Nov 29, 2021  
ACE Catalog - Volume 33 
  
ACE Catalog - Volume 33

Admissions Information



Prospective students of American College of Education will complete a process for admission to either a specific program or to the College at-large. Each level of entry has requirements addressed in this catalog in addition to expectations for both professional and personal conduct.

Admissions Requirements

All applicants to academic programs at American College of Education must:

  • Complete the application form.
  • Submit the application fee. The fee is valid for three hundred and sixty-five (365) days from the date of the initial application.
    • The non-refundable application fee is charged and collected and then applied towards tuition for the following groups of applicants: 
      • Graduates of ACE degree programs.
      • Completers of ACE certificate and micro-credential programs.
      • U.S. Veterans, active military members, members of the National Guard and Reserves and current spouses of each as verified through submission of a valid military ID or copy of DD214.
      • First responders defined as EMT/EMS, Firefighters, or Law Enforcement Officers.
    • Once the student has started school, a tuition credit for the application fee will be applied for their first/next course term charge. If the student doesn’t start school or is administratively withdrawn, the application fee will not be refunded, unless required by state law.
  • For Post-Baccalaureate Level (Master’s and Doctorate) Applicants: *Provide official transcripts from an institution, accredited by an accrediting agency accepted by American College of Education, indicating successful completion of the level of education required for entry to the program, and credits to be considered for transfer into a program. Coursework completed at American College of Education will also be reviewed from the applicant’s existing file.
  • For Bachelor’s Level and RN to MSN applicants: Provide official transcripts from an institution that is accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education indicating successful completion of the level of education required for entry to the program, and credits to be considered for transfer into a program. Coursework completed at American College of Education will also be reviewed from the applicant’s existing file.
  • Submit an Enrollment Agreement.

International Transcript Requirements

Transcripts that are international and/or not in English must be evaluated through an evaluation agency credentialed through National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) (www.naces.org).

International applicants must request the course-by-course evaluation. The evaluation report must show that the non-U.S. education is equivalent to the education/accreditation level required for the program.

English as Second Language Applicants

All applicants whose degree was earned from a country where English is not the official language must demonstrate competence in the English language in one of the following ways:

  1. Submission of an official transcript showing a degree from a United States secondary school or regionally accredited college/university.
  2. Submission of an official minimum score on the paper or internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exams.
    • The minimum TOEFL score required for the internet-based version is 80, and the paper-based version requires a minimum TOEFL score of 20 for each of the three skills: Reading, Listening, and, Writing.
    • The minimum IELTS score required is 6.5. Note: IELTS is not acceptable for Texas programs leading to certification.
    • The testing agency must send test scores directly to American College of Education.
  3. Applicants to the Texas Educational Leadership program whose first language is not English must submit a minimum scaled score of 24 for speaking, 22 for listening, 22 for reading, and 21 for writing from the Internet-Based TOEFL (IBT) or evidence of an undergraduate or graduate degree earned at an institution of higher education in a country outside of the United States listed in Figure: 19 TAC §230.11(b)(5)(C).

Additional evidence may be required to fulfill state requirements, including but not limited to verification of professional experience, test scores, or an interview. 

*Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Higher Learning Commission, Middle States Commission on Higher Education, New England Commission on Higher Education, Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, WASC Senior College and University Commission

Admission Limitations

Applicants to some programs must submit a written essay and/or recorded interview as part of the admission requirements. Candidates who are required to submit a written component or interview as part of the application process will be limited to two attempts within one calendar year and three attempts total during their application to the college.

Admission Requirements by Program

Ed.D & Ed.S Programs


Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction
Ed.D. in Instructional Technology
Ed.D. in Leadership
Ed.D. in Nursing Education 
Ed.D. in Public Health Education
Ed.D. in Second Language Instruction
 
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Ed.S. in Curriculum and Instruction 
Ed.S. in Instructional Technology 
Ed.S. in Leadership
Ed.S. in Nursing Education
Ed.S. in Public Health Education
Ed.S. in Second Language Instruction
 
Minimum Level of
Education Required
Minimum Grade Point
Average on a 4.0 Scale
for Full Admission
Minimum Cumulative Grade
Point Average on a 4.0 Scale
for Provisional Admission

Master’s or Doctoral level

3.0

Provisional admission is not permitted.

Other Requirements
  • Submit a current curriculum vitae (preferred) or resume.
  • Submit a goal statement, in response to department-specific prompts. 
  • Complete an Interview.
  • Nursing Education ONLY: must provide evidence of active unencumbered registered nursing (RN) license. 

