Dec 15, 2018  
ACE Catalog - Volume 20 
  
ACE Catalog - Volume 20

Accreditation and Approvals



College Accreditation

Regional Accreditation
American College of Education is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, Illinois, 60604; 1-800-621-7440; (www.hlcommission.org). The College’s accreditation includes approval to offer degree programs through distance education via the Internet. 

Program Accreditation

American College of Education’s Professional Education Program, M.Ed. in Educational Leadership, which is designed to provide graduate students with the essential knowledge, skills, and abilities to become school principals, is granted accreditation by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) for a period of seven years, from May 3, 2013 to May 3, 2020. This accreditation certifies that the forenamed professional education program has provided evidence that the program adheres to TEAC’s quality principles.

American College of Education’s Professional Education Program, M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction, which is designed to provide graduate students with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to become instructional leaders in their classrooms, schools, and/or district, is granted accreditation by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) for a period of seven years, from May 3, 2013 to May 3, 2020. This accreditation certifies that the forenamed professional education program has provided evidence that the program adheres to TEAC’s quality principles.

American College of Education’s Professional Education Programs, M.Ed. in English as a Second Language and Bilingual Education (formerly M.Ed. in English as a Second Language, M.Ed. in Bilingual Education), which is designed to provide graduate students with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to work with nonnative speakers of English and to become instructional leaders and advocates in their classrooms, schools, and/or districts, are granted accreditation by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) for a period of seven years, from May 3, 2013 to May 3, 2020. This accreditation certifies that the forenamed professional education programs have provided evidence that the programs adhere to TEAC’s quality principles.

American College of Education’s Professional Education Program, M.Ed. in Educational Technology, which is designed to prepare graduate students to lead the integration of technology into curriculum, instruction, and assessment in their classrooms, schools, and/or districts, is granted accreditation by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) for a period of seven years, from May 3, 2013 to May 3, 2020. This accreditation certifies that the forenamed professional education program has provided evidence that the program adheres to TEAC’s quality principles.

State Approvals 

Indiana Board for Proprietary Education

American College of Education is authorized by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education, Indiana Board for Proprietary Education in accordance with Indiana Administrative Code IC 21-18.5-6-12 and is approved to offer all programs listed in the College Catalog.

State Board of Nursing/State Agency approvals to offer the Master’s Degree in Nursing program (RN to MSN)

Some states require the review and approval of a post-RN program by the State Board of Nursing or specific state agency before it can be offered within a state. ACE has obtained State Board of Nursing/State Agency program approval to offer the Master’s Degree in Nursing program (RN to MSN) from the State Board of Nursing/State Agency listed below:

Georgia Nonpublic Post-Secondary Education Commission (GNPEC)
2082 East Exchange Place Suite 220
Tucker, Georgia, 30084-5305
770-414-3300
http://www.gnpec.georgia.gov/​

Wisconsin
Wisconsin Educational Approval Board 
Department of Safety and Professional Services
1400 East Washington Avenue
P.O. Box 8935
Madison, Wisconsin 53703
608-266-1996
[email protected]
www.eab.state.wi.us

American College of Education has been approved and is legally authorized to do business in the state of Wisconsin as a private post-secondary school, subject to the provisions of section 38.50 Wisconsin Statutes, and all administrative rules adopted pursuant to the statutes. Approval includes only those programs and those locations specifically approved by the Board.

State Board of Nursing/State Agency exemption to offer the Master’s Degree in Nursing program (RN to MSN)

Because ACE offers a post-RN Nursing program online and does not have a physical presence in the state and is an approved member of the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), ACE is either exempt from or otherwise not required to obtain State Board of Nursing program approval to offer the Master’s Degree in Nursing program (RN to MSN) from the following states listed below.

Alaska, Alabama Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, D.C., Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

Professional Licensure

American College of Education offers four graduate degree programs, four certificate programs, and four course sequences for endorsement that prepare students for licensure eligibility or the addition of certain content areas to an existing license*.

  • Education Specialist in District Level Administration
  • Master of Education in Educational Leadership
  • Master of Arts in Elementary Teaching
  • Master of Arts in Secondary Teaching
  • Transition to Teaching in Elementary Education
  • Transition to Teaching in Secondary Education
  • Certificate in Teaching English Learners
  • Certificate in Virtual Instruction
  • Bilingual Education Endorsement
  • English as a Second Language Endorsement
  • Early Childhood Special Education Endorsement
  • Learning Behavior Specialist I (LBSI) Endorsement

The following state agencies have approved the listed programs as preparing students for licensure or the addition of certain content areas to an existing license in their state.

Arizona Department of Education, State Board of Education

The Master of Arts in Elementary Teaching program is approved by the Arizona Department of Education, State Board of Education as leading to an Arizona Standard Professional Elementary-Grades K-8 certificate.

