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ACE’s foundation is rooted in education — it’s right there in our name.

When educators become students at ACE, we know we’ve got high expectations to meet. Regardless of the field, our coursework addresses the evolving needs of education by integrating the latest technology and evidence-based research. ACE understands the unique needs of educators, principals and administrators, especially because many of our faculty and staff have held these jobs themselves.

#4

in the nation for most master's degrees awarded in education.*

RECOGNIZED AND ACCREDITED

We’ve always been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. In May 2020, our programs also became accredited by CAEP, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation. See our accreditations and other recognition.

How We Get You There

Built for an
Educator’s Budget


Every program says it’s affordable. We actually mean it. Keeping tuition realistic is a deliberate decision we’ve made, with most master’s programs under $9,500 and doctoral programs under $24,000. And we never hide any fees; it’s all part of the total cost.

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Applicable


What you learn today can be applied in your classroom or other educational setting tomorrow. Best of all, our programs may lead to professional licensure or endorsement where you work.

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Flexible for Working
Professionals


ACE classes are either five or ten weeks long, with on-demand lectures and predictable expectations. Plus, with multiple start dates each year, you can begin whenever you’re ready.

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Programs to Educate the Educators

Doctoral Programs

This customizable degree is designed to help you advance your understanding of a wide range of curriculum development and instructional methods that can improve teaching and learning in diverse educational settings.
Complete cost: $23,914, including tuition and fees.**

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This customizable degree is designed to help you advance your understanding of methods of instructional technology for a wide range of educational settings. Through a tailored approach to the dissertation process, you can complete the program in as little as three years.
Complete cost: $23,914, including tuition and fees.**

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The Doctor of Education in Leadership program is designed to help you advance your leadership and research skills within your chosen discipline, whatever that may be. Through a tailored approach to the dissertation process, you can complete the program in as little as three years.
Complete cost: $23,914, including tuition and fees.**

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The Doctorate of Education in Second Language Instruction is designed for professionals with a master’s degree who wish to advance their second language instruction skills and knowledge at the post-master’s level. Through a tailored approach to the dissertation process, you can complete the program in as little as three years.
Complete cost: $23,914, including tuition and fees.**

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Education Specialist Programs

The Educational Specialist in Curriculum and Instruction degree is for leaders who wish to advance their skills in curriculum development and instructional methods at the post-master’s level without having to complete a dissertation.
Complete cost: $12,184, including tuition and fees.**

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The Educational Specialist in Instructional Technology degree for leaders who want to advance their knowledge in instructional technology at the post-master’s level without needing to complete a dissertation. You will use theoretical foundations and current real-world practices to support the development of relevant technology that meet the needs of diverse learners.
Complete cost: $12,184, including tuition and fees.**

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The Educational Specialist in Leadership degree is designed for leaders who wish to pursue advanced training at the post-master’s level without having to complete a dissertation. You will learn advanced leadership skills and competencies that will make you a more effective leader.
Complete cost: $12,184, including tuition and fees.**

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The Educational Specialist in Second Language Instruction is for professionals with a master’s degree who wish to advance their second language instruction skills and knowledge at the post-master’s level without having to complete a dissertation. Students will become more effective leaders in the field of Second Language Instruction through in-depth knowledge of research-based theories of language acquisition, assessment and instructional methods, strategies that promote cultural understanding, and current best practices to meet the needs of second language learners across diverse educational settings.
Complete cost: $12,184, including tuition and fees.**

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Master's Programs

The M.Ed. in Adult Education and Training will prepare you to teach and train adults to advance their careers. Focusing on learning technology tools, you’ll learn to identify adult learning needs, develop training materials for adult learners, and assess adult training efficacy to meet career advancement or workforce development goals.
Complete cost: $8,675, including tuition and fees.**

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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.
Complete cost: $9,500, including tuition and fees.**

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This program provides PreK-12 educators with a thorough background of current scientific research and pedagogy to help them learn how students learn. It is designed around the “learn, apply, assess” model to maximize gains in student performance.
Complete cost: $9,500, including tuition and fees.**

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The Master of Early Childhood Education program focuses on the knowledge and skills needed to engage young children in learning experiences that will influence future educational opportunities. You will learn to create viable, age-specific, and dynamic learning environments.
Complete cost: $8,675, including tuition and fees.**

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The Master of Education in Educational Business Administration program was designed for those who want to develop business and leadership skills in an educational setting. Framed by the standards from the Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO), the program prepares strategic leaders for senior administrative positions in a variety of settings including public, charter, and private schools, as well as community colleges and other educational institutions or learning organizations.
Complete cost: $9,775, including tuition and fees.**

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Designed to help you become a school principal, the Master of Education in Educational Leadership program will teach you to effectively lead, run, and manage a PreK-12 school.
Complete cost: $9,500, including tuition and fees.**

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The Master of Education in Educational Technology program prepares educators and other professionals to serve as technology leaders by teaching them to track trends and leverage technology as an effective tool to support learning and meet the needs of school staff, teachers, and students.
Complete cost: $9,500, including tuition and fees.**

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Specifically designed for elementary teachers who wish to advance their expertise and skills, the Master of Education in Elementary Education degree will build on their current understanding of young students’ learning needs and introduce them to new ways of incorporating technology into the classroom.
Complete cost: $9,500, including tuition and fees.**

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The Master of Education in English as a Second Language and Bilingual program addresses the needs of teachers who are interested in working with linguistically and culturally diverse non-native English speakers. It is aligned to the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards: English as a New Language.
Complete cost: $9,500, including tuition and fees.**