 

Master’s Degree Programs


Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction
Master of Education in Elementary Education
Master of Education in English as a Second Language and Bilingual Education
Master of Education in Integrated Curriculum
Master of Education in Literacy
Master of Education in Special Education
Master of Education in STEM Education
Master of Education in Teacher Leadership

 

Minimum Level
of Education Required
Minimum Grade
Point Average on a 4.0 Scale for 
Full Admission
Minimum Cumulative Grade Point
Average on a 4.0 Scale for
Provisional Admission

Bachelor’s or Highest Post-Baccalaureate degree earned

2.75

 

2.50

Applicants whose overall GPA or GPA in the last 60 hours is below 2.50 will not be admitted to the degree program.
Other Requirements
  • Applicants for the above programs must provide documentation of at least an initial teaching license, school service personnel license, or a school services certificate. If applicants to these programs do not have a teaching certificate, they may document their teaching status by providing evidence of full-time teaching assignment from an individual in a supervisory capacity or from a human resources official of the school at their current employment.
  • Additional evidence may be required to fulfill state requirements, including but not limited to verification of professional experience, test scores, or an interview.


Master of Education in Educational Leadership
 

Minimum Level
of Education Required

Minimum Grade
Point Average on a 4.0 Scale
for Full Admission

Minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average on a 4.0 Scale for
Provisional Admission

Bachelor’s or Highest Post-Baccalaureate degree earned

 

2.75

 

2.50

Applicants whose overall GPA, or GPA in the last 60 hours is below 2.50 will not be admitted to the degree program.
Other Requirements

Applicants for the M.Ed. in Educational Leadership program must provide documentation of at least an initial teaching license, school service personnel license, or a school services certificate. If applicants to the Educational Leadership programs do not have a state recognized certificate, the student may provide evidence of full-time PK-12 teaching or school service personnel assignment, where applicable,  from an individual in a supervisory capacity or from a human resource official of the school at their current employment.

Additional evidence may be required to fulfill state requirements, including but not limited to verification of credentials, professional experience, test scores, or an interview.

 

Arizona Applicants:   

In addition to the general requirements for the M.Ed. In Educational Leadership, the following are required: 

  • Submit an essay that describes their desire to lead and leadership potential. 
  • Submit two (2) letters of professional recommendation. 
  • Acknowledge the requirement of having three years of successful teaching experience to be eligible for Arizona principal licensure. 

 

Florida Applicants:   

In addition to the general requirements for the M.Ed. In Educational Leadership, the following are required: 

  • Submit an essay that describes their desire to lead and leadership potential. 

  • Submit two (2) letters of recommendation, one of which must be from the applicant’s principal or direct supervisor. Both recommenders must include an evaluation of the applicant’s leadership potential. The supervisor’s recommendation must include an evaluation of the applicant’s instructional practice and performance of students at an “effective” or “highly effective” rating as evaluated by their two most recent performance evaluations through official district documentation or verification.  

*If unable to receive supervisor verification of instructional experience and performance of students, applicants can submit their last two years of performance evaluations showing a rating of “effective” or higher in instructional practice and performance of students’ sections.

 

Illinois Applicants:

In addition to the general requirements for the M.Ed. In Educational Leadership, the following are required:

  • Must hold a valid Illinois Professional Educator License and
  • Submit proof of at least two years of teaching experience under a valid and current license in a public or non-public school recognized by the Illinois State Board of Education, or in a regionally accredited and state recognized out-of-state public school or out-of-state nonpublic school;or
  • Two years of Support Personnel experience in one of the following capacities in a public or non-public school recognized by the Illinois Board of Education or in a regionally accredited and state recognized out-of-state public school or out-of-state nonpublic school:
    • School Counselor
    • School Psychologist
    • Speech Language Pathologist
    • School Nurse
    • School Social Worker
    • School Marriage and Family Counselor

 

Ohio Applicants:

In addition to the general requirements for the M.Ed. In Educational Leadership, the following are required:

  • Ohio standard or professional teaching license or professional pupil services license.
  • Submit an Educational Leadership essay.
  • Submit two (2) letters of professional recommendation.
  • Acknowledge the requirement of two years of successful teaching experience under a standard or professional teaching license or work experience under a professional pupil services license for the ages and grade levels for which the principal license is sought.

 

Texas Applicants:

In addition to the applicable general requirements for the M.Ed. In Educational Leadership, the following are required:

  • Valid classroom teaching certificate.
  • Complete an interview.
  • Submit an Educational Leadership essay.
  • Have their school district submit a sealed and signed Teacher Service Record.
  • Acknowledge the requirement of having two years of creditable  teaching experience, as a classroom teacher, under a valid classroom teaching certificate to be eligible for Texas principal licensure.

The minimum Grade Point Average on a 4.0 scale for full admission is 2.50.  To comply with the Texas Education Agency requirements provisional admission is not permitted.

Applicants to the Texas Educational Leadership program whose first language is not English must submit scores from the Internet-Based TOEFL (IBT).  A minimum scaled score of 24 for speaking, 22 for listening, 22 for reading, and 21 for writing from the Internet-Based TOEFL (IBT) or evidence of an undergraduate or graduate degree earned at an institution of higher education in a country outside of the United States listed in Figure: 19 TAC §230.11(b)(5)(C)

Additional evidence may be required to fulfill state requirements, including but not limited to verification of professional experience, test scores, or an interview.

