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
Start Your Online College Search:

Student & Graduate Reviews

Great School
  • Reviewed: 5/3/2017
  • Degree: ESL
"ACE offered excellent advice regarding research. The coursework was challenging and rewarding. Overall, I highly recommend this program - especially to teachers currently working in the field. Concepts learned could be applied immediately to active learning environments."
Angela B
  • Reviewed: 4/2/2017
  • Degree: Education
"I found this educational institution a great experience.Its very challenging yet rewarding .I found all the instructors to be very thorough and gave meaningful feedback.I have learned a lot that I can apply to my daily occupation.I would highly recommend and for the price it's 8,500 for the entire masters program."
Middle School Reading Teacher
  • Reviewed: 3/6/2017
  • Degree: Curriculum & Instruction
"This is my third online schooling experience as an adult. When I first switched my career path from business to education, I even went through alternative teaching certification program online. This school is by far the best online education experience I have received so far. The instruction and curriculum is excellent considering how affordable the tuition is. I have been able to pay for classes as I go which has been great as I do not need to accumulate any additional student loan debt. Every time I have dealt with an ACE representative or professor, they have been kind, courteous, helpful, and respectful. I do not understand some of these other comments... if you sign up for a course, it has to be paid in full prior to the start date whether it is with cash or a loan. I do not understand why this school would refund your money if you withdraw or change your mind about a class. That is not generally how it works at any other school that I have attended. My one complaint is that a five week course seems to be a bit too short. I am glad that I am able to earn a Master's in 18 months, but at the same time - I would prefer courses that lasted 6-8 weeks so that I have more processing time for the new information. I have had a bachelor's degree since 2010 and no one has ever asked where I got it from in an interview, so I also don't understand comments suggesting that this particular school being listed on your resume will hurt you professionally in any way. Today more than ever, there are a billion types of schools with accreditation and I am sure that employers know that. I would recommend, no doubt! I love ACE!"
James Balard
  • Reviewed: 2/18/2017
  • Degree: Elementary Education
"I find the course relative to my teaching needs, and challenging as I work full-time and have to keep a strict schedule to maintain self organization and preparation for the course. There is a lot of reading and researching required for each course, and you will have to study the reading and research a bit more on your own to keep a good GPA. I've had colleagues taking Harvard certificate courses online and mentioned they had to follow the same format. As all universities and colleges require, it takes understanding the content and objectives, and putting in the time and hard work."
  • Reviewed: 1/30/2017
"Studying at ACE has been a great experience. It has helped me grow professionally and personally, and it is incredibly convenient. There are varying opinions on pretty much every aspect of the college (workload, cost, online vs brick & mortar credibility, etc.), but what I can tell you is that I greatly enjoyed my time studying here and it has opened fantastic doors for me professionally."
  • Reviewed: 1/25/2017
  • Degree: Higher Education
"They care about taking your money more than they value you continuing at their school. I dropped a class one day late. The teacher did not grade any of my work by then. So, I thought they would be understanding and give me a refund. I wanted to wait until later in the year to start classes because I found the workload to be too much at that time. They did not care about losing me as a student. They kept my almost $800. They give you less than a week to drop the class. One day too late, I found that the workload was too heavy for me. They require strict APA formatting for weekly papers and discussion posts. The discussion posts have to include 2 outside resources with APA citing. The schedule the classes have you on make the posts due by Wednesday night. You have only a few days to read up to 5 long and boring peer-reviewed articles, research and respond to a discussion prompt, and potentially watch the module if you really want to be able to answer the discussion post effectively. They do not tell you all of that when they send an email to describe the requirements. I am very unhappy with their poor customer service in regards to dropping the class a day late. Who would want to come back after them keeping $800 of your money, without any care of whether you return or not?"
ACE student
  • Reviewed: 1/24/2017
  • Degree: Educational Leadership
"Everyone has their own opinion, however, I found ACE to work around my schedule while offering affordable and applicable classes. With ACE the professions are very open. You are allowed to make the assignments your own. Being that all adult learners are at different stages in life, this process gives you the freedom to apply what you are learning."
Ed.D. Student
  • Reviewed: 11/22/2016
  • Degree: Education
"Employers will turn you away if ACE is on your resume! Happening to me now! You get what you pay for. This ended up being a degree mill. Students write useless papers, get no feedback, earn A's and graduate... HUGE regrets I will never get my money back. This school PURCHASED their accreditation from a bankrupt school called Barat College. Google It! ... and attend a real school instead."
  • Reviewed: 10/21/2016
  • Degree: Health Sciences
"I withdrew from ACE after 2 weeks. The professor was unresponsive to questions and requests for assistance, the course content is outdated, and the program very isolating. I deeply regret letting the low cost convince me to attend this school. It's truly not worth it. Spend a more to get a quality education somewhere else."
  • Reviewed: 10/11/2016
  • Degree: Mathematics
"I dropped this program after the first week. I was working on a certificate in the content area of mathematics which is advertised for secondary and college level instructors. The discussion the first week of one of the courses MATH.5113 was all about primary education and modeling using manipulatives, pictures, and representations. STAY CLEAR OF THIS SCHOOL - THEY ARE JUST AFTER YOUR MONEY AND DO NOT CARE ABOUT THE PROGRAM YOU RECEIVE - JUST BECAUSE IT GOT ACCREDITED DOES NOT MEAN THEY HAVE QUALITY COURSES - STAY AWAY FROM THIS SCHOOL"
John S
  • Reviewed: 8/13/2016
  • Degree: Art & Design
"First could the instruction be better? I suppose it could be but I can say that at every school. The facts are this, ACE has low tuition and is Regionally Accredited. Would you feel better if ACE charge you 4 times as much for the same thing, low tuition and accreditation means something to me. Pay more elsewhere as it is your money but the fact remains this school is growing a great reputation for a reason. The courses are outstanding and as I am a training manager for a Fortune 10 company I can tell you this, ACE has earned my respect and has advanced mty career."
