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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!
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 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.
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.
ACE is a good school, especially if you put in the effort to learn. It tries to balance value for the student with low cost. Most assignments provide the ability to learn something relevant in a low stress environment. I've only had 1 bad instructor, most range from helpful to very helpful. I have offered feedback on several occasions and have felt listened too, which speaks to a student-centric climate. The doctoral program has been reorganized, it sounds like for the better but it is too early to tell. I am not sure if I would attend this school if I wanted to get a degree and teach at a university, but for a professional who is already employed, it is a good fit.
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.
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.
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.