To comply with the Texas Education Agency requirements provisional admission is not permitted and applicants who have been admitted, must confirm, in writing, acceptance of the admission offer.

 

Notes for Texas Educational Leadership Students:

  • Information about ACE’s Educational Leadership program performance over the past five years is available on the Texas Education Agency’s (TEA) Educator Preparation Compliance Reports website. 
  • Information about the effect of supply and demand forces on the educator workforce can be found on the EPP website and from Texas Workforce Commission
  • Information about ACE’s Educational Leadership program accreditation status is available on the EPP website and on the TEA Educator Preparation Data Dashboard.
  • A criminal background check is required prior to employment as an educator (Per Texas Education Code (TEC), §22.083) and candidates must undergo a criminal history background check prior to clinical teaching or practicum (Per TEC, §22.0835).
  • Individuals who have been convicted of an offence as listed in Section 249.16. Eligibility of Persons with Criminal History for a Certificate under Texas Occupations Code, Chapter 53, and Texas Education Code, Chapter 21 may be ineligible for issuance of a certification on completion of an educator preparation program. An individual has the right to request a copy of the criminal history evaluation letter as provided in Chapter 227, Subchapter B (relating to Preliminary Evaluation of Certification Eligibility).
  • Texas Educational Leadership Students who wish to seek principal licensure in Texas will need to achieve an 80% or better on a practice examination within six months of testing approval request as outlined in the Texas Approval to Test Policy.

 

 

Master of Education in Adult Education and Training
Master of Education in Advanced Studies
Master of Education in Early Childhood Education
Master of Education in Educational Business Administration
Master of Education in Educational Technology
Master of Education in Health and Wellness Education
Master of Education in Higher Education

Master of Education in Instructional Design and Technology
Master of Education in Teaching English Learners

Minimum Level
of Education Required
Minimum Grade Point
Average on a 4.0 Scale
for Full Admission
Minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average on a 4.0 Scale for 
Provisional Admission

Bachelor’s or Highest Post-Baccalaureate degree earned

2.75

2.50

Applicants whose overall GPA, or GPA in the last 60 hours is below 2.50 will not be admitted to the degree program.
Other Requirements
None

 


Master of Arts in Elementary Teaching
Transition to Teaching in Elementary Education Certificate

 

Minimum Level
of Education Required

Minimum Grade Point
Average on a 4.0 Scale
for Full Admission

Minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average on a 4.0 Scale for
Provisional Admission

Bachelor’s or Graduate degree 

Cumulative 3.0

or

2.5 and, at least, 5 years of documented professional experience.

or

Both a baccalaureate degree from an accredited post-secondary educational institution and proof of passing Indiana state approved content area examination in the content area.

Provisional admission is not permitted.

 

Other Requirements
Requirements determined through marrying both the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) and the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) standards
  • Pass criminal background check from Safe Hiring Solutions. Applicants are responsible for the fees required to complete the initial background check. For applicants with less than five years of US or US territorial residency status an extended background check may be required at the applicant’s sole expense.
  • Acknowledgment of field-based diversity experiences and classroom access.

 


Master of Arts in Secondary Teaching
Transition to Teaching in Secondary Education Certificate

 

Minimum Level
of Education Required

Minimum Grade Point
Average on a 4.0 Scale
for Full Admission

Minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average on a 4.0 Scale for
Provisional Admission

Bachelor’s degree earned in the subject area or related field in which the person wishes to teach.

or

Bachelor’s degree in any field and proof of passing Indiana state approved content area examination(s) in the subject area the applicant wishes to teach.

Cumulative 3.0

or

2.5 and, at least, 5 years of documented professional experience in the subject area or related field in which the person wishes to teach.

or

Both a baccalaureate degree from an accredited post-secondary educational institution and proof of passing Indiana state approved content area examination(s) in the subject area in which the applicant wishes to teach.

Provisional admission is not permitted.

 

Other Requirements
Requirements determined through marrying both the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) and the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) standards
  • Pass criminal background check from Safe Hiring Solutions. Applicants are responsible for the fees required to complete the initial background check. For applicants with less than five years of US or US territorial residency status an extended background check may be required at the applicant’s sole expense.
  • Acknowledgment of field-based diversity experiences and classroom access.

 


Master’s in Nursing: BSN to MSN Program
 

Minimum Level
of Education Required
Minimum Grade Point
Average on a 4.0 Scale for Full Admission
Minimum Cumulative Grade
Point Average on a 4.0 Scale
for Provisional Admission
Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing

 

2.75

 

 

2.50

 

Applicants whose overall GPA, or GPA in the last 60 credits is below 2.50 will not be admitted to the program.

Other Requirements
  • Applicants for the above program must provide documentation of an active unencumbered RN license.
    Additional evidence may be required to fulfill state requirements.
  • Acknowledgment of the requirement to have a clinical/practicum setting to complete the program.  Applicants must also acknowledge these sites may require additional documentation (such as drug screening, criminal background checks, etc.) and that they will be responsible for providing this documentation and costs associated with the requirement. 