  • Reviewed: 8/2/2016
  • Degree: Educational Leadership
"Very Relevant program. Highly recommended for working adults. Not a diploma mill but an online rigorous program that requires you to read but as a professional in your field it is not difficult. Education should be thoughtful and conversational. This was provided and the professors really checked my submitted work. I really like the program that checked your written work that aids in someone not plagiarizing and writing poorly. Recommended for professionals in their field."
  • Reviewed: 7/22/2016
  • Degree: Elementary Education
"I chose to use the American College of Education for my masters program as it was a program for current teachers and educators. It was a program made for online learning, with some of the best leaders in education to facilitate the learning process. It was a lot of work, but supported me effectively. I loved the experience so much that I am now obtaining my Ed. D. from also!"
  • Reviewed: 6/4/2016
  • Degree: Education Administration
"The program is convenient being all online. The instructors are PhDs or EdDs from universities across the country and bring with them a wide variety of expertise. The program is consistent in that each course builds on the previous courses and has the same format. There are no textbooks, rather there is required reading of professional and peer reviewed journal articles as well as outside reading. The assignments within each course builds upon each other logically."
A student
  • Reviewed: 5/15/2016
  • Degree: Education
"If you are looking for an easy and cheap masters, this it. If you have a teaching job and want to move up the pay scale, you won't regret going with ACE. They are accredited, and the program goes fast. By the end, I was knocking out 3 credit classes at about 10 hours of work each class. Not each credit, each class. If you actually want to learn, I have no idea if this program is any good. I never read the assigned readings or took the assignments seriously. All that matters is you write enough, use ed-speak buzzwords, and cite in APA. Very few profs actually cared what you wrote about. Some clearly just used copy and pasted feedback. Here is the work you need to do each week: 1 discussion post, 2 replies to discussions, 1 quiz (5 questions multiple choice) and 1 paper (3 pages, double spaced). Do that 5 times=3 grad credits. The last quiz is a final, 20 questions, multiple choice. Sometimes the papers were projects, like powerpoints, or making a video with an online tool. The multiple choice questions ranged from really obvious to anyone, all the way to annoyingly obscure. The annoying ones meant going through the course materials and looking for how something was phrased. For the most part, the quizzes and tests were fairly easy even if you just scanned the materials. You basically get 100% for your discussion posts, just do them on time. The grading of papers varied by prof, use your first as a feeler each class. I kept lowering the quality of mine as I went through the program."
  • Reviewed: 11/21/2015
  • Degree: Educational Leadership
"Don't waste your time. The tuition is low and so is the quality of instruction. You don't select your next courses, somebody else does it, and often times you do not get the 1-2 week break between courses. No textbooks =no real world application. Run from this school as fast as you can because this school is nothing more than a diploma mill."
Cheryl Phillips
  • Reviewed: 8/17/2015
  • Degree: Curriculum & Instruction
"The classes were rigorous and informative. I loved being able to complete my master's degree from home since I had just had a baby. It was well laid out, expectations were clear, and it was extremely organized. If I had the choice again, I would definitely do the same thing."
  • Reviewed: 4/17/2015
  • Degree: Education
"I obtained my Masters degree from ACE (in Education with a specialization in TESOL) while working as a full time instructor in South Korea. I loved the 5 week structure, to echo the sentiments from the earlier review. The classwork itself was challenging but not impossible in my opinion. It's definitely not one of those schools where you can submit anything and get a 100. Granted some professors were more picky than others, but I felt the grading was pretty fair overall. Not having to purchase physical textbooks (a godsend for me being in a foreign country with no Amazon to order from) was fantastic. Although not perfect, they did put a lot of effort into the library and always sent notifications when it would be down, even if for just an hour. Each class has the usual requirement of discussion board posts/replies and an essay-like paper to be submitted every week. There are also short quizes every week that come directly from the class notes (and rarely from the readings). In lieu of a thesis, there is a cumulative capstone project that requires an original contribution at the conclusion of the degree. As you are able to submit classwork as you progress, I found this to be simple and easy (it would be a nightmare if you waited until your last few courses to complete it). My only complaint (besides the occasional bad professor) would be the long time it took to confer my degree and then get the diploma (looking at around 2 months or more after completing all requirements). All in all, I'm proud of the work I did there and felt that I learned a lot to help me in my profession. It's not the cheapest or easiest school, but it does have regional/national accredidation and makes an effort to give you a decent education. I'd recommend it to anyone. Now I am considering their Ed.D program, but we'll see..."
Elyse Damiani
  • Reviewed: 7/24/2014
  • Degree: Educational Leadership
"I found the online degree program through ACE to be rigorous and relevant, but also extremely convenient. I loved that I didn't have to leave my house to get my education (except for the internship part of the education leadership degree). The workload was sometimes intense, but I also enjoyed the structured of the 5 week classes, with a one week break. It was nice to be able to focus on one class at a time intensely, instead of several classes over a long semester. In a recent interview, I actually quoted some information from the school law class almost verbatim. I was glad to have had that knowledge which directly impacted my ability to answer questions correctly in a real interview. The ACE program is also more affordable then a traditional college degree, which is helpful to a struggling teacher wanting to continue their education. All in all, I would recommend ACE to future educators who are looking to advance their careers."