American College of Education Reviews

  • 88 Reviews
  • Chicago (IL)
  • Annual Tuition: $5,321
73% of 88 students said this degree improved their career prospects
67% of 88 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

Dr. Roel
  • Reviewed: 8/26/2022
  • Degree: Educational Leadership
"I recently graduated from my doctorate at ACE and it was a wonderful overall experience. Yes, it is a lot of work, challenging and even exhausting at times, especially the dissertation process. I am wondering if the negative comments I see here are from real students or if these students stayed enough time in the program. I recommend this program if you would like to get your doctorate. I am so thankful I made the decision of applying as I learned A LOT! Enjoy the journey and don’t give up!"
TxStudent
  • Reviewed: 7/6/2022
  • Degree: Education Administration
"This place is a degree mill. Yes, it's cheap, but you are 10000% getting what you pay for. They require you to request nearly every service in writing, from taking dual courses to transferring credits, approve them, and then realize they've made errors and will go back and deny all former approvals. Because of their incompetency and errors I am now required to spend an extra 5 weeks with this establishment. You will teach yourself everything (no live classes or meetings), as they only provide out of date "presentations" and articles that are totally unrelated to the topic at hand. I have spent more time researching and teaching myself the content than the actual work, at the very least tripling the amount of hours spent each week on the course. If you have no background experience with the content, you can guarantee 5 times the amount of time spent teaching yourself. Students also cheat like crazy on discussion boards, so don't spend too much time on those excessive things. Grading is completely different based on the "professor", some are super easy and some make you want to quit the course. Each week you have a lengthy discussion board post with 1 required citation (you will have to do some of your own research for this because nothing provided for you will be related), 2 replies to classmates' posts (depending on the "professor" they will grade extremely easy or EXTREMELY hard on your replies), 1 quiz (directly from the presentations), and 1 application which is pretty much anywhere from a 5-10 page paper with some unknown number of citations required. I am in no way prepared for the test I will be required to take from my state after this program; I will still have to study and teach myself those competencies to pass. If you just need a certification, then I would just suffer through this program, but if you are getting an actual degree, I would be leery to have this "college" on my resume forever."
MajinBoooo
  • Reviewed: 3/20/2022
  • Degree: Educational Leadership
"Plain and simple, if you want to go to college then you will pay. I've been to traditional CC, traditional Uni, for-profit for a license. The list goes on and on. You have to be mature and choose what is best at the time. If you're really good at application then this is a great school. If you want to research, go spend 10k a semester. I'm not complaining about debt and job interviews start as soon as you get into the program not after. Easy stuff. Basics."
Bianca
  • Reviewed: 3/9/2022
  • Degree: Nursing
"I completed my BSN this year after 2 years of COVID! The instructors were understanding and knowledgeable in the material they presented. At the beginning I was hesitant, since it was a few years since I attended college. ACE provided free monthly tutoring and the books were included with the courses! The program was challenging and encouraged "out of the box" thinking. It was exciting to locate an issue in my industry (Home Health) and provide ways to help meet challenges for better patient outcomes. The instructors are available to you, even on the weekends! That was a plus for me, as a full time mother and nurse. Another plus, CCNE accreditation. I recommend this school to other nurses who are looking to improve patient outcomes, stay competitive and advance their career."
AMAURI CONTRERAS
  • Reviewed: 2/21/2022
  • Degree: Education
"ACE has been the best experience that I have had as a student. I finished my Master in Teaching English Learners in 15 months. I had a perfect GPA until my second to last class. That class was my only disappointment. However, I passed it with an 87. I graduated with a 3.90. I highly recommend ACE."
Dr. Tiller Jr
  • Reviewed: 1/25/2022
  • Degree: Educational Leadership
"This program was very rigorous and demanding because it was completely online. You have to be very disciplined and carve out time to complete the necessary task. I really researched the school before I enrolled because I wanted to make sure they were so this is what I found. ACE is accredited by Higher Learning Commission on 1/1/2005 and reaffirmed 2014-2015 next will be 2024-2025 This information can be found at: https://www.hlcommission.org/component/directory/?Itemid=&Action=ShowBasic&instid=1067. One of the best parts of earning my degree is the tuition is very reasonable and I have almost paid off my loan two years after my degree. ACE also accepted some of my credits from my Ed.S."
Adam D Smith
  • Reviewed: 1/14/2022
  • Degree: Instructional Technology
"ACE is very big on project-based learning. There's a heavy focus on production, so if you're looking for a traditional lecture format you'll be disappointed. I think some of the low reviews here are from people who had the wrong expectations. The formatting is indeed very linear, but the readings and projects are interesting. The faculty are also very experienced, so they have a lot of good feedback. If you want to listen to professors talk for hours and take notes, this is not the program for you. Watch YouTube videos instead. If you want guided project-based learning for professionals by professionals, that's what you'll get."
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!"