American College of Education Reviews

  • 94 Reviews
  • Chicago (IL)
  • Annual Tuition: $5,321
73% of 94 students said this degree improved their career prospects
68% of 94 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

Alex S.
  • Reviewed: 1/15/2023
  • Degree: RN to BSN
"No financial aid accepted, online instructions confusing and challenging, the workload is overwhelming for every class that last 5 weeks, the students have to do the feedback for other students, writing papers APA that have to be sent to a website to verify plagiarism (quotations will affect % of plagiarism), teacher has 24-48h to answer student questions, ATI quizzes that are a waste of time, we do not need to take Nclex since we are already RN's; Must take 2 10 week classes that are part of the MSN program at ACE even if you are only doing the BSN, classes are not transferable nor part of a RNP program at another university. I drop this school in the first week."
Tawana Hughes
  • Reviewed: 12/26/2022
  • Degree: Education Administration
"I completed the EDS program in leadership and will return to complete the EDD program in Leadership. The ACE program has been an amazing experience from the beginning to the end because of the workload,professor support and practical knowledge gained. The ACE program does not require textbook,instead ACE requires students to be researchers and self motivated learners. I appreciate having no textbook because it forces the student to research and be innovative in completing assignments. The workload was practical and it stretched the student's thinking. The professors were always available and willing to provide support for the success of the students. I have recommended ACE to 2 co-workers and they both have started the EDD program. They are also happy with ACE. Lastly,the cost is motivating to the student reaching the dream of gaining a EDD."
Tammy
  • Reviewed: 12/16/2022
  • Degree: Early Childhood Education
"I am more than halfway through the coursework for my master's program. I did not think I would be here anytime soon. The classes are five weeks at a time and though there are no live lectures some of my professors make themselves available for weekly zoom calls. I will complete my studies in 2 months and I am so excited. The work was not been a walk in the park, there were days when I thought I was bound for failure, especially for the first class, but yet still I stand. I wished that in the beginning, we had more guidance to find PowerPoints to figure out the quiz. However, I am active duty military and if I can do it with the help of God, you can do it too. I have not regretted it and I am on track with all A's. To God be the glory!"
Chris
  • Reviewed: 12/2/2022
  • Degree: ESL
"I'm shocked by some of the reviews. I completed most of my program from overseas in China. My instructors were always which to respond, even though the tone change was inconvenient. The program was amazing as it prepared me in REAL TIME for the work I was doing. When I needed help getting the degree authenticated and sent to China, they were extremely patient and helpful in making that happen."
Forrest Flinn, BBA, MBA, EdS
  • Reviewed: 10/26/2022
  • Degree: Educational Leadership
"I just finished my Education Specialist degree in leadership and am now in the doctoral program. So far, the experience has been good. I'm not going to lie or candy coat this: it's a lot of hard work and sacrifice. Some classes are more demanding than others. The most challenging courses were research methods and statistics for me. I am a lifelong learner, and ACE is perfect for my goals financially, academically, and professionally. You have to be good at managing time (this is where the sacrifice comes in) and make the commitment. I take one class a term, and it took me two and a half years to complete the EdS. If I can do this, you can too. Best regards to your academic dreams!"
Jose Tuset
  • Reviewed: 10/7/2022
  • Degree: Curriculum & Instruction
"A rigorous program that requires a huge amount of course work, with a strong focus on collaboration and project based learning. Tuition is excellent as are the professors. If you're looking for a cheap, quick and easy pathway to an M.Ed., look elsewhere."
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."