 


Master’s in Nursing: RN-MSN Program
 

Minimum Level
of Education Required
Minimum Grade Point
Average on a 4.0 Scale for Full Admission
Minimum Cumulative Grade
Point Average on a 4.0 Scale
for Provisional Admission
Associate degree or Diploma in Nursing
or 90 undergraduate semester credits

 

2.75

 

 

2.50

 

Applicants whose overall GPA, or GPA in the last 60 credits is below 2.50 will not be admitted to the program.

Other Requirements
  • Applicants for the above program must provide documentation of an active unencumbered RN license.
    Additional evidence may be required to fulfill state requirements.
  • Acknowledgment of the requirement to have a clinical/practicum setting to complete the program.  Applicants must also acknowledge these sites may require additional documentation (such as drug screening, criminal background checks, etc.) and that they will be responsible for providing this documentation and costs associated with the requirement. 
  • All general education courses must be completed prior to awarding of bachelor’s degree and matriculation to graduate portion of the program.

 


Master of Healthcare Administration
 

Minimum Level
of Education Required
Minimum Grade Point
Average on a 4.0 Scale for Full Admission
Minimum Cumulative Grade
Point Average on a 4.0 Scale
for Provisional Admission
Bachelors’ or Highest Post-Baccalaureate degree earned

2.75

2.50

 

Applicants whose overall GPA, or GPA in the last 60 credits is below 2.50 will not be admitted to the degree program.

Other Requirements
  • Acknowledgment of the requirement to have a practicum setting to complete the program.  Applicants must also acknowledge these sites may require additional documentation (such as drug screening, criminal background checks, etc.) that they will be responsible for providing and responsible for costs associated with the requirement.

 


Master of Science in Health Informatics 
 

Minimum Level
of Education Required
Minimum Grade Point
Average on a 4.0 Scale for Full Admission
Minimum Cumulative Grade
Point Average on a 4.0 Scale
for Provisional Admission
Bachelors’ or Highest Post-Baccalaureate degree earned

2.75

2.50

 

Applicants whose overall GPA, or GPA in the last 60 credits is below 2.50 will not be admitted to the degree program.

Other Requirements
  • Bachelor’s degree in healthcare or related field OR bachelor’s degree in non-health related field and at least 9 credit hours in healthcare OR bachelor’s degree in non-health related field and 1-year relevant healthcare experience. 

 


Master of Business Administration in Social Impact

 

Minimum Level
of Education Required
Minimum Grade Point
Average on a 4.0 Scale for Full Admission
Minimum Cumulative Grade
Point Average on a 4.0 Scale
for Provisional Admission
Bachelors’ or Highest Post-Baccalaureate degree earned

2.75

2.50

 

Applicants whose overall GPA, or GPA in the last 60 credits is below 2.50 will not be admitted to the degree program.

Other Requirements
  • Submit a current resume.
  • Submit an essay, in response to department-specific prompt.
  • Complete an interview.
  • Undergraduate or post-baccalaureate in business OR 2 years in management position.* 

*If students do not have a bachelor’s or highest post-baccalaureate degree in a business-related field OR do not have any professional experience using a business background, students will need to take MGMT5003 

 


Master of Science in Organizational Leadership

 

Minimum Level
of Education Required
Minimum Grade Point
Average on a 4.0 Scale for Full Admission
Minimum Cumulative Grade
Point Average on a 4.0 Scale
for Provisional Admission
Bachelors’ or Highest Post-Baccalaureate degree earned

2.75

2.50

 

Applicants whose overall GPA, or GPA in the last 60 credits is below 2.50 will not be admitted to the degree program.

Other Requirements
  • Submit a current resume.
  • Submit an essay, in response to department-specific prompt.  

Bachelor’s Degree Programs


Bachelor of Science in Applied Management and Leadership
Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration

 

Minimum Level of
Education Required
Minimum Grade Point Average
on a 4.0 Scale
for Full Admission
Minimum Cumulative Grade Point
Average on a 4.0 Scale for
Provisional Admission
Associates degree
or 60 undergraduate semester hour credits
 
2.00
 
 

1.75

Applicants whose overall GPA or GPA in the last 60 hours is below 1.75 will not be admitted to the degree program.
Other Requirements
None

 


RN to Bachelor Science in Nursing (BSN)

 

Minimum Level
of Education Required
Minimum Grade Point
Average on a 4.0 Scale for Full Admission
Minimum Cumulative Grade
Point Average on a 4.0 Scale
for Provisional Admission
Associate degree or Diploma in Registered Nursing or 90 semester credits

 

2.25

 

 

2.00

 

Applicants whose overall GPA, or GPA in the last 60 credits is below 2.00 will not be admitted to the program.

