American College of Education Reviews

  • 79 Reviews
  • Chicago (IL)
  • Annual Tuition: $6,273
73% of 79 students said this degree improved their career prospects
66% of 79 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

  • Reviewed: 5/5/2019
  • Degree: Education
"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."
Canadian Graduate
  • Reviewed: 5/3/2019
  • Degree: Educational Leadership
"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."
  • Reviewed: 4/30/2019
  • Degree: Education
"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."
  • Reviewed: 4/30/2019
  • Degree: Educational Leadership
"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."
H. Walker
  • Reviewed: 2/17/2019
  • Degree: Educational Leadership
"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!"
  • Reviewed: 2/15/2019
  • Degree: CAD/Computer Aided Drafting
"I have NO idea what everyone is whining and complaining about! I graduate with my Masters in July and ACE has been the BEST experience for me. I work full time and I have managed to get straight As in my program so far. Usually, the work is manageable and just takes a bit of discipline. Ive had some late nights and some frustrations, but there has never been anything assigned to me that I could not accomplish. The instructors have been very knowledgeable and supportive. Ive had such an amazing experience at ACE that I decided to go for my Doctorate in January. And no, I do not work for this institution. I am baffled by some of the people saying that the workload is too much for adults that work full time. I have not found that to be true. Attending this school will be the best decision you make for your sanity and career. As long as you have some self discipline and common sense, youll excel at this school."
Mr. K
  • Reviewed: 2/9/2019
  • Degree: Elementary Education
"I highly recommend this school for Master level programs. I earned my M.A. Degree while committed to my career and while committed to earning my degree; in other words, I spent long hours involved in both. There were few days that I remember getting only an hour to two of sleep because I was completing a paper or studying for an exam while working full-time. You will have to do the work. You will have to write your own papers. You will have to study for your exams. If you want a program that is one of the best values for your money...Go with ACE."
  • Reviewed: 1/14/2019
  • Degree: Education Administration
"Think twice before attending this school. I thought it sounded great to attend school online and signed up from overseas. After one week, I found the course work and adjusting to their computer system was going to be taxing. I asked the teacher for assistance but was put on hold and had to wait to find out the school was not for me. I asked for a refund as quickly as I could and was denied. Less than 1 week in school and my money was held. The school admits there is a challenge on coming on board and learning their system. Yet they make no concessions in work load, adjustment or refunds."
  • Reviewed: 1/4/2019
  • Degree: Educational Leadership
"Don't do it. You do 5 times more work then other doctoral programs. You spend more time trying to figure out what to do then you spend getting it done. The materials they provide you are irrelevant to the assignments. If you do plan on attending be ready to spend 50-60 hour a week writing papers and discussions. You will not get any instruction - just confusing directions on how to complete assignments. The masters program at ACE was great but the Doctoral program is a lot of busy work with little learning."
  • Reviewed: 12/31/2018
  • Degree: Elementary Education
"Unrealistic expectations for full time working students. Several articles to read and post by Wednesday, replay to two other peers, and a final project and test by the end of the week, every week for 5 straight weeks. Also, you should already know APA format before you begin."
  • Reviewed: 12/5/2018
  • Degree: Early Childhood Education
"First rate professors: Dr. E. is amazing! Lots of work if you are not organized. Strict deadlines. Grades are always in on the Thursday after the assignments are due. Each week, expect to write at least one paper, complete a discussion board, watch 4-5 presentations, read 4-5 peer reviewed journal articles, and take a quiz or final exam. The school offers lots of assistance/help, but I did not use of the services, so I cannot comment on them."
Barbara W.
  • Reviewed: 9/30/2018
  • Degree: Educational Leadership
"The program at American College of Education can be challenging if you are not self-motivated. You are required to write numerous papers, participate in discussions, and take quizzes and tests. There I are courses that require peer reviews, research, and inquiry with current administration. You get out of the program what you put in. Yes, its time consuming, and at times, challenging. It is a huge commitment that is worth the challenge."
  • Reviewed: 9/19/2018
  • Degree: ESL
"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."
  • Reviewed: 8/22/2018
  • Degree: Educational Leadership
"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."
  • Reviewed: 8/15/2018
  • Degree: Education
"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!"
Michael W. Weissberg
  • Reviewed: 7/21/2018
  • Degree: Education
"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!"
Carmen M Freund
  • Reviewed: 7/18/2018
  • Degree: Educational Leadership
"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."
Do not waste your time or money
  • Reviewed: 7/3/2018
  • Degree: ESL
"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."
  • Reviewed: 7/1/2018
  • Degree: Educational Leadership
"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."
  • Reviewed: 6/27/2018
  • Degree: Early Childhood Education
"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"