Arizona has other teaching certificate requirements, including but not limited to the passage of a subject knowledge test and receipt of a fingerprint verification card.  You can access a list of these requirements here.

Arizona Department of Education
1535 West Jefferson Street
Phoenix, Arizona 85007
602-542-5393
http://www.azed.gov/adeinfo/contact/

Florida Department of Education Bureau of Educator Certification

The M.Ed. in Educational Leadership program offered by American College of Education has been approved by the Florida Department of Education, Bureau of Educator Certification as a preparatory program for persons applying for Certification in Educational Leadership to be eligible to receive certification as a school principal in Florida.

Florida Department of Education
Bureau of Educator Certification
Suite 1514, Turlington Building
325 West Gaines Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0400
800-245-0505
www.fldoe.org/edcert

Indiana Department of Education, State Board of Education

The M.Ed. in Educational Leadership program offered by American College of Education is approved by the Indiana State Board of Education as a preparatory program for persons applying for the addition of the Building Level Administrator (P-12) content area to their license.

The Master of Arts in Elementary Teaching and Master of Arts in Secondary Teaching and the Certificate in Transition to Teaching (T2T) graduate programs are approved by the Indiana Department of Education for an initial teacher license, with the T2T graduate certificate programs leading to an initial elementary generalist teaching license and initial secondary teacher license in Indiana.

Indiana has other teaching licensing requirements, including but not limited to the passage of a pedagogy exam for the level of license sought, certification in CPR/AED/Heimlich training, and receipt of a Suicide Prevention Training certificate.

The Ed.S. in District Level Administration program is approved by the Indiana Department of Education for the addition of Indiana’s P-12 district-level administrator content area to one’s existing Indiana teaching license. 

The certificate in Teaching English Learners is approved by the Indiana Department of Education for the addition of the English Learners content are to one’s existing Indiana teaching license.  The addition of English learners’ content to one’s existing Indiana teaching license requires coursework and testing.  You can access a list of these areas here.

The certificate in Virtual Instruction is approved by the Indiana Department of Education.  Certificate outcomes are designed to meet Indiana’s standards for the addition of the Virtual Instruction content area to an existing Indiana license.

Indiana Department of Education
State Board of Education
South Tower Street, Suite 600
115 West Washington Street
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204
(317) 232-6610
www.doe.in.gov/idoe

Ohio Department of Higher Education

The M.Ed. in Educational Leadership program offered by American College of Education is approved by the Ohio Department of Higher Education as a preparatory program for persons apply for Ohio Building Principal Licenses (grades PK-6, grades 4-9, and grades 5-12).

Ohio Department of Higher Education
30 East Broad Street, 36th Floor
Columbus, OH  43215-414
614-466-6000
www.OhioHigherEd.org

Texas Education Agency

The M.Ed. in Educational Leadership program offered by American College of Education is approved by the Texas Education Agency as a preparatory program leading to an administrator/building principal certification in Texas.

Texas Education Agency
William B. Travis Building
1701 N. Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78701
512-463-9734
www.tea.state.tx.us

Course Sequence Approval

For the Addition of Certain Content Areas to an Existing State License

Illinois State Board of Education

The Illinois State Board of Education has approved specific courses and sequences as meeting the coursework requirements for an endorsement to an Illinois professional educator license in the areas of Bilingual Education, English as a Second Language, Learning Behavior Specialist 1, and Early Childhood Special Education. 

Illinois State Board of Education
100 N. 1st Street
Springfield, IL 62777
866-262-6663
http://www.isbe.net/licensure/

A Note on Licensure, Certification and Endorsements

The requirements for professional licensure, certification, endorsement, salary increase, and related employment benefits vary from state to state and district to district and change frequently and without notice. ACE program completers seeking such benefits may be required to satisfy additional state or district specific requirements. While ACE makes every reasonable effort to remain abreast of state licensure requirements, the College neither implies nor guarantees that the completion of an ACE degree or certificate program will result in eligibility for licensure, certification, endorsement, salary increase, or related employment benefit in any state. Prospective students are strongly advised to confirm the benefit(s) for which they may be eligible upon completion with their state’s licensure agency prior to enrolling in an American College of Education degree or certificate program.

The National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC) has negotiated licensure reciprocity agreements among states. This means that if you earn teacher or administrator licensure in Indiana, you may be able to gain licensure in in the state in which you live or intend to teach or administrate. NASDTEC agreements can be found on the NASDTEC website.

 

*Graduates of programs which are approved to lead to licensure, endorsement, or certification may be subject to additional requirements for the receipt of initial licensure, endorsement, or certification in the state in which students intend to teach or administrate.  Students are responsible for confirming whether they are eligible for licensure, endorsement, or certification in the state in which they intend to teach or administrate. It is vitally important that students know and be continually aware of the requirements for licensure, endorsement, or certification in the state in which they intend to teach or administrate.