American College of Education Reviews

3.48 out of 5 stars
(74 Reviews)
  • Chicago (IL)
  • Annual Tuition: $6,273
73% of 74 students said this degree improved their career prospects
66% of 74 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars
Tom - 10/9/2019
Degree: English
Graduation Year: 2019
"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."
5.0 out of 5 stars
CM - 8/9/2019
Degree: Instructional Technology
Graduation Year: 2020
"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."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Elementary Department Chair - 7/23/2019
Degree: Educational Leadership
Graduation Year: 2016
"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!"
5.0 out of 5 stars
Steve - 5/15/2019
Degree: Educational Leadership
Graduation Year: 2019
"This school was exactly what I needed. As a 40 something father who works full time as a high school teacher, brick and mortar schooling was not an option. Truth be told, online education presents a different set of challenges. I found it more difficult than traditional schooling. However, it was worth it. This school understands that online learning is different and is constantly evolving to meet the needs of its students. I dealt with some wonderful faculty members, who encouraged me and challenged me to improve. At the dissertation stage they were extremely tough fair. I am very happy I chose to go to ACE."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Donald - 5/9/2019
Degree: Instructional Technology
Graduation Year: 2018
"Im very curious of those who reported low reviews of this fine online college. In some cases it was the technology (navigating, architecture) noted, which is still commensurate with most online institutions. In other cases it was the rigor some took exception to, something you would hope to see in a graduate level experience from any institution. I found the technical aspects of an online campus challenging and frustrating at times, but therein lies the rewards for those who persevere in an environment free of poster paper, smelly markers, and mind numbing presentations in a brick and mortar environment.The weekly mandate of digging into the research and challenging myself to produce graduate level papers on short timelines, was on par with any other institution. It was well worth it, and has already paid for itself in a short amount of time. In the past, I have witnessed colleagues submit less work in traditional environments from what most would consider fine institutions.Those who take issue with ACE should reconsider their angst and take their reviews inward. Thank you ACE for the value and professional advancement you brought to my life. Im extremely grateful."
4.7 out of 5 stars
Barbara - 5/5/2019
Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2019
"Having earned both my Bachelor and Master's Degree from different reputable brick and mortar schools, I was not really interested in online degrees. However, when a friend told me about American College of Education doctoral degree programs, I realized that ACE offered what I was looking for in leadership and in education. The content of my courses was current and relevant to my work as an educator and could be infused in my everyday practice. The work at ACE is not cakewalk, so working and studying full time at ACE was not the easiest undertaking. However, developing priorities and following a structured schedule made it manageable. When the challenge was hardest, particularly during the dissertation process, my chair and other members of my dissertation committee were very supportive. The team provided prompt constructive which helped in moving my work along a timeline that did not take forever. If you are considering graduate study, ACE is an excellent choice because of the affordability, the quality and relevance of the courses and the level of support that you are likely to get from the professors and the team assigned to guide you through your studies."
4.1 out of 5 stars
Canadian Graduate - 5/3/2019
Degree: Educational Leadership
Graduation Year: 2018
"Going through the doctoral program there were a number of frustrations. The course work was fantastic and some professors just like at brick and mortar institutions are great and some not so great. When I and a few others complained about the professionalism/feedback of one particular professor (not whining but scholarly concerns) I didn't seem them back teaching at ACE.(wonderful).That said my experiences are essentially very positive particularly with my Dissertation Chair and Committee members. I am a proud graduate and would definitely recommend ACE to take your scholarly journey."
4.0 out of 5 stars
Allie - 4/30/2019
Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2020
"I am surprised to see less-than-stellar reviews full of complaints. This school has fast-paced program; however, the workload each week is manageable for me (I have one full-time job, as well as two part-time jobs). I'm even involved in community activities, and I can still find time every day to complete my work. The professor in my current course is attentive, helpful, and provides useful feedback. If someone doesn't have a productive routine and does not have writing skills at the college/university level, it might be a deficit that needs more attention rather than complaining about the courses being "too hard." I actually find the course(s) very easy with a few new concepts to master."
5.0 out of 5 stars
M.C - 4/30/2019
Degree: Educational Leadership
Graduation Year: 2018
"I LOVED ACE. It was the perfect program for me. I was looking for something that I knew would be affordable and manageable for my life. I agree with comments that it takes discipline to complete the degree, however, what educational program doesn't? I graduated with a 4.0 and still kept up with my job and personal life. I also was AMAZED by the library and online resources. You can find research on any topic you are looking for. The structure is very clear and the staff is supportive. They do not offer grants, however, the the cost is affordable and they do offer different payment plans. When deciding on my degree program I read reviews as well. My advice- Go to ACE."
4.3 out of 5 stars
H. Walker - 2/17/2019
Degree: Educational Leadership
Graduation Year: 2019
"I really enjoyed this degree and getting to know other students. ACE has an orientation program to help you learn their system and most professors give very clear directions. If you need help, you can contact your professor, ask the other students, or contact your Success Coach. Everyone I have spoken to has been very friendly and ready to help. The work load is nothing more than I would expect for an expedited degree. If you follow the guidelines, do your work with integrity, and look at the rubrics, you will be successful. I finished the program with a 4.0 and in less than a year. I am beginning my dual Master's program on Monday!"
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