Other Requirements
  • Applicants for the above program must provide documentation of an active unencumbered RN license.
    Additional evidence may be required to fulfill state requirements.
  • Acknowledgment of the requirement to have a clinical/practicum setting to complete the program.  Applicants must also acknowledge these sites may require additional documentation (such as drug screening, criminal background checks, etc.) and that they will be responsible for providing this documentation and costs associated with the requirement. 

 

Certificates

Doctoral Level Certificate


Certificate in Advanced Graduate Study
 
Minimum Level of Education Required Minimum Grade Point Average on a 4.0 Scale for Full Admission Minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average on a 4.0 Scale for Provisional Admission
Graduate Level 3.00 Provisional admission is not permitted.
Other Requirements
None

 

Master Level Certificates


Certificate in Adult Education and Corporate Training
Certificate in Content Area Instruction
Certificate in English as a Second Language and Bilingual Education
Certificate in Executive Healthcare Quality and Financial Management
Certificate in Higher Education
Certificate in Leadership
Certificate in Teacher Leadership
Certificate in Telehealth
Certificate in Virtual Instruction 

 

Minimum Level of Education Required Minimum Grade Point Average on a 4.0 Scale for Full Admission Minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average on a 4.0 Scale for Provisional Admission
Bachelor’s or Highest Post-Baccalaureate degree earned

2.50

Provisional admission is not permitted.

Other Requirements
None

 

Master Level Certificates- Nursing


Certificate in Nursing Education and Simulation
Certificate in Nursing Leadership and Management

 

Minimum Level of Education Required Minimum Grade Point Average on a 4.0 Scale for Full Admission Minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average on a 4.0 Scale for Provisional Admission
Bachelor’s in Nursing or Highest Post- Baccalaureate degree earned in Nursing

2.50

Provisional admission is not permitted.

Other Requirements
  • Active unencumbered Registered Nurse License.

 


Texas Educational Leadership (Certification-Only) 
 

Minimum Level of Education Required Minimum Grade Point Average on a 4.0 Scale for Full Admission Minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average on a 4.0 Scale for Provisional Admission

Master’s degree 

2.50

Provisional admission is not permitted.

Other Requirements

Applicants for the Texas Educational Leadership (Certification-Only) program must:

  • Provide documentation of a valid teaching certificate and a school service personnel record indicating at least 2 year’s teaching experience in an accredited p-12 setting. 
  • Submit a current curriculum vitae (preferred) or resume. 
  • Submit a goal statement, demonstrating a clear expression of purpose and anticipated personal and professional goals. 
  • Complete an Interview and gain approval for acceptance into the program. 
  • Have their school district submit a sealed and signed Teacher Service Record. 
  • Have on record the College’s approval of the internship site and mentor/site supervisor prior to the start of the student’s first term.
  • Acknowledge the review of College Catalog policies related to dismissal or administrative withdrawal including Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy (SAP), maximum time to completion policy, good financial standing or violations of academic integrity policies.

Applicants to the Texas Educational Leadership program whose first language is not English must submit scores from the Internet-Based TOEFL (IBT).  A minimum scaled score of 24 for speaking, 22 for listening, 22 for reading, and 21 for writing from the Internet-Based TOEFL (IBT) or evidence of an undergraduate or graduate degree earned at an institution of higher education in a country outside of the United States listed in Figure: 19 TAC §230.11(b)(5)(C)

Additional evidence may be required to fulfill state requirements, including but not limited to verification of professional experience, test scores, or an interview.

To comply with the Texas Education Agency requirements, applicants who have been admitted, must confirm, in writing, acceptance of the admission offer.

 

Bachelor Level Certificate


Certificate in Essential Employability Skills
 

Minimum Level of Education Required Minimum Grade Point Average on a 4.0 Scale for Full Admission Minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average on a 4.0 Scale for Provisional Admission
At least 30 semester credits

1.75

Provisional admission is not permitted.

Other Requirements
None

 

Micro-Credentials

Master’s Level Micro-Credentials


Community College Leadership
Curriculum and Instruction
Data Analytics
Differentiated Instruction
Digital Learning and Teaching
Diversity and Inclusion
Early Childhood Special Education
Educational Entrepreneurship
Educational Technology
English as a Second Language and Bilingual Education
Healthcare Financial Resource Management
Information Systems
Leadership
Learning Behavior Specialist


 

Minimum Level of
Education Required
Minimum Grade Point
Average on a 4.0 Scale
for Full Admission
Minimum Cumulative Grade
Point Average on a 4.0 Scale
for Provisional Admission

Bachelor’s or Highest Post- Baccalaureate degree earned

2.5

N/A

Other Requirements
  • If a Micro-Credential student wishes to matriculate to a degree or certificate program, a new application is required and all appropriate admissions requirements for the new program must be met.

