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I’m happy to share that I was able to graduate debt free with my master’s degree. 

Chandra Juhasz
M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction

The courses at ACE were so affordable that I decided, what the heck, I’ll give it a try and see how it goes. I’m happy to share that I was able to graduate debt free with my master’s degree.

I think the format itself is a formula for success, and I could study on my terms. I would suggest that teachers stick with it.
The assignments made me think critically, and I had to provide support for what I was doing in the classroom rather than just writing a bunch of answers. 

David Andrade
M.Ed. in Educational Leadership

My experience was very positive—I tell all my colleagues about the program, and my wife will start her master’s degree this year at ACE.

I started out with a program in management at a brick-and-mortar school, and ACE is every bit as challenging as that program was…I also found that ACE’s program is better than another online program I completed earlier. The assignments made me think critically, and I had to provide support for what I was doing in the classroom rather than just writing a bunch of answers. 

I recommend that students set aside time to keep up with deadlines just like anything. Because you don’t arrive at a class or have time to chat with classmates before and after, you have to make sure that you plan ahead for the time you will actually need to learn and discuss. Just remember that you’re not alone—there is plenty of help available from professors and from other students.

While I learned how to access databases for peer reviewed research, I have probably benefitted the most from sharing original case study research with other schools so that we can share ideas and talk about what works. I have conducted studies at my own school for this purpose.

The flexibility [of ACE programs] was definitely a plus. Whenever I had downtime, I was able to work on my coursework, especially because everything was available 24/7. I didn’t need to carry around a lot of books and notes, either, so I found that it was very easy to continue my studies.
My professors helped me ease into graduate studies, which was really important since I have been out of college for 13 years.

Carla Pesce
M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction

The program was great—I feel like I benefitted so much professionally from the coursework. My professors helped me ease into graduate studies, which was really important since I have been out of college for 13 years. I also enjoyed how one of my professors would really get into discussions with us in the Teacher Leadership class. He was tough—I like that.

Since I began the program, I have been sharing projects and strategies with people on my team. I have addressed several concepts from my multicultural education course with my principal so that we can bring in a global studies piece to our rural, mostly African-American population.

I really learned the most from the research methods course. We did an action research project where we talked about the whole research process, and I used a lesson with visualization to improve reading comprehension in my second grade classroom.

The program really fit my schedule at a time when I had a lot going on in my life. Driving to classes would not have been an option. I needed to be able to teach, spend time with my daughter and son…, then spend the evening or any spare hour or two on coursework. With all that I had going on, I definitely needed the online flexibility. I probably would not have been able to complete my master’s degree otherwise.
I honestly could not have completed my degree without the amazing flexibility this program offered.

Patricia Peral
M.Ed. in Educational Leadership

The program was very eye-opening for me! After taking a few courses in educational leadership, I began to ask more questions at the school where I was working. The program definitely helped me to see where district-wide improvements should be made.

Educational leadership is about navigating relationships…People with influence don’t necessarily have the highest title, but people look up to them.

I have a pretty full life…I honestly could not have completed my degree without the amazing flexibility this program offered.
I think this program had just the right blend of flexibility and challenge.

Philip Church
M.Ed. in Educational Technology

I really enjoyed getting to fit in my coursework when I had time available rather than having to sit through a long lecture each week. ACE is also significantly less expensive than even our local state school that was offering a cohort program for around $15,000.

I think this program had just the right blend of flexibility and challenge. The program really is designed to help you use what you have learned on the job. I have definitely applied several of the courses in my own classroom and will continue to do so.

I have really benefitted from learning how to organize committees at my campus…With the model I’ve implemented as lead teacher at my school, we are able to accomplish many of the same things as a traditional PLC but with greater efficiency.
Without my training at ACE, I would not have been given this amazing opportunity. Thank you so much for providing me with the tools I need to be successful.

Shannon Melvin
M.Ed. in Educational Leadership

For 17 years I worked as a Teacher for the Osceola County School District in Central Florida. This past summer, I was appointed by the School District to oversee the opening of an extension campus of the Technical Education Center Osceola (TECO) and to serve as the Dean of Students and Acting Administrator. This post-secondary facility was created as a partnership between the District and the City of St. Cloud to provide greater opportunities for people in our county to have access to the great technical programs we offer. At my campus (TECO St. Cloud), we offer Licensed Practical Nursing, Medical Assisting, Cosmetology, Pharmacy Tech, and Certified Nursing Assisting.

I am pleased to have been placed at this campus as the site leader. Without my training at ACE, I would not have been given this amazing opportunity. Thank you so much for providing me with the tools I need to be successful.
What I learned through my coursework at ACE has greatly aided me in my new position, and given me increased insight on how best to develop and carry out new initiatives.

Didi Arpaia
M.Ed. in Educational Leadership

I am a recent graduate of the American College of Education. I completed my Master in Educational Leadership through your program last year. I am proud to announce that in July, I was promoted to the position of district administration as Coordinator for ELL K-12 & World Languages. I am now in charge of developing and maintaining programs for our students across the Collier County School District in Naples, FL. What I learned through my coursework at ACE has greatly aided me in my new position, and given me increased insight on how best to develop and carry out new initiatives. I appreciate a vast guidance I received from my professors throughout my program of study, and look forward to continuing my post-graduate education in the near future.

Thank you for the opportunity to build my knowledge through the ACE program!
The graduate level writing required at ACE helped pushed me to improve my writing skills to get them at a level where I could submit articles to professional publications.

Russ Brown
M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction

I received my M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction back in October, 2011. I just wanted to send an update about what has been happening with me since I graduated from ACE.

I continue to teach social studies at Poudre High School but am now taking more of a leadership role. I am currently serving on the school district's ESSA implementation team and their Mill & Bond Steering Committee.

I was also named the Outstanding Teacher of American History for the state of Colorado by the National Association for the Daughters of the American Revolution in 2014.

Certainly, ACE helped contribute to these aforementioned achievements. However, the biggest impact on my life has been in the field of professional writing. Since I have graduated from ACE I have two professional articles published.

The first, "Student-as-Client", was published in "Phi Delta Kappan" (March 2014) and can be accessed at: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/270665914_Student-as-Client

The second article, "Not Your Grandfather’s U.S. History Class: Abandoning Chronology and Teaching Thematically" was just published in "The American Historian" (May 2016) and can be accessed at: http://tah.oah.org/may-2016/not-your-grandfather-s-u.s-history-class-abandoning-chronology-and-teaching-thematically/

The graduate level writing required at ACE helped pushed me to improve my writing skills to get them at a level where I could submit articles to professional publications.