Jun 25, 2022  
ACE Catalog - Volume 36 
  
ACE Catalog - Volume 36

Prior Credit Evaluation/Transfer Credit



Prior Credit Evaluation Policy

As a college that serves the adult learner, American College of Education is committed to the acceptance of prior post-secondary education credits from other institutions, from prior enrollments at ACE, or from assessment of prior learning through work, life, or military experiences assessed by a nationally recognized credit recommender or exam, outlined in the prior learning section of this policy. The college evaluates applicants or students credit transfer requests using the Prior Credit Considerations Grid and will award credits accordingly. 

The college may grant transfer credit or credit fulfillment for all ACE courses except for dedicated first courses, capstone courses, student teaching or field experience courses, and dissertation courses. For credit to be awarded, the course requested must be equivalent to the requested ACE course or requirement in credit hour length, course content, and grade-level equivalency. 

Prior Learning Considerations

The institution may award no more than 50% of total credits required for the program based on a student’s prior learning as documented by a credit recommender (i.e. National College Credit Recommendation Service or American Council on Education Credit Network) or through experience evaluated by recognized exams (i.e. CLEP, Dantes). 

If a student does leave ACE for any reason, a new evaluation of credit transfers would be needed to ensure compliance with the policy upon the student’s return.  

Prior Credit Considerations Grid

Type of Program

Accreditation
Requirements

Type of Credit
Received

External Transfer Time Consideration

Grade or GPA Requirements Max # of External Credits Permitted ACE Internal Credit Time Consideration Max # Of Internal Credits Permitted

Bachelor’s Completion

Recognized by the U.S. Department of Education General Education and Elective Fulfillment No expiration for previously completed courses C or better 90 N/A No maximum

BSN to MSN

Recognized by the U.S. Department of Education Transfer Credit  10 years from course end to term start at ACE B or better 6 No expiration* No maximum

Certificate   
(Licensure Programs)

ACE approved accrediting agency  Transfer Credit  N/A N/A 0 No expiration* No maximum

Certificate (Non-Licensure Programs) 

ACE approved accrediting agency  Transfer Credit  10 years from course end to term start at ACE B or better 6 No expiration* No maximum

Ed.D.
(Non-Pathway)

ACE approved accrediting agency  Transfer Credit 10 years from course end to term start at ACE B or better 21
All eligible FOS/Gen Track courses aligned to ACE courses may be transferred using masters or doctoral level credits.***** Other transferred courses must be doctoral level. 
No expiration** 29 credits

Ed.D.
(Pathway Option)

ACE approved accrediting agency  27 credits awarded for prior work, 37 credits required at ACE *** No expiration 3.0 GPA in prior coursework 27 No expiration** 27 credits

Ed.S.

ACE approved accrediting agency Transfer Credit 10 years from course end to term start at ACE B or better 9 No expiration** No maximum

Licensure Programs 

Master of Arts in Elementary Education 

Master of Arts in Secondary Education 

T2T in Elementary Education 

T2T in Secondary Education 

M.Ed. in Educational Leadership 

ACE approved accrediting agency Transfer Credit 10 years from course end to term start at ACE B or better 6**** No expiration* No maximum

Master of Education
(Non-Licensure)

Master of Healthcare Administration

Master of Business Administration

Master of Science in Organizational Leadership

ACE approved accrediting agency Transfer Credit 10 years from course end to term start at ACE B or better 9 No expiration* No maximum

Micro-Credential

ACE approved accrediting agency Transfer Credit 10 years from course end to term start at ACE B or better 3 No expiration* No maximum

RN to MSN
RN to BSN

Recognized by the U.S. Department of Education General Education and Elective Fulfillment No expiration for previously completed courses C or better 90 N/A No maximum
*Unless listed on internal transfer Master or Doctoral Course lists below.
**If students do not have 6 research credits in prior doctoral work, they would need to complete an additional 6 credits at ACE.   
***ACE graduates of other master’s programs can transfer no more than 50% of their credits to additional master’s degree(s), Including external credits (exception for Master of Business Administration in Social Impact and Master of Science in Organizational Leadership multiple pathway options).
****For licensure programs, transfer credits are limited to equivalent research courses in lieu of RES5153 or RES5173.
*****ACE master’s credits must align with an existing doctoral focus of study content area.  

 

Master Courses with 10-year Limit for Internal Transfer

Master Courses with 10-year Limit for Internal Transfer

DL All courses that start with DL prefix
EL All courses that start with EL prefix or their equivalent
ELX All courses that start with ELX prefix or their equivalent
ET All courses that start with ET prefix
HLTH5443 Technology, Leadership, and Health Informatics
LEAD5103 Law, Compliance, and Governance in Higher Education

Doctoral Courses with 10-year Limit for Internal Transfer

Doctoral Courses with 10-year Limit for Internal Transfer

TECH All courses that start with TECH prefix
RES All courses that start with RES prefix
ORG6213 Emerging Technology in Organizations
HLTH6443 Systems, Policy and Leadership in Health Informatics
LEAD6153 Policy and Governance
HE6103 Law, Compliance, and Governance in Higher Education

Courses Not Eligible for Transfer

Courses Not Eligible for Transfer 

Capstone Capstone Courses
EDTT5022, EDTT5032, EL5983, ELAZ5983, ELFL5983, ELIL5983, ELIN5983, ELOH5983, ELNJ5983, ELX5983, HLTH5693 Clinical/Field Experience Courses (student teaching, internship, practicum)
HLTH5603, HLTH5613, HLTH5623, HLTH5633 Healthcare Administration Courses with Embedded Benchmarks and/or Healthcare Modules
Dissertation Dissertation Sequence Courses
First Courses Any dedicated first course in a degree program.

Clinical Experience Courses Eligible for Professional Experience Credit

Clinical Experience Courses Eligible for Professional Experience Credit (Indiana Only)

EDTT5022, EDTT5032 Student Teaching Courses