American College of Education Reviews

  • 81 Reviews
  • Chicago (IL)
  • Annual Tuition: $5,321
73% of 81 students said this degree improved their career prospects
65% of 81 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

Satendra
  • Reviewed: 9/3/2021
  • Degree: Organizational Leadership
"I wish I had read the reviews first. All you do is write papers and respond to discussion posts. I am not sure why ACE employs professors as all they do is grade your assignment. The professors do not teach at all. Each class is the same. So much the same that your assignments could almost be used over again. Do not waste your time here. Classes are easy and you will not learn much. If perchance you do have a question, good luck in getting a response. I have emailed several professors with no response given. Overall this is a horrible learning environment and the dissertation process is done to fail students and make them take the class again. Join a real university where you actually make relationships and where the professors actually teach the class. This is borderline a degree mill. Also, if you do have a problem and escalate this to an ACE leadership, they will make it out to be your problem and not there's. Way to push the blame on the students who pay tuition. I wish I would have gone with my gut sooner than I did. Maybe you can learn from my failure to see this earlier."
Rodney
  • Reviewed: 8/4/2021
  • Degree: Education Administration
"This is the first review I have ever written for an institution of higher learning. However, I thought I would write a review due to some of the “bad” reviews that I read. I do understand that everyone does not have the same experience and I respect the opinions of others. My experience at ACE was a great one. The state that I teach in does recognize ACE as an acceptable and accredited institution for preparing educators. I am in my final week at ACE and I have already been selected as an Assistant Principal in my district for the upcoming school year. I also know of 2 other colleagues who attended ACE and they were selected for AP positions as well. I have no doubt that ACE prepared me to successfully pass the Praxis for Education Administration and Supervision; and I passed it the FIRST time. I also have no doubt that ACE has prepared me to be an effective educational leader. Someone stated that the papers were 3 pages in length. Perhaps that is on the Bachelors level. I was never assigned a paper to write that was less than 7 pages. Yes, the quizzes were only 5 questions, but it was impossible to pass these short quizzes without having watched the video lectures each week. Any serious educator knows that you do not have to give students a long text to check for learning. That’s my two cents."
Karina
  • Reviewed: 6/9/2021
  • Degree: Education
"I highly recommend ACE to my friends and family because I had an excellent experience. I completed my Ed.D. in Educational Leadership in under three years by taking extra classes. The dissertation writing process was smooth and there was support every step of the way which I greatly appreciated. My dissertation chair, Dr. Evans, was absolutely amazing! She was always available to answer questions and reassured me that WE would complete this degree. The rest of the staff at ACE were always friendly and willing to support me and answer questions. Emails replies were often received within a day or two and all questions were answered by staff from various departments. Feedback by instructors on assignments was useful, timely, and applicable. I have several friends who have enrolled in the Ed.D. program and their experiences have been positive as well. Excellent value for your money, you receive high quality instruction for a fraction of what you would pay elsewhere."
Jorge
  • Reviewed: 6/5/2021
  • Degree: Educational Leadership
"My experience at the American College of Education (ACE) has been one of the best in my career as a professional in the education field. From the recruiter Zach Byrd to the Student Success Coach Bonnie Rios to each and every one of the professors and other staff members they provided me with an excellent service and knowledge. The quality of the professors and their classes are high quality and very challenging. It is very doable even if you are teaching full-time like me, but keep in mind that you need to establish a routine in order to have an effective time management. They respond very quickly making sure that your doubts are clarified. They grade within the time frame so by mid next week or before your grades are ready and posted with specific constructive feedback. The tuition is very affordable, and you can pay per course. I paid out of my pocket. I did not need to apply for a loan. They are accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) Accreditation. I recommend the Major in Educational Leadership to anyone who wants to pursue a school leading position. Two months after I graduated I took the SLLA 6990 exam (for the Principal certificate) and I passed it, and it was all thanks to the preparation I received at ACE. Additionally, I was able to apply for an administrative position and get promoted to become the District Supervisor of Bilingual Programs starting next school year. I just decided to continue my studies and reach the highest academic degree with them, Doctor of Education (EdD) in Instructional Technology. This college has really had an impact on my career as a current teacher and a soon school leader."
