American College of Education Reviews

  • 106 Reviews
  • Chicago (IL)
  • Annual Tuition: $5,321
73% of 106 students said this degree improved their career prospects
65% of 106 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

Scott Moreno
  • Reviewed: 9/9/2023
  • Degree: ESL
"I am so disappointed with my experience at ACE. The courses could be better designed and easier to follow. I don't know if a school of education knows how to educate. I have a Bachelor's, 2 Master's degrees, a PH.D., and an Ed.D. I have done online at three different schools. This is the worst experience I have ever had, and I went to for-profit schools. I feel like this is more of a scam than the for-profit schools ever were I would stay away."
Mireille Archer
  • Reviewed: 7/27/2023
  • Degree: Educational Leadership
"Attending ACE was a wonderful experience. The Adjunct faculty members were helpful, encouraging. The staffs always check up to ensure all is going well and if assistance was needed. I have and will continue to recommend ACE for continued education when pursuing a career."
  • Reviewed: 6/28/2023
  • Degree: Instructional Technology
"Great program! I find the readings and video lectures useful and a great reference for my job. I appreciate the opportunity to interact with classmates to share ID resources and ideas. Professors go above and beyond to set office hours and answer questions. One of them, takes the time to recorded a videos to provide feedback."
  • Reviewed: 6/25/2023
  • Degree: Teaching
"The other negative reviews are accurate. Canned curriculum, readings that don’t relate to the modules in meaningful ways, professors who can’t really clarify the assignments, heavily recycled materials, library is frustrating to use. It’s a paper mill, but a paper mill wrapped in trial by ordeal."
Angela Fitzpatrick
  • Reviewed: 5/24/2023
  • Degree: Instructional Technology
"One of the major issues I encountered was the lack of guidance and examples provided during projects. It often felt as though we were thrown into the deep end without clear directions or tutorials. This lack of direction made it challenging to navigate through assignments and felt like a waste of time when I spent 98% of this course googling. It would have been beneficial to have concrete examples or real-world applications to refer to, enabling a better understanding of the expectations and objectives. Becoming an instructional designer means being able to create courses and understand technology. At no point is there any technology taught but just expected for learners to find the tools themselves and then self-teach the skills necessary. Please start teaching actual skills for instructional design. In hindsight, considering the financial investment required, I can't help but wonder if self-education through online resources like YouTube would have provided a better educational experience. Save your money; you will end up teaching yourself anyway."
  • Reviewed: 5/21/2023
  • Degree: Instructional Technology
"ACE is a wonderful place to earn your doctorate. I loved my professors and the support from other staff along the way. While I felt like some of the classes had information that I knew already, I tried to find a way to make it new and apply it to my career. I had a goal to become a college professor, and by earning this degree, I have achieved my goal!"
Richelle Jose
  • Reviewed: 5/12/2023
  • Degree: Instructional Technology
"ACE gave me the flexibility I needed to pursue my Masters but still earn a time and money worthy degree. It was challenging enough to push you to learn new things but also has bandwidth to where you can show your individuality and creativity. I enjoyed my time at ACE and improved upon skills helping in my new job. My writing skills definitely improved and I learned networking, new applications, and gained a strong foundation for training/teaching. I’m more well rounded and ACE helped me cultivate those skills."
Janet Torres
  • Reviewed: 4/22/2023
"I agree with the previous review. Professors want you to follow a sample paper and if you do not "carbon" copy the style of the paper, or use "words" and "sentences" recommended you will NOT receive a good grade. I am not paying for a computer to grade my papers. You have to navigate through SO many postings to find information. The readings and videos are old. The class did not help me with the goals I wanted or was hoping to achieve. You are basically asked to write a lesson plan and answer questions to develop a paper. I have done this a thousand times. Not helpful for the money."
  • Reviewed: 3/28/2023
"Unfortunately, the courses are very out dated. Old laws are still discussed and the videos are pre-recorded and some blurry because they are so low quality. Most professors give a valiant effort to comply, but the courses are a one-size-fits-all (so hopefully you get a supportive professor!) Some professors provide examples, others do not. I am a full time teacher, with two small children at home and I manage properties. I have been planning on completing my capstone, fitting it into all the small time slots I have. Now, with just two courses left until I graduate, they are CHANGING the capstone. The 'support coaches' give very little help and refer to the general announcements that have been sent out to all students. I would encourage this school to review their organizational goals and aim for consistency and better communication of expectations with students."
  • Reviewed: 3/22/2023
  • Degree: RN to BSN
"I had a horrible experience and I’m not recommending this to anyone who wants to succeed. There was so communication and clarification throughout program. I didn’t get any feedback and had no support and nobody cares about your hard work. They call you 100 times before you enrol into program but they don’t care about you later on."
  • Reviewed: 3/19/2023
  • Degree: Curriculum & Instruction
"So many red flags: -You don't register yourself; they register you for classes -The teachers don't teach; the college creates all curricula. The teachers are just figureheads (you know what other school does this? University of Phoenix) -The counselors take DAYS to respond if they respond at all -The instructors take DAYS to respond if they respond at all -Assignments are due on Sunday, but the instructors will not respond on weekends -The first class is unnecessary, and I'm upset that I had to pay for it -The assigned reading rarely relates to the material -Sticking to the length requirement on assignments will result in more points lost than artificially bolstering the length -You don't actually get to do it in your own time; you are limited to 3 breaks, regardless of the length of the semester -You will teach yourself everything -Asking for help results in a professor sending an article unrelated to the question you asked"
Taylor Ingles
  • Reviewed: 3/17/2023
  • Degree: Liberal Arts
"American College of Education makes is easy to get a degree while still working full time and parenting! The online format is easy to manipulate, there are a ton of resources for students, and if I go back for my doctorate, I will get a 5% discount on tuition!"
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."
  • 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!"
  • 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!"
  • 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."