Dec 04, 2022  
ACE Catalog - Volume 40 
  
ACE Catalog - Volume 40

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. Institutions where credits were completed must be accredited by an organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education or The Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

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. No more than 50% of total credit required for program completion may come from non-academic credits documented by a credit recommender or recognized exam. 

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 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 of Science
(Completion Program) 
 

General Education and Elective Fulfillment No expiration for previously completed courses C or better 84 N/A No maximum

Bachelor of Arts
(Completion Program) 
 

General Education and Elective Fulfillment  No expiration for previously completed coursework  C or better  90  N/A  No Maximum 

BSN to MSN

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

Certificate   
(Licensure Programs)

Principal Preparation Certificate

T2T Elementary Education 

T2T Secondary Education 

Teaching English Learners 

Texas Educational Leadership 

Transfer Credit  N/A N/A 0 No expiration* No maximum

Certificate (Non-Licensure Programs) 

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

Ed.D.
(Non-Pathway)

Transfer Credit 10 years from course end to term start at ACE B or better 21
Eligible Focus of Study 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
Previously completed coursework must align with the new program. 

Ed.D.
(Pathway Option)

Up to 27 credits 
6 credits must be completed in doctoral level research 

No expiration 3.0 GPA in prior coursework 27 No expiration* 27 credits

Ed.S.

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 

M.Ed. in Educational Leadership 

Transfer Credit 10 years from course end to term start at ACE B or better 3
Transfer credits are limited to equivalent research courses in lieu of RES5153 or RES5173. 
No expiration* No maximum**

Master Programs
(M.Ed., M.H.A., M.S., M.B.A.)
(Non-Licensure)

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

Micro-Credential

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

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.
**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, Master of Science in Organizational Leadership, and Master of Science in Sustainable Management multiple pathway options).

 

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 Lean 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