Jorge Perez
  • Reviewed: 4/1/2021
  • Degree: Educational Leadership
"My experience at the American College of Education (ACE) has been one of the best in my career as a professional in the education field. From the recruiter Zach Byrd, to the Student Success Coach Bonnie Rios to each and every one of the professors and other staff members they provided me with an excellent service and knowledge. The quality of the professors and their classes are high quality. It is very doable even if you are teaching full-time like me, but keep in mind that you need to establish a routine in order to have an effective time management. They respond very quickly making sure that your doubts are clarified. They grade within the time frame so by mid next week your grades are ready and posted with specific constructive feedback. The tuition is very affordable and you can pay per course. I paid out of my pocket. I did not need to apply for a loan. They are accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) Accreditation. I recommend the Major in Educational Leadership to anyone who wants to pursue a school leading position. Today, I just received my notification that I passed my Principal license for the state of New Jersey and it was all thanks to the preparation I received at ACE. I just decided to continue my studies and reach the highest degree with them, Doctor of Education (EdD) in Instructional Technology. This college has really had an impact on my career as a current teacher and a future school leader."
Science Teacher
  • Reviewed: 2/6/2021
  • Degree: Education
"DO NOT ENROLL. I wish I found these reviews before enrolling. The lack of feedback is accurate. If you value your time, then do not waste it here! Faculty is awful. Zero feedback is given. If you expect any of your questions to get answered, forget it!!! If they do respond, its like they didn't actually read the email. Points majorly reduced on assignments without any explanation or justification. Want an explanation of how to do something? Want to know the length requirements? Sorry, that information is nowhere to be found, but they will easily take points off if your discussion is too short- I'm sorry, how short is too short if there isn't an explicit length requirement? The titles of classes and the content do not always match up. The Foundations of STEM Education class is 100% about pollution. I even asked the instructor about it but they basically wrote me off and said they didn't understand the question. Seriously? If you're looking for a cheap way to increase your salary by earning credit and don't mind wasting your time, then by all means, enroll. But my goodness, if you value your time at all, LEAVE NOW!!! This has been nothing but an incredible waste of time. Oh- don't even get me started on the required NISE Certificate- which is also supposed to be about a STEM classroom, but the majority of it is basic teaching principles. Another incredible waste of time that you have to do concurrently with the ACE STEM classes."
Gigi
  • Reviewed: 1/2/2021
  • Degree: Education
"Same grading rubric for all classes. The statistics class begins at the elementary level and finishes at a very advanced level within 10 weeks! No practice at all. Lectures and videos are short and are not related with the work. Do not waste your time. What I learned with ACE that it is better to wait to apply yearly to your state university, and you will pay about the same price for a reputable school."
Wyoming Cowboy
  • Reviewed: 9/24/2020
  • Degree: Educational Leadership
"I am about halfway through my program here and am satisfied. The interaction with instructors is minimal and constructive feedback is almost non-existent. The course work can be mildly tough and time consuming but is very doable. I am raising 3 kids under age 6, and without help from my wife who allows me to spend hours in front of the computer, I don't think I could do it, but thanks to her I am. Even without the benefits of a more traditional school environment, I feel that the course work is relevant regardless of whether I will ever actually use this degree or not. I have paid for every course out of pocket (once again thanks to my wife) so I cannot comment on any financial matters with the school. I can say that getting straight answers from school personnel, whomever they may be, is not going to happen. They have a knack for misinterpreting your emailed questions and not giving you the information you need, AND they will refuse to give you any phone number to actually speak to them. After you are finished with the recruiter you will probably never talk on the phone to anyone again. I have had questions that could have been answered in 5 minutes over the phone that took days to get answered through email and being referred to this document or that. However, the education I am receiving is pretty good and I feel it is preparing me for a role in ed. leadership as much as any online school can. Don't think this will be a silver bullet and make you an amazing leader automatically, but approach everything with a positive attitude and you'll get a lot from it - and will pay a fraction of the cost of other schools. This school awards a degree that will allow me an admin endorsement which will open doors for me if I pursue them, and I have already been able to move over on the pay scale and increase my income. Those two things are what I want most."
