May 28, 2024  
ACE Catalog - Volume 48 
ACE Catalog - Volume 48 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Prior Education Evaluation

You, like many students, may have questions in regards to previously earned credits and about credits you will earn at ACE. Below, please find pertinent information regarding the assessment of your courses taken outside of ACE.

Credit Transfer Requests

You may have earned college credit at another institution and wish to have these credits applied to your current degree program. If so, ACE will review this coursework and assess if credit can be applied in accordance with the Transfer Credit Policy . To have your prior classes assessed, the follow procedures are utilized:

  • Applicant or a current student will submit a request to have post-secondary credits from another school evaluated. The applicant or current student must submit the request at least one term (5-week term) prior to taking the potentially impacted course(s). 
  • ACE applicant or student must include, at minimum, an unofficial copy of their transcripts for a decision to be offered. 
  • The ACE applicant or student must provide an official transcript before the actual credit can be awarded in the student record.  
  • The college will evaluate the transfer request and will award transfer credit using the Prior Credit Evaluation/Transfer Credit .
  • The college will provide the applicant or student a decision via email.  
  • The college will apply the credit to the student’s record when the following occurs: 
    • Official transcripts for prior credit have been received. 
    • The individual has started the program and the drop/add period has passed. 

Please note:

  • Credit transfer does not guarantee an earlier completion/graduation time. As course availability varies, an earlier graduation date may not be possible.
  • If an applicant or student does not agree with the evaluation, they can appeal via the general appeal process.  

Ed.D. Completion Pathway Requests

If you have earned your Ed.S. Degree or completed all coursework but the dissertation (ABD) prior to starting at ACE, you may be eligible to enter into a “Completion Pathway” program version. The following procedures are utilized:

  • Submission of an official transcript confirming the Ed.S. and/or ABD coursework completed at a 3.0 CUM GPA or better.
  • Verified completion of at least six semester credits in the Ed.S. at the doctorate level.
  • Review of transcript by ACE Academics team to determine courses needed at ACE for program completion.
  • Decisions, which will provide all classes that are needed at ACE, will be emailed to the student.
  • An official transcript is not required for the review; however, is needed for the pathway to be applied to the student’s record.
  • Once the decision is rendered and the official transcript is received, the required courses will be updated in the student’s degree map. (available on the MyACE Portal)

**Please note: Students who are not required to take RES6003  at ACE will be required to successfully complete the Research Competency Assessment in ASMT6010  within a determined five week term. If unsuccessful, RES6003  will be added to the student’s required courses.

***Furthermore if you are not required to take RES6013 , an important component is embedded in the course which must still be completed before you apply for candidacy. All students must complete the CITI Program training and obtain a Certificate of Completion.

Go to Student Commons and under Doc. Program Resources you will find the CITI Program.  Once registered at no cost to you please complete the Humans Subjects Research and the LabAnimal Welfare Core Courses.  You must save a copy or obtain a screen shot of the Certificate of Completion. This certificate is a required component of the Application for Candidacy.

Florida Modified Educational Leadership Program Process

Individuals who hold a master’s degree and are seeking licensure as a building administrator/principal in Florida through the alternative pathway are able to fulfill these requirements at ACE.  ACE will evaluate transcripts by you and provide the courses needed in alignment with Florida Standards. The following steps are required to earn the “Completed Florida Modified EL Program” stamp on your transcript: 

  • Submit a “Transcript Request Review” form with transcript from a master’s degree program. Please note that reviews may be completed with an unofficial copy of the transcript; however, an official one will be needed prior to ACE certifying transcripts.The ACE Admissions department will review your transcript according to Florida’s standards.
  • When the review is complete, ACE will send you the Transcript Review Decision form via email. This will list the courses you will need to complete at ACE.
  • The registration office, after admission to ACE, will register you in the courses required. 
  • After successfully completing all courses, you will need to take and successfully pass the Florida Educational Leadership Examination (FELE) exam in Florida.
  • Submit a Verification Request form to ACE showing proof of FELE completion. Upon receipt of this form, confirmation of official transcripts and course completion, ACE’s Certification officer will certify the transcripts indicating completion of an an approved Florida modified program.

General Education Requirements 

ACE’s students enrolled in bachelor’s completion programs are required to fulfill the general education requirements as listed in the ACE General Education Requirement Policy. ACE students can fulfill general education credits prior to enrolling at ACE or while attending ACE. All credits are required to be fulfilled prior to degree conferral unless required as a prerequisite in a course as listed in the College Catalog. If you are enrolled in a bachelor’s completion program, the following steps will be utilized to track your progress in fulfilling this requirement: 

  • Applicant submits a request for transcript evaluation. In this request, applicants include all transcripts to be considered in the evaluation. 
  • The ACE Admissions Office receives the request and all transcripts for consideration to start the review process. The Admissions team reviews based on the following criteria:  
    • Course Content: The Admissions Office reviews the course description and content in relation to the competencies required in Indiana College Core. 
    • Grade Earned: To ensure compliance with the 2.0 GPA expectation for these courses, only courses with a “C” or better will fulfill general education requirements. 
  • After reviewing the transcripts, the admissions office sends the transcript evaluation decision to the applicant. This form contains the number of College Core requirements that have been met and the remaining courses needed to fulfill this requirement. 
  • If the applicant is admitted and matriculates to a student status, the student is required to fulfill the remaining Indiana College Core requirements prior to degree conferral/program completion unless listed as a prerequisite for an ACE course in the determined program. If listed as a prerequisite, the general education credits must be fulfilled prior to registering for the designated course. 
  • Each time the ACE student completes an additional course, they submit the transcripts to the ACE Admissions Office who will conduct the review listed above and notify the student of the decision. This process will continue until are requirements have been fulfilled.
  • All decisions are maintained within the Student Information System for tracking and advisement throughout the program. 

Transferability of ACE Credits

American College of Education is regionally accredited, but it does not guarantee or allege coursework taken at the College will be accepted for transfer to other institutions. The acceptance of transfer credit is entirely at the discretion of the receiving institution according to its policies. Students are responsible for contacting the receiving institution about their transfer credit policies related to coursework taken at American College of Education.