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I began attending classes at ACE two days after graduating with my BA at CSU, Channel Islands. I am a mother, run a business full-time, and have been in school for three years straight with no break. I am tired, but I am GRADUATING this weekend!!! I found the instructors helpful, attentive, answered my questions within the time frame stated on the syllabus, communicated comments for improvement on every assignment, and offered valuable feedback. I felt a sense of camaraderie with my classmates and as though I began to build formative relationships with others. I have even invited some to stop by my school if ever in my area! I am truly going to miss attending ACE as this has made a significant difference in my role as Director. Quality is of the utmost importance for early childhood and ACE is a wonderful program for any busy professional desiring a quality, affordable education. They offer scholarships and district discounts, too! They are accredited and this is the main thing that matters when determining where you will attend (besides quality and cost, both of which ACE possesses). Yes, they are strict on APA, but in the field of education, we must have excellent APA writing skills. I am very happy with ACE and have recommended this school to countless people!
I earned a Masters of Educational Leadership from ACE this year. I live in Maryland, and I work in one of the largest public school systems in the country. My county provided tuition reimbursement, and I ended up paying LESS than HALF of the $8,000 tuition. In addition, I used the payment plan for affordable monthly payments. Since my county ups the pay for a Bachelors +30, I received a significant payscale bump before graduating, so I was able to quickly benefit from the advantages of the degree. Once I completed my program and submitted transcripts to my county's Human Resource, they added an Administrator's endorsement, immediately qualifying me for multiple positions of administrative leadership outside of the classroom. Everything about my experience at this college has been top notch and professional. I graduated from one of the top universities in the nation for undergraduate, and I honestly say that I better enjoyed this experience and education. I am very proud. My diploma arrived this afternoon, and I have a great sense of accomplishment. The college reserved discounted rooms at one of my favorite hotels (4 star), and the ceremony is being held at the beautiful Palladium in Indiana (Google it to see pictures). The program moved quickly, and before I knew it, the ride was over. I highly suggest this high-quality, fast-paced, accredited college. I live in the Washington, DC, Maryland, Virginia tristate area. Many colleagues who have been Georgetown, Trinity, Catholic Universities say they follow the exact same format as ACE. We all have the same endorsement on our teaching certificates, but I saved more and enjoyed my experience. If I can do it - you can! I worked full-time teaching high school, community college adjunct instructor part-time, and consulted for 40 hours a month with the government - with a spouse, two teens, and a dog! The program still fit my life well - and I had time (a week between classes; longer for Christmas and New Year) to relax, live, and have fun.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.