Vanness
  • Reviewed: 7/15/2020
  • Degree: Educational Leadership
"I completed Ed. S. in Leadership within 18 mos. All courses were offered online. Some courses were easy and some were challenging. I found the school's online course app easy to navigate. Most professors I've had were responsive to my queries. There were some who gave very little feedback and support. Self-motivation played a role on my completion of the program. I have yet to see the fruit of my labor, career wise. Overall, I am satisfied with the program and the support I received from the college."
Rachel
  • Reviewed: 4/3/2020
  • Degree: Instructional Technology
"I am very pleased with my experience at ACE. The affordable online program made it possible for me to earn a Master's degree. I found all my instructors to be present and responsive. The coursework is well designed to give solid base of knowledge. A few negative reviews stated the coursework was too heavy a load. I found the amount of work to be rigorous but reasonable. I spent about 15-20 hours a week on school work. I liked the consistency in class and assignment schedules. Each course is 5 weeks. Typically each week there are presentations, required readings, and assignments that required research to complete. The smaller assignment is due on Wednesday and the larger assignment is due on Sunday. There is some interaction with other students in your class via a discussion board that is part of the required assignments."
Daniel David Osborne
  • Reviewed: 3/26/2020
  • Degree: Curriculum & Instruction
"I chose this school because of their cheap tuition. Well, I guess what they say is true, "You get what you pay for." This online school is very new and seems to be still trying to figure out how to be successful. The quality of education is poor, with a great deal of work required in order to graduate. Communications with faculty take days. They offer no financial aid. My recommendation is enroll in a more established, respectable online school and use financial aid to offset the cost difference."
Clay Lawyer
  • Reviewed: 3/6/2020
  • Degree: Educational Leadership
"Communication to it's students is definitely not a forte of ACE. With all of it's classes being online, it is critical for an online university to set their students up for success by constantly keeping them in the loop with what is coming up and what the students should be working towards. Ace does not do this. They effectively took the money I had paid for a course and when an extenuating circumstance forced me to drop the course before the end of the 2nd week, would not let me use it towards a future course."
LArroyo
  • Reviewed: 2/29/2020
  • Degree: Educational Leadership
"While I am relatively new to the program, I have been impressed with the feedback I receive from the professors. In addition, a doctoral program is about individual discovery and application, which is very much the experience I have had at ACE. When assistance is needed, it can be found and most of the professors are very responsive and supportive. As in any program professors have different strengths and areas of expertise. If you enjoy doing independent research, this program will suit you well. If you prefer high levels of guidance, this doctoral program may be challenging. So far, I have very much enjoyed the doctoral journey at ACE!"
Rachael
  • Reviewed: 2/19/2020
  • Degree: ESL
"ACE is a fantastic school. I went here for my M.Ed and it was challenging yet incredibly relevant and rewarding. The courses emphasize your own classroom/school/district and you end up leaving with practical skills that will help you improve your teaching immediately. I am returning to ACE to continue my studies and have recommended ACE to my co-workers and family members. The offices and advisors are very responsive and helpful, which means a lot to those of us who work full time, take classes, and have a family."
Jeff
  • Reviewed: 1/5/2020
  • Degree: Education
"Do yourself a favor and find a reputable school who actually cares about their students and not just making money. While it is the cheapest grad program my colleagues and I could find, we all agree, it’s not worth the money. The last course I took the professor was on vacation the first week of a five week course. My questions and emails were not returned. It was quite embarrassing. The workload is outrageous and not meant for a working adults."
Bassant Abdelrahman
  • Reviewed: 12/10/2019
  • Degree: Educational Leadership
"ACE has been a very rewarding learning experience for me. I enjoyed the course work and the professors were very knowledgeable and helpful. There practicum course is top notch and helped me gain the field experience I needed to be able to perform the tasks of an education leader at a great capacity. I highly recommend this school."
#nothingmorethanamoneymaker
  • Reviewed: 11/20/2019
  • Degree: Public Policy
"Don’t waste your money. You will be inundated with lengthy projects that do not connect to your curriculum whatsoever. Professors take days to get back to you with questions and often take more than a week to grade papers. I’m not sure they could even teach my dog to sit. You have been warned."