 

Master’s Level Micro-Credential - Nursing


Simulation in Healthcare

 

Minimum Level of
Education Required
Minimum Grade Point
Average on a 4.0 Scale
for Full Admission
Minimum Cumulative Grade
Point Average on a 4.0 Scale
for Provisional Admission

Bachelor’s in Nursing or Highest Post- Baccalaureate degree earned in Nursing

2.5

N/A

Other Requirements
  • If a Micro-Credential student wishes to matriculate to a degree or certificate program, a new application is required and all appropriate admissions requirements for the new program must be met.
  • Unencumbered Registered Nurse License.

 

Bachelor’s Level Micro-Credentials


Personal and Professional Skills
Teamwork Skills

 

Minimum Level of
Education Required
Minimum Grade Point
Average on a 4.0 Scale
for Full Admission
Minimum Cumulative Grade
Point Average on a 4.0 Scale
for Provisional Admission

At least 30 semester credits

1.75

N/A

Other Requirements
  • If a Micro-Credential student wishes to matriculate to a degree or certificate program, a new application is required and all appropriate admissions requirements for the new program must be met.

 

Student-at-Large


Student at Large at the Doctoral Level
 
Minimum Level of Education Required Minimum Grade Point Average on a 4.0 Scale for Full admission Minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average on a 4.0 Scale for Provisional Admission
Graduate level 3.0 Provisional admission is not permitted
Other Requirements
  • Applicants are required to meet the general admission 3.0 GPA.
  • All academic standards for academic achievement and conduct apply.

Students are not permitted to take doctoral seminar or dissertation courses.

 


Student at Large at the Master’s Level
 

Minimum Level of
Education Required
Minimum Grade Point
Average on a 4.0 Scale
for Full admission
Minimum Cumulative Grade
Point Average on a 4.0 Scale
for Provisional Admission
Category 1: Student at Large
Bachelor’s or Highest Post Baccalaureate
degree earned
2.5* N/A
Other Requirements
  • For students taking courses on an at-large basis, there is no limit to the number of graduate credit-bearing courses that may be taken.
  • If a Student at Large wishes to matriculate to a degree or certificate program, a new application is required and all appropriate admissions requirements for the new program must be met.
  • Students At Large must have prior receipt of the College’s approval of internship site and mentor/site supervisor prior to selecting courses on an at-large basis from the M.Ed. in Educational Leadership program.
  • Students At Large must have passed the required criminal background check prior to selecting courses on an at-large basis from the M.A. in Teaching or Transition to Teaching program. 
  • A grade of B or better must be earned in each course for consideration of application to the degree program.
  • All academic standards for academic achievement and conduct apply. 
Bachelor’s or Highest Post Baccalaureate
degree earned
2.0-2.49* N/A
Other Requirements
  • Applicants that meet the above education level requirements but have a GPA between 2.0 and 2.49 can be considered for admission if any of the following apply:
    • Degree for GPA was conferred over ten years from start date at ACE
    • Applicant has 5 or more years of experience in the field appropriate for intended courses
Category 2: Student at Large for Florida Modified for Educational Leadership
Master’s degree earned 2.5 N/A
Other Requirements
  • In addition to the above, the following is required:
    • The receipt of the College’s approval of the internship site and mentor prior to the start of the student’s first term.
Category 3: Provisional Student at Large 

M.Ed. Programs: Bachelor’s or Highest Post Secondary
degree earned

RN to MSN Program: Associate degree or 90 semester credits 

2.0

 

2.5

 
Other Requirements
  • Applicants who were denied for not meeting the minimum GPA requirement of 2.5 for provisional admission into the master’s degree program of interest or English language proficiency requirements, may apply as a provisional Student at Large if approved by Director of Admissions or their designee and if all other program requirements are met.
  • Students taking courses as provisional Student at Large must complete three designated graduate credit-bearing courses.
  • A grade of B or better must be earned in each course, or the provisional student will be dismissed from the College.
  • Upon successful completion of the three-course sequence, the student may request program change to the program of interest.
  • The three courses successfully completed can be transferred into the program of study at the time of admission.
  • Applicants must submit acknowledgment form agreeing to terms of Provisional SAL admission.

 

 

Student at Large at the Bachelor’s Level

 

Minimum Level of
Education Required
Minimum Grade Point
Average on a 4.0 Scale
for Full admission
Minimum Cumulative Grade
Point Average on a 4.0 Scale
or Provisional Admission
At least 30 semester credits 1.75 N/A
Other Requirements
  • If a Student at Large wishes to matriculate to a degree or certificate program, a new application is required and all appropriate admissions requirements for the new program must be met.
  • Applicants who were denied for not meeting the minimum requirement for admission into a bachelors program may apply as a Student at Large if approved by the Director of Admissions or their designee and if all other program requirements are met.
  • Upon successfully meeting the requirements for admission, the student may request a change to the bachelors program.

 

 

Student at Large Professional Development

 

Minimum Level of Education Required Minimum Grade Point Average on a 4.0 Scale for Full Admission Minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average on a 4.0 Scale for Provisional Admission

N/A

N/A

Provisional admission is not permitted.

Other Requirements
  • Application is submitted.
  • If any state specific documentation is required, it must be submitted prior to admission.
  • If all requirements above are met, applicant will be permitted to complete requested course.

