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Expectations are unrealistic. 4 papers and a final exam ALL for one class is ridiculous and an untrainable goal for full time workers. DO NOT enroll in this program!!! Online classes are very difficult and there was no training on all of the requirements. The instructor expected you to learn APA format in 2 days. I am not happy and feel I wasted my money.
If you do not already know what your dissertation topic will be, then this is not the school for you. The ACE doctorate is a completely DIY program. If you ask the instructors for guidance they will only say "pick whatever topic you want." Also, you will not receive helpful feedback on assignments. If you ask for clarification, it will not be given. But on the plus side, if you know your topic and are a self-starter, then this program is the obvious choice--it's so much less expensive than other online programs and you can miss the entire point of an assignment and still get 100% as long as you don't miss any deadlines (there is NO late work accepted). Sadly, I did not have a solid topic in mind before I started the program, so the entire experience has been frustrating, hence the 1-star rating.
Overall, some of the courses in the program were very interesting and taught me a lot. Some were instead just review and busy work of things I had already learned previously. I liked that everything was online and fairly accelerated...classes every 6 weeks. I was able to submit all of my work easily and earned an A in all of my classes. Unlike some of the other reviews state, I never had any issues with my professors getting back to me when I had questions. They were always very responsive and fast. I enjoyed my time at ACE!
Phenomenal! Great professors, wonderful curriculum, true value. I recommend this school without reservation. Halfway through I got two job offers and a promotion. Best choice I ever made. Im continuing with the EdD in August 2018. I LOVED my EdS program. They CARED about me!
I am currently working on my Doctorate in Education and Leadership. The only negative comment I have is the instructors should be more active however, since I now am working on my concept paper I have had continuous support I hope to finish by May 2019. I enjoy the format used and appreciate the people I have engaged with during this educational journey. I originally was enrolled in Capella university Doctorate program.That program was so expensive and unfortunately the instructor assigned as my mentor never spoke with me.
I am currently one class away from receiving my degree and received an email 1 week to the start of class, stating that I would need to pay the course up front or get dropped from the program due to retaking a course?! Problem is, this stipulation was never stated and I called a few months ago to ensure that the payment plan that I have been on will cover the summer course and was told it would be taken out of my paycheck once school resumes in the Fall, and I would receive my degree when the course is paid in full. Prior to this happening, I took classes with ACE four years ago to receive my ESL endorsement and had a nice experience. After a little research, I discovered that I could receive my Masters in ESL if completed within five years of the classes I took for the endorsement (the courses from the endorsement would carry over, thus I was half done with the Masters degree). ACE seemed to be a reasonable and smart choice to obtain my Master's degree as they also work with my school district by deducting money from my paycheck bi-weekly. I would just have to ensure that I complete the courses prior to October 2018. Lo and behold if I do not take this course in July or August, the next time to take the course is October (Thus, I would have to take the course I took in October of 2013 again providing ACE with more money). After reading the other reviews, I am realizing that unethical practices may be a typical pattern of ACE. I have emailed and called ACE to work the financial situation out to no avail. I have written a complaint after discovering that my balance shows different prices in different sections, and no one has contacted me. I have every reason to believe that I am being swindled as customer service was once overly helpful and now are not providing adequate information about my balance or responding to my emails or complaints. Talking on the phone was also useless as the staff has no explanation as to why I was told I could continue on the payment plan after pulling up my information and class history. Do not waste your time or money. If you do, get everything in writing.
I see a number of negative comments about the program. That is not my experience. Was there frustrations? You bet, one of which was the contradictory direction and feedback from different professors. That said, my dissertation Chair and committee members were outstanding. Incredible support and feedback. I truly felt they wanted me to succeed, not just get me through. Yes there were many changes in the program but thats how the program gets better.
Don't take a class through this school if you have a deadline to meet. They will take their time getting you a grade. It's impossible to speak to anyone in a specific department especially the registrar. They can only be reached via email and even then, they are not answering your question. My so called advisor was little to no help, not following through with anything she said she would do. All around terrible experience. Save your money
I am halfway through my program at ACE, and find it to be both extremely useful, and affordable. The lessons have honestly had a great impact on my teaching and make me think about how I can improve my teaching/classroom. The professors have been helpful and provide feedback each week through discussions, or for my weekly research papers. I am not sure about the other programs, but the M.Ed programs are very helpful, and although challenging, I am able to do the work along with working full time in Shanghai. This is an extremely beneficial program for anyone living abroad who is trying to seek a M.Ed.
I graduated with a Doctor of Education in 2018. I found the coursework to be good, but not particularly challenging (typical of most coursework in American doctoral programs). The dissertation is really what a doctorate is all about and I was not disappointed. I received a lot of faculty support from my committee and others and was challenged to produce my best work. The program changes which others are complaining about would actually make me recommend the program more. While I had no problems completing the program in a reasonable time, the new changes seem well-designed for student success. The changes include dedicating specific courses to the development of dissertation chapters rather than just being in a continuous "Crafting a Dissertation" course each term. Overall, I was very happy with my experience.