Tom
  • Reviewed: 10/9/2019
  • Degree: English
"ACE is an appropriately challenging graduate experience. Working through this degree, I surmise my home situation was similar to many online graduate students. I work full-time, I am married and I also have young children. I still managed to successfully complete my studies at ACE in under the time frame suggested; I even doubled up one semester due to limited availability of classes to finish my program in the originally planned 17 months. So all together, I finished the degree 15 months after starting the program. It was not easy; however, at no point did I find the experience unduly burdensome or demanding. All graduate degrees require time investment and have you hustling; ACE's programming is no different. I hold a graduate degree from a traditional brick and mortar big box college as well (think of 100,000 people at the football games), and ACE's program actually demanded more work output than my previous master's degree. However, I found the expectations to be perfectly fair and manageable. Due to not having to attend classes in person, the overall time investment was apropos between my more traditional graduate degree and the program at ACE. Standard procedure: Five week classes, 1-2 weeks between classes, one class at a time. Every week you have PPTs to read/watch (relatively brief), take an online quiz (multiple choice/short answer mix), complete one discussion post with APA citation & two discussion replies, and write one substantial paper (think 6-10 pages including citation page, using APA sources), and one course final exam (same style as the quizzes, but longer). Some weeks the papers were subbed for building a PPT. You'll get experience building visual graphic tools as well, often as part of your discussion post requirement or within a paper. The most challenging part for me was making time to sift through the assigned reading. I did not do it all (sometimes we're talking 100 pages of academic journal articles per week); I would choose two articles from the assignment list and skim. You'll also need to research 1-2 original articles every week, on your own, to use for your discussion work and weekly essay. I kept a spiral notebook and old school physical notes, which I kept organized through each weekly module and into the weekly papers. I would jam said papers out over 4-5 hours every Sunday morning. So, to summarize, my weekly routine looked like this: I'd sift through the reading/academic journals on Mondays, discussion post on Tuesdays, discussion replies on Wednesdays, quiz on Thursdays and enjoy Friday/Saturday off before writing the papers on Sundays. I found my required time investment was about 15-20 hours per week to feel completely in control of my course outcome. My GPA wasn't perfect, but the program was extremely cost effective and on the pulse of my specialty as a global literature instructor. Overall, I'd rate the program as a 4-star out of five. Outstanding value. Fair assessment. Grades will end up commensurate to your willingness to engage in course content (I took some lumps on quizzes & final exams because I didn't make it through all the reading/course PPTs). My only real complaint is you spend the majority of your time as a self-structured researcher in academic journals; you're largely teaching yourself through research, to then apply to papers/presentations. The program would benefit tremendously from more substantial lectures from course professors."
CM
  • Reviewed: 8/9/2019
  • Degree: Instructional Technology
"ACE has to be one of the best online programs that I have attended. I received my Master's and Doctorate from another online institution, paid a lot of money for them. However, with ACE's mission for affordability, this was the way to go for another Master's. The registrar, student services, library, student commons, department chairs and instructors are all willing to help you. For an online college, it is amazing the communication that is provided. The curriculum is also amazing,relevant and rigorous. Not to mention, for Ed Tech students, we get a seat in Articulate 360! The courses are 5 weeks long, and there is a lot of work to do in them. That is expected as it is a Master's course. I have read other reviews stating that the work was too hard, too long, and too much. Perhaps a Master's was not for them. Master's degrees are hard to obtain. Most Master's programs have working students. But, there is still a level of rigor that has to be upheld. ACE does a great job of providing students with the knowledge, practice, and rigor for their degree programs."
Elementary Department Chair
  • Reviewed: 7/23/2019
  • Degree: Educational Leadership
"Brick and mortar was not an option as a full-time working parent. Ace provided a wonderful alternative. I was concerned at first, that I would not be able to navigate through an online program. Having received my BA from a very reputable university the old fashion way. The professor put my mind at ease that it could be done. Discipline and good organization skills is a must. Degree has helped me further my knowledge and has increased my earning potential. Thank you ACE!"