Feb 20, 2024  
ACE Catalog - Volume 27 
ACE Catalog - Volume 27 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Educational Leadership for Graduates of Curriculum and Instruction, M.Ed.

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Graduates of the American College of Education M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction are eligible to earn a second degree, the M.Ed. in Educational Leadership, by completing a sequence of six courses, which includes an internship and capstone experience. This option applies exclusively to graduates of American College of Education.

Course List (16 Total Semester Credits)

Internship Requirements for State Licensure

The Educational Leadership internship experience will be fully documented in a 10-week course designed to allow students the opportunity to engage in a variety of field experiences to enrich their professional growth, skills, knowledge, and attributes as school leaders. Students will apply academic learning to practice in the field and display competency through a series of projects. Details and requirements related to the experiences may be found in the Internship Toolbox in Student Commons. Students will receive a failing grade if the requirements of the internship are not completed by the end of the course. Those students will be re-enrolled in the internship course and will be required to pay all associated tuition and fees.

The Educational Leadership program’s internship requirement is a minimum of 120 clock hours, regardless of the requirements for the state in which the student intends to seek licensure. The New Jersey approved ACE M.Ed. in Educational Leadership version requires an internship of 300 clock hours. The Ohio approved ACE M.Ed. in Educational Leadership version requires an internship of 200 clock hours.  The Texas approved ACE M.Ed. in Educational Leadership version requires an internship of 160 clock hours. If candidates need to complete additional hours to meet requirements for licensure reasons, they can request additional hours to be evaluated through submitting a request form.

Location of School-Based Internships, Field Experiences, and/or Student Teaching

Internship, student teaching, and/or field experience activities are designed to be compatible with the US school system. In order to best support students, ensure appropriate supervision and equivalent experiences, students must complete all field experiences and/or internship activities in the United States, Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico, or the U.S. Virgin Islands. Students with special circumstances (such as working at a Department of Defense School) may apply for a Clinical Experience Exception Approval.

American College of Education does not offer visas or other types of work permits. Securing any necessary authorization is the responsibility of the student. All admitted students must be eligible to work within and agree to complete all requirements in the United States, Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico, or the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Clinical Experience Exception Approval Process

Clinical experience is defined as any required experience in a school setting including field experiences, internships, and/or student teaching. Students in special circumstances may seek approval to complete their internship, student teaching and/or field experiences outside of the jurisdictions listed above. Special circumstances include, but are not limited to, Department of Defense schools or American-based international schools. Students may not enroll in a course with an internship, student teaching, and/or other field experience component without being granted prior approval for the field experience location by the appropriate department through the process outlined in the applicable handbook.

Students are required to inform the College should their clinical experience location change at any point during the academic program.

Professional Licensure, Certification, or Endorsement

The requirements for professional licensure, certification, endorsement, salary increase, and related employment benefits vary from state to state and district to district. It may be necessary for candidates seeking such benefits to satisfy additional state or district specific requirements. The College neither implies nor guarantees that the completion of an American College of Education degree or certificate program will result in eligibility for licensure, certification, endorsement, salary increase, or related employment benefit. Prospective students are strongly advised to verify the benefit(s) for which they may be eligible upon completion with their state’s licensure agency prior to enrolling in an American College of Education degree or certificate program.


  • This program is designed to prepare students for eligibility for principal/building administrator licensure.
  • This program has been approved as meeting the principal/building administrator licensure requirements in the states of Arizona, Florida, Indiana, New Jersey, and Ohio.
  • This program does not prepare residents of Georgia for principal/building level administrator licensure. Residents of this state will be required to sign an acknowledgment form to that effect upon application to the program.
  • Graduates seeking certification in Illinois and Texas are not eligible for the dual degree program because students in these states take a separate sequence of state-specific courses.
  • Check availability in your state on the Programs by State section of the ACE website.

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