This program is designed to help those wanting to teach at the secondary or college level meet education requirements. With more than 10 majors and more than five Focus of Study areas, it allows you to obtain 18-credit hours in the area of your choosing.
Total cost at ACE$9,500
(tuition + fees)
Compare with other institutions*:
*Based on information provided on each institution's website as of August 2018
Applications due January 3 for January 6, 2020 Term
Estimated Time to Completion:
Apply by Wednesday, December 18, for the term that begins January 6 and ACE will credit the application fee toward tuition. Terms apply.Learn More
Your selected major will require 18 of your credit hours and comprise the bulk of your specialization. View the College Catalog for more details about each major.
Early Childhood Education
*Completely customizable option for students to choose any 10 courses (30 semester credits).
Twelve of your semester credits will specialize in a focus area of your choice.
View the College Catalog for full descriptions.
Adult and Continuing Education
Online Learning and Teaching
Cathy McKay, Ed.D.
Administrative Faculty and Chair,
Department of Professional Educational Studies
Dr. Cathy McKay spent most of her professional career in the K-12 context. As she taught in both public and private schools, she worked with many educators on a variety of projects including process improvement, standard test readiness, and alternative educational opportunities. She helped develop two district-wide curricula in science and math for grades K-12. Additionally, she participated in programs to improve student achievement through data analysis.
While continuing her work in K-12 education, Dr. McKay transitioned to higher education through teaching at a local community college, where she developed and implemented programs focusing on student success, primarily in mathematics.
We are, and have always been, regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. This accreditation guarantees our programs meet certain levels of quality standards.
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.
M.Ed. in Advanced Studies
34 semester credits x $235 per credit
$50 Application Fee
$1,360 Technology & Library Fee ($40 per credit)
$100 Program Conferral Fee
Total Program Cost*
*This is an estimated value of the cost for tuition and fees. Amounts may vary depending on number of transfer credits applied to the selected program hours, the pace and satisfactory completion of the selected program credit hours, receipt of scholarship and/or grant amounts, and adjustments to tuition or fees as described in the Catalog Right to Modify Tuition section.
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 for the 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.
M.Ed. in Advanced Studies
*Applicants whose overall GPA, or GPA in the last 60 hours is below 2.50 will not be admitted to the degree program
All applicants must submit to the Admissions Office official, sealed college transcripts from each institution attended.
All applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate competence in the English language as demonstrated in one of three ways:
Explore the classes you'll take to fulfill this program's 34 semester credit requirement. For more information, a complete list of requirements, and course options, see the College Catalog.
(3 semester credits)
(1 semester credit)
Customize this degree by choosing a four - course Focus of Study to fulfill the remaining 12 semester credits.
Students choose 10 courses (30 semester credits) from the courses in the major and focus of study options. ACE students also have the option to transfer in courses from other ACE Master's level courses if so desired.