Earn a Micro-credential.
Stack Them All the Way to a Degree.

Not ready to leap straight into a degree program? Complete three credit-bearing classes with ACE and you may be eligible to earn a micro-credential, including a digital badge, in a specific area of study. ACE’s micro-credentials are designed to give working professionals and students like you the ultimate flexibility to stop after earning a single micro-credential and badge, or to keep stacking up more credentials - all the way to a degree, all at your pace.

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What are micro-credentials?

Micro-credentials are smaller, shorter programs of study that are narrowly focused, so you gain specific skills or competencies in your chosen field.

Three courses grouped together comprise a micro-credential badge; two or more badges combine — or stack — with each other, and/or with additional courses, to deliver a certificate. Certificates may be combined to move toward a bachelor’s or master’s degree, and master’s-level work and credits may be applied toward a doctoral program.

The ACE difference

At ACE, unlike many other badging or “micro-credential” programs, all of our single-course offerings and micro-credential badges are credit-bearing and become part of an official academic transcript. That means your transcript will list the courses completed and indicate that you have earned a micro-credential. Every class you take, every badge you earn can be applied toward further pathways of study at ACE, if you choose to do so. In receiving a digital badge with each micro-credential, you also gain visual swag to add to your electronic signature, social media profiles and other digital applications as you earn them in real-time.

For more information about this program, view the College Catalog. You can also ask questions anytime via chat.

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.



Master's Level Micro-credentials

Total Tuition



$50 Application Fee

$360 Technology & Library Fee

$50 Program Conferral Fee


Total Program Cost*



Bachelor's Level Micro-credentials

Total Tuition



$50 Application Fee

$405 Technology & Library Fee

$50 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.

ACE General Admission Requirements

  • Complete and submit all application components including the admission application, enrollment agreement, and payment agreement.
  • Submit the nonrefundable application fee.*
  • Provide official transcripts 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.

Bachelor’s Level Micro-Credential Requirements

  • At least 30 semester credits
  • Minimum GPA of 1.75
  • Earned at an institution recognized by the US Department of Education

Master's Level Micro-Credential Requirements

  • Bachelor’s or Highest Post-Baccalaureate degree earned
  • Minimum Grade Point Average 2.5
  • Earned at a regionally accredited institution

International Transcript Requirements

All applicants must submit to the Admissions Office official, sealed evaluation of international credits.

  • Transcripts that are international and/or not in English must be evaluated through an NACES-approved agency.
  • Texas applicants may only submit evaluations from agencies approved by the Texas Education Agency.
  • International applicants must request the course-by-course evaluation. The evaluation report must show that the non-U.S. education is equivalent to the education/accreditation level required for the program.

English as a Second Language Applicants

All applicants whose degree was earned from a country where English is not the official language must demonstrate competence in the English language in one of the following ways:

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

  2. Submission of an official minimum score on the paper or internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exams.
    • The minimum TOEFL score required for the internet-based version is 80, and the paper-based version requires a minimum TOEFL score of 20 for each of the three skills: Reading, Listening, and, Writing.

    • The minimum IELTS score required is 6.5. Note: IELTS is not acceptable for Texas programs leading to certification.

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

Admissions Appeal Process

Applicants have the right to appeal admissions decisions. Begin the process by filling out the admissions appeal here.

Community College Leadership Micro-Credential
Course List: (9 Semester Credits)

  • The Economic of Community College
  • Redesigning the Community College
  • Engaging Students and Faculty

Curriculum and Instruction Micro-Credential
Course List: (9 Semester Credits)

  • Standards-Driven Learning
  • Community of Learners
  • Curriculum and Instructional Design for Diversity

Differentiated Instruction Micro-Credential
Course List: (9 Semester Credits)

  • Differentiated Instruction: Theory to Practice
  • 21st Century Literacies
  • Differentiated Instruction: Principles in Action

Digital Learning and Teaching Micro-Credential
Course List: (9 Semester Credits)

  • The Digital Learner
  • The Digital Educator
  • Instructional Models for Digital Learning

Educational Entrepreneurship Micro-Credential
Course List: (9 Semester Credits)

  • Strategic Innovation and Educational Entrepreneurship
  • Innovative Learning Environments
  • Marketing Management

Educational Technology Micro-Credential
Course List: (9 Semester Credits)

  • Practices for Evaluating Technological Resources
  • Responsible Technological Change
  • Design of Learning Environments

English as a Second Language and Bilingual Education Micro-Credential
Course List: (9 Semester Credits)

  • Foundations of ESL and Bilingual Education
  • Methods and Materials for Teaching English as a Second Language
  • Linguistics for TESOL

Information Systems Micro-Credential
Course List: (9 Semester Credits)

  • Information Systems
  • Digital Age Learning Environments
  • Creating Professional Environments in a Virtual World

International Education Micro-Credential
Course List: (9 Semester Credits)

  • International Development and Policy
  • Education and International Migration
  • International Programs, Curricula and Pedagogies

Leadership Micro-Credential
Course List: (9 Semester Credits)

  • Leadership Theories, Frameworks, and Philosophies
  • Leadership as a Professional Journey
  • Cultural Leadership

Personal and Professional Skills Micro-Credential
Course List: (9 Semester Credits)

  • Critical Reflection and Self-Assessment
  • Planning and Organizational Skills: Time Management
  • Self-Efficacy and Self-Directed Action

Teamwork Skills Micro-Credential
Course List: (9 Semester Credits)

  • Collaboration and Teamwork
  • Professionalism and Leadership
  • Global Skills and Cultural Awareness