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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 ACE.edu also!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.