 

Notification of Admission Decision

Once all required admission documents are received, the applicant’s file is reviewed. If the applicant meets the admission requirements, the applicant is either fully admitted or provisionally admitted to the program as shown in the admission requirements by program. Applicants are notified of their acceptance via email. Students who have been provisionally admitted due to missing documents, must fulfill the requirement as specified or be administratively withdrawn from the College. 

Enrollment and Registration

Once admitted, students are registered for courses in their degree or certificate program. Students must meet their obligation to pay tuition by the payment deadline in order to maintain access to their courses.

Change of Start Date Policy 

New students, after enrollment at ACE, may encounter circumstances in their lives that prevent them from starting classes on their expected term start date. In these instances, new enrollees can apply to change their start date by submitting a Change of Start Date Request form. The Admissions team will review the Change of Start Date Request form and provide approval if all the following applies:

  1. The student’s initial admissions documents are still current and approved; and
  2. The student’s requested new start date is within a time-period of three hundred and sixty-five (365) days from the initial application date; and
  3. The student’s request will not exceed the maximum of two (2) changes to the start date within a time-period of three hundred and sixty-five (365) days from the initial application date.

New ACE enrollees can submit updated admissions documents for their request to be considered. If the change of start date request exceeds the allowable time period or exceeds the maximum of two (2) changes to the start date within a time period of three hundred and sixty-five (365) days from the initial application date and cannot be approved, the new enrollees will be required to submit a new admission application with the required documents and pay a new application fee to be considered for admission in the new requested term.

Reinstatement of Canceled Enrollment

When an individual who was enrolled in courses but canceled their enrollment wishes to begin their studies at ACE, they can request for their enrollment to be reinstated by submitting a Reinstatement of Canceled Student form. The Admissions team will review the form and provide approval if all of the following applies:

  1. The student’s initial admissions documents are still current and approved; and
  2. The student’s requested new start date is within a time-period of three hundred and sixty-five (365) days from the initial application date; and
  3. The student’s request will not exceed the maximum of two (2) reinstatement requests within a time-period of three hundred and sixty-five (365) days from the initial application date.

Individuals can submit updated admissions documents for their request to be considered. If the reinstatement request exceeds the allowable time period or exceeds the maximum of two (2) reinstatements within a time period of three hundred and sixty-five (365) days from the initial application date and cannot be approved, the individual will be required to submit a new admission application with the required documents, and pay a new application fee to be considered for admission for the new requested term.

Admissions Appeal Procedure

Any applicant may appeal their admission decision for a variety of reasons: GPA, TOEFL, a teaching certificate, etc. However, consideration for the appeal may only occur if specific requirements are met. Requirements may vary from state to state.

Change of Program

After a student is admitted to a program, the student may find that another program is more appropriate. ACE provides a procedure for helping the students make the right choice and facilitating a change, if permitted and appropriate.

Applicants admitted as a provisional student-at-large are not allowed to switch programs until they have successfully completed their first three consecutive courses.

Academic Qualifications for Change of Degree Program

  • Students who have been admitted with or without conditions (except for provisional student-at-large as explained above) are eligible to change their program of study under the individual requirements outlined below.
  • In good financial standing with the college at time of request

 

Change of Degree Program (Same Level)

Students are admitted to a specific degree program based upon their qualifications for the program. When an ACE student seeks to change to a different ACE degree program or wishes to switch to a non-degree option, the student may request the change by completing the Program Change Request Form. The student must meet all current admissions requirements for the new program and submit all required documentation, if not already on file.

The request is reviewed and approved by the Admissions office.

  • If approved, the change of degree program will become effective the next term for matriculated students, and current term for non-matriculated students.
  • If approved, the student will follow the program requirements for the degree program according to the catalog in effect at the time the change is granted.
  • The maximum time to complete the new degree begins with the first term of the new degree program.

 

Doctoral Program Change 

American College of Education (ACE) requires a doctoral candidate’s’ dissertation study aligns with the content area of their doctoral degree program.  This alignment ensures candidates graduate with research expertise in areas directly related to their doctoral degree. 

Candidates may request program changes from one doctoral program to another doctoral program prior to enrolling in RES6512 Research Concept Paper.  Candidates will be required to take any additional content coursework required in the new degree program. 

Candidates may not request program changes from one doctoral program to another doctoral program after enrollment in RES6512 Research Concept Paper.  This assures a candidate’s concept paper and dissertation study align with the content area of their degree program. 

If an appeal for a program change is filed and granted after completion of RES6512, in addition to new content courses for the degree, the candidate may be required to retake any dissertation sequence course necessary to align their concept paper and dissertation with the new doctoral degree program.  This includes possible retakes of RES6512 Research Concept Paper, RES6521 Research Methodology, RES6531 Literature Review, RES6541 Finalizing the Dissertation Proposal, RES6551 Analyzing the Dissertation Research, RES6561 Interpreting the Dissertation Research or RES6302 Defending the Dissertation.   