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Designed for individuals who wish to advance their skills or career in higher education, this program focuses on the ever-changing global, economic, and technological environments that impact the field of higher education.
Complete cost: $9,500, including tuition and fees.**

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This degree is designed for students wishing to use technology to pursue a career in instructional design. You will learn how to evaluate, develop, and implement effective instructional design in a variety of educational settings.
Complete cost: $8,675, including tuition and fees.**

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This program will help K-12 educators enhance their curriculum in order to improve student performance, close achievement gaps, and prepare students for the future workplace. You will learn how to utilize technology, collaborative environments, and other integrated resources to foster high levels of student achievement and performance.
Complete cost: $8,675, including tuition and fees.**

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This program is designed for educators who wish to bring systematic change to schools seeking to improve or enhance reading instruction. You will learn how to develop a supportive curriculum that helps students and teachers meet important reading milestones.
Complete cost: $8,675, including tuition and fees.**

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This program is for current PreK-12 special education teachers who want to expand their knowledge and earn a master’s degree. It is a 34-hour program designed to provide an in-depth study of research-based methods to support students with exceptionalities in current educational settings.
Complete cost: $9,500, including tuition and fees.**

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This program will help you empower students to think like scientists. It was designed in conjunction with The National Institute for STEM Education (NISE) and Accelerate Learning and offers a holistic overview of historical and current issues impacting integrated science education while cultivating research-based strategies to improve student learning.
Complete cost: $7,025, including tuition and fees.**

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This degree is designed to equip you with the knowledge and tools to help other teachers reach their full potential. You’ll learn to interpret research on leadership models, teacher evaluation, and motivation, and use it to develop professional learning opportunities that promote continuous improvement.
Complete cost: $8,675, including tuition and fees.**

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English language learners are the fastest growing student population and educators need specialized training to work with them effectively. This program is built to help teachers reach these students, bridge cultural gaps, and differentiate their curriculum according to individual student needs.
Complete cost: $8,675, including tuition and fees.**

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The Master of Arts in Elementary Teaching degree is designed for those who want to be elementary teachers but have bachelor’s degrees in non-education fields. By building a solid foundation in elementary education, you’ll earn a master’s degree and be prepared for a career of working with young learners.
Complete cost: $9,500, including tuition and fees.**

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The Master of Arts in Secondary Teaching is designed for students who have bachelor’s degrees in non-education fields but want to be teachers at the secondary level. By building a solid foundation in secondary education, you’ll earn a master’s degree and be prepared for a career in teaching at the secondary level.
Complete cost: $10,500, including tuition and fees.**

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Certificate Programs

This certificate is designed to help you utilize teaching skills in an environment that requires professional development, team building, or training to improve personal, collaborative skills in adults. Theories of interaction are taught through experiential activities that you can apply to training opportunities.
Complete cost: $5,100, including tuition and fees.**

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This program is designed for students wishing to design their own program of study at the post-master’s, advanced level. Students can choose from a variety of courses to study the topics they want to study.
Complete cost: $10,780, including tuition and fees.**

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This program is designed to help those wanting to teach at the secondary or college level meet education requirements. With over 10 majors, it allows you to obtain 18-credit hours in the content area of your choosing.
Complete cost: $5,100, including tuition and fees.**

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This certificate was designed for current K-12 teachers who are interested in working with English language learners. Throughout your coursework, you will get strategies for supporting students as they learn English.
Complete cost: $5,100, including tuition and fees.**

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The Certificate in Essential Employability Skills is designed to help students build the skills necessary for success in the workplace. No matter the field or career, the professional, personal and teamwork skills covered in this program are applicable and highly valued in just about any workplace.
Complete cost: $4,830, including tuition and fees.**

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This program is designed for students wishing to learn more about the key areas of higher education. Students will learn about relevant higher education topics that will allow them to advance their knowledge and career in higher education.
Complete cost: $5,100, including tuition and fees.**

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Developed to enhance professional skills, this program provides an opportunity for teachers to learn how to support other teachers through learning how to help them reach their potential in teaching.
Complete cost: $5,100, including tuition and fees.**

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This program is designed to prepare educators to bridge cultural gaps and differentiate curriculum to meet the needs of the fastest growing student population: English language learners.
Complete cost: $4,550, including tuition and fees.**

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This program is offered in Texas only. It is for educators who wish to become an assistant principal or principal and need the Principal as Instructional Leader (EC-12) certification. It will prepare candidates for the Principal as Instructional Leader (EC-12) licensure exam and ensure they are ready for school leadership.
Complete cost: $4,550, including tuition and fees.**

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This program is designed for those who want to be elementary teachers but have bachelor’s degrees in non-education fields. By building a solid foundation in elementary education, it will prepare you for a career of working with young learners.
Complete cost: $7,750, including tuition and fees.**

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This Certificate in Transition to Teaching in Secondary Education program is designed for those who want to be teachers but have a bachelor’s degree in a non-education field. By building a solid foundation in secondary education, it will prepare you for a career in teaching at the secondary level.
Complete cost: $6,100, including tuition and fees.**

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The Certificate in Virtual Instruction will help you transform your teaching strategies to fit virtual formats. Grounded in current research and best practices, your assignments will help you become a leader in this rapidly evolving field. This transferable certificate can lead to a full degree by adding additional coursework.
Complete cost: $6,200, including tuition and fees.**

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District partnerships mean even more benefits for you

ACE partners with nearly 2,000 educational districts and institutions nationwide to provide tuition discounts and exclusive benefits for their employees. If you work for one of our district partners, you have the peace of mind of knowing ACE’s programs and degrees will be accepted by your district. Contact an enrollment counselor to find out if you are eligible for our district partner benefits.

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