months

Launch your career in education with our educational studies program

Turn your passion for education into your career. Our B.A. in Education Studies degree is a fully online, transfer-friendly program that equips you with a solid foundational framework for working in non-licensure educational roles such as academic advisors, paraprofessionals and youth development leaders. Complete your educational studies bachelor’s degree while studying elementary education, child development, supportive instructional strategies and more.


graduation rate for bachelor's degree programs.*

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How you'll get there.

  1. Take just 10 five-week courses to complete your bachelor’s online degree program, learning today’s most effective and relevant educational best practices.
  2. At the end of your education degree, complete a capstone experience to demonstrate the impact of the knowledge you’ve gained.
  3. If your goal is to earn licensure or teaching certification, we can help you get there once you complete this program. We offer certificates and master’s degrees that can help lead you to licensure and may increase your education career opportunities.

What you can expect along the way.

  • Competitive Pricing We are committed to being a solution to the student debt crisis, not a contributor. With a total cost of $7,950, we provide one of the lowest cost bachelor’s-completion degree programs in the nation. Most ACE students are able to pay out-of-pocket per course and graduate with no student debt. Explore our payment options to find the right plan for you.
  • Accelerated Bachelor’s Completion This program is designed to help you complete your bachelor’s degree in as little as 15 months by coupling the credits you’ve previously earned with the required courses in this program.
  • Flexible Class Format Our asynchronous online courses enable you to plan your coursework around your life. Each course is five weeks and most follow the same structure, so you always know what to expect.
  • Support Every Step of the Way A virtual classroom means we can provide accessible ways to access support 24/7. All ACE students have a Student Success Coach who is available to help from enrollment to graduation. They’ll answer questions, offer support and point you in the right direction on your student journey. All ACE students also have free access to 7.5 hours of tutoring each month through and a wealth of digital resources designed to facilitate a meaningful student experience.
  • No Textbooks to Buy Say goodbye to pricey textbooks. Our robust online library provides access to your course readings, Harvard Business Cases, journals, periodicals and other resources – all included in the program’s cost. Like everything else we do, there’s built-in support as well. Our librarians are available through live chat, email, text or phone to assist in your research and obtaining non-digital documents you may need for assignments.

What it costs

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Total Tuition

30 semester credits
x $215 per credit



$50 Application Fee

$1,350 Technology & Library Fee
($45 per credit)

$100 Program Conferral Fee


Total Program Cost1


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A degree you can count on.

American College of Education is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission— a federally-recognized accrediting agency. The College’s accreditation includes approval to offer degree programs, in education, healthcare, nursing and business and leadership through distance education via the Internet. Accreditation ensures that an institution’s academic program meets or exceeds acceptable levels of quality and is the most recognized accreditation status for higher education entities. To receive and maintain HLC accreditation and affiliation approval, we must continuously undergo routine peer review cycles and provide proof that our programs meet or exceed HLC accreditation criteria and expectations of quality.


B.A. in Education Studies

Explore the classes you'll take to fulfill this program's 30 semester credit requirement. For more information, a complete list of requirements, and course options, see the College Catalog.

Teaching/Learning Core Courses (30 semester credits)

3 semester credits

This course guides students in how to develop and structure safe, secure, and inclusive elementary learning environments designed to support individual physical, cognitive, and social emotional needs. Developmentally appropriate guidance practices and classroom management techniques focus on meeting the needs of individual learners and the class of learners as a whole. 

3 semester credits

This course addresses the role of professional knowledge and skills in the educational field. Students explore professional, legal, and ethical requirements that guide collaborative interactions with children, families/caregivers, and other professionals while supporting the needs of learners. The concepts of advocacy, professional development, and lifelong learning are addressed in relation to the role of the professional educator.

3 semester credits

This course addresses the foundational theories, concepts, and patterns which guide the understanding of an individual child's development and milestones during the elementary stages. Factors contributing to individual rates of development and individual differences are applied to support evidence-based design for learning, assessment, and inclusive learning environments. Special attention is given to diverse, traditionally underserved learner populations, including special education, gifted, and English learners.

3 semester credits

This course provides an introduction to the philosophical and historical foundations in the educational field. Students examine key theories and models which guide modern practices. Significant shifts and trends in the educational field are addressed.

3 semester credits

This course provides an integrated approach to children's literature and English language arts methods. Students have the opportunity to comprehend, interpret, and analyze literary texts, including nonfiction, fiction, drama, poetry, and nonliterary works. Explicit strategies are provided for instruction and assessment in children's literature, writing, speaking, and other communication strategies.  Students plan and deliver evidence-based, integrated instruction in children's literature and English language arts that fosters mastery of concepts and the development of critical and creative thinking, reasoning, problem solving, and performance skills. The course includes 10 hours of diverse field experience.

3 semester credits

This course addresses diversity trends in society and P-12 educational settings. Students will examine the unique needs of individuals and PK-12 student groups.

3 semester credits

This course guides students in the appropriate use of technology tools in today's classrooms. Students will apply a variety of technology tools for use in educational settings.

3 semester credits

The Senior Capstone Experience is designed for candidates to demonstrate and document the impact of their knowledge and competencies gained throughout and as a result of the Education Studies program.

3 semester credits

This course provides an introduction to the application of research to educational settings. Students will learn how research is conducted in educational settings and will analyze research-based strategies commonly used in education.

3 semester credits

This course introduces students to social and emotional learning (SEL). Students will explore strategies and program elements that support the development of social and emotional skills in children and adolescents.

Admission Requirements

B.A. in Education Studies

ACE General Admission Requirements

  • Complete and submit all application components including the admission application, the enrollment agreement, and the payment agreement.
  • Submit the nonrefundable application fee.*
  • Provide official transcripts from a regionally accredited institution indicating successful completion of the level of education required for entry to the program.**

*The application fee is valid for one year from date of submission.
**Additional evidence may be required to fulfill state requirements, including but not limited to verification of professional experience, test scores, or an interview.

Program Admission Requirements

  • Minimum level of education required:  Associates degree or 60 undergraduate semester hour credits
  • Minimum grade point average 2.0 on a 4.0 scale for full admission
  • Minimum cumulative grade point average of 1.75 on a 4.0 scale for provisional admission

1This is an estimated value of the cost for tuition and fees. Amounts may vary depending on the number of transfer credits applied to the selected program hours, the pace and satisfactory completion of the selected program credit hours, the receipt of, or eligibility for, institutional or non-institutional scholarship and/or grant amounts, and adjustments to tuition or fees as described in the Catalog Right to Modify Tuition section.

*Source: Student Right to Know

A Note About Licensure:

While this program provides a comprehensive understanding of the intended program outcomes, it does not lead to licensure, certification, or endorsement. ACE offers several programs that do provide a pathway to licensure, certification, or endorsement and they can be found here.

State of California Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF)

It is a state of California requirement that a student who pays his or her tuition is required to pay a state-imposed assessment two dollars and fifty cents ($2.50) per one thousand dollars ($1,000) of institutional charges, rounded to the nearest thousand dollars, for the California Student Tuition Recovery Fund. For more information and to see if you must pay the state-imposed assessment for Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) click here.

For information on international transcript requirements, see the Admissions Information section of the College Catalog.

For English as a second language applicant information, see the Admissions Information section of the College Catalog.

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