 

Change from Ed.S. to Ed.D. Program
Change from Master’s Program to Doctoral Program
Change from Master’s Program to Doctoral Program

Student Has Not Yet Matriculated Student Already Matriculated

Student must complete the admissions requirements before being reviewed for admission.

 

Student is required to submit a new application,student must pay the full application fee, and student will complete the additional admissions requirements, specific to the program of interest.

 

Change of Course of Study from Non-Degree Certificate or Micro-Credential to Degree Program
Change of Course of Study from Student at-Large (SAL) to Degree Program*
Change of Course of Study from Student at-Large to a Certificate or Micro-Credential**

Student will be required to submit a new application, pay full application fee, and meet all admissions requirements of new program.                                                                            

*Students admitted to a non-degree certificate or micro-credential program who seek to change their course of study to a degree program and have not completed the certificate/credential, may request the change by completing the Program Change Request Form and submitting all additional admission documentation required for the new program.  The request is reviewed and approved by Admissions office.

*If the student is already in the last course of their certificate/credential, the student will have to re-apply to the degree program of interest.

**Matriculated students who are enrolled as a student at-large and wish to enroll in a degree-granting program must officially withdraw from the non-degree program or complete any active enrollments in SAL coursework. 

**If the non-degree seeking student requesting a program change had previously been admitted to the degree program of interest, the student will be allowed to change programs and will not be required to reapply. Students who were admitted as a provisional student at-large, must submit a Program Change Request Form after successfully completing three courses to be fully admitted into their previously applied degree program.

 

Change of Program - Nursing

Change of program designation from RN to MSN to RN to BSN is prohibited for matriculated students.  Students meeting the requirements for the BSN degree will be awarded the degree according to the Matriculation RN to MSN policy.                                               Change of program designation from RN to BSN to RN to MSN is prohibited for matriculated students. Students seeking the MSN must submit a new application, pay full application fee, and meet all admissions requirements for the BSN to MSN program.  This process may be initiated once degree is conferred in RN to BSN program. 

 

Change from Non-Degree Certificate to Degree Program 

Students admitted to a non-degree masters-level certificate program who seek to change to a degree program and have not completed the certificate, may request the change by completing the Program Change Request Form and submitting all additional admission documentation required for the new program. The request is reviewed and approved by Admissions office.           

  • If approved, the program change will become effective the next term.
  • If approved, the student will follow the program requirements for the new program of study according to the catalog in effect at the time the change is granted.
  • The maximum time to complete the new program begins with the first term of the new program.
  • If the student is already in the last course of their certificate, the student will have to re-apply to the degree program of interest.                                               

 

Change of Major or Focus of Study 

Students who are enrolled in a program that requires a major or focus of study, who wish to change or add an additional major or focus of study, can do so by submitting a Major or Focus of Study Selection form. A couple of things to note:

  • Only courses part of the new major or focus of study will count towards credit requirements.
  • A change in major or focus of study may cause a gap in scheduling as these courses are NOT offered every term.

 

Re-Entry or Re-Admission after Withdrawal or Administrative Withdrawal

Students who have withdrawn or have been administratively withdrawn from the College and wish to return must follow the College re-admission or re-entry procedures. Students who have withdrawn or have been administratively withdrawn from the college will have all prior ACE coursework re-evaluated for determination of relevancy, must meet current catalog and course grade requirements. American College of Education requires its students to complete all program requirements within a specific number of allowable returns to the College.  The College defines “returns” as approved re-entries or re-admits. The maximum number of times a student may return to the same program of enrollment is four (4) times.  

Re-Entry (within 365 Calendar Days from Last Date of Attendance)

  1. Students must request re-entry.   

    • If the student has been out of attendance less than 365 days, student returns to their current program of study, if the program version is active. If approved, the student will re-enter under the catalog and tuition in effect when they initially withdrew or were withdrawn. If the version is not active, the student will re-enter into the most current version, catalog, and tuition rates. 

    • If the program of study was revised during the student’s absence, the student will re-enter into the current version.   

  2. Students who are administratively withdrawn for not meeting required Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) or reached the maximum number of course attempts will be subject to the procedures in the SAP policy.  

Re-Admission (after 365 Calendar Days from Last Date of Attendance)

  1. If the student has been out of attendance more than 365 days, the student will apply and be accountable for all current charges and admissions requirements.
  2. Students will return to the current program version of study, catalog and tuition at time of re-application. 
  3. If a student left ACE on a SAP status, they will return on that same status and be subject to all related procedures in the SAP policy. 

Program Disclaimer

Program requirements may change over time and these changes will be reflected in a catalog or addendum. Students may request to move to a more recent program version by sending an email to the registrar. Students may not move to program requirements in an earlier catalog version. Policies, tuition, and fees may change at any time. ACE will give proper notice of these changes via Student/Doctoral Commons in the LMS and the College’s website.  These changes will apply to all students.