Jul 12, 2024  
ACE Catalog - Volume 46 
    
ACE Catalog - Volume 46 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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, but applied as a credit to their tuition in the first course: 
      • 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 If the student doesn’t start school or is administratively withdrawn, the application fee will not be refunded, unless required by state law.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 Bachelor’s and Post-Baccalaureate Level (excluding RN to BSN/MSN) Applicants:
    • Provide official transcripts from an institution indicating successful completion of the level of education required for entry to the program and any credits to be considered for transfer to a program.
      • Institution must be accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the US Department of Education (DOE) or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
      • Transcripts are considered official when mailed in a sealed envelope or through secured electronic transmission, directly from the institution attended to American College of Education or sent electronically. 
  • For RN to BSN and RN to MSN Applicants:
    • Provide official transcripts from an institution indicating successful completion of the level of education required for entry to the program and any credits to be considered for transfer to a program
      • Institution must be accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the US Department of Education (DOE) or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA or state board of nursing approved program. 
      • Transcripts are considered official when mailed in a sealed envelope or through secured electronic transmission, directly from the institution attended to American College of education or sent electronically.  
  • 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 by submitting a qualifying score for one of the following*:

Test
Minimum Required Score 
TOEFL Paper-Based  20 in each category 
TOEFL Internet-Based (iBT)  80
TOEFL Essentials  9.0
IELTS  6.5
Pearson Test of English (PTE)  53
Duolingo English Test  95

*Test must have been taken within two years of term start date 

Waiver of the English language test requirement may be granted if any of the below statements is true: 

  • Proof of US citizenship or citizenship from an exempt country (Canada, except Quebec, Ireland, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, or the Commonwealth Caribbean).
  • Degree was earned from a country where English is the official language. 
  • Submissions of an official transcript showing a degree from a US secondary school or one full year of post-secondary education in the US with at least 24 credits taught in English with a minimum GPA of 2.5 earned. 
  • Medium of instruction at degree-granting institution was English. 

Applicants to the Texas Educational Leadership program whose first language is not English may demonstrate proficiency in one of the following ways:

  • Submission of a valid SBEC-issued Texas certificate. 
  • Obtained the equivalent of a US bachelor’s or master’s degree from an approved exempt country per Figure: 19 TAC §230.11(b)(5)(C).  
  • Official TOEFL IBT score of 24 for speaking, 22 for listening, 22 for reading, and 21 for writing.   

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

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.

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 Bachelor’s Program to Master’s 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.