Accreditation & Regulatory Affairs
About our accreditation
American College of Education has been regionally accredited through the Higher Learning Commission and the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools since 2005. All American College of Education degree programs are accredited by a regional accreditation agency, making our degrees honored across the world. Regional accreditation is the most widely accepted form of accreditation.
National accreditation through the Teacher Education Accreditation Council is an optional accreditation that we have sought for our degree programs. This national accreditation is an additional seal of approval indicating that our programs meet specific criteria for educator preparation programs.
All programs that lead to a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction, including all specializations and concentrations, are nationally accredited through TEAC.
In October 2012, TEAC announced a merger with the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) to form the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), which will be the sole accreditor for educator preparation programs in the United States. American College of Education’s program accreditation through TEAC will transfer to CAEP.
Statements of accreditation
American College of Education is regionally accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA). The College’s accreditation includes approval to offer degree programs through distance education via the Internet.
For more information on American College of Education's regional accreditation, please click here.
American College of Education's Professional Education Programs (M.Ed. in Educational Leadership, M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction, M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction with a Specialization in ESL/Bilingual, M.Ed. in Educational Technology) which are designed to provide graduate students with the essential knowledge, skills, and abilities to enhance their teaching and further their careers, are granted Accreditation by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) for a period of seven years, from May 3, 2013 to May 3, 2020. This accreditation certifies that the forenamed professional education programs have provided evidence that they adhere to TEAC's quality principles.
The Summary of the Case, written by TEAC auditors and approved by ACE faculty and administration, reflect the auditors’ understanding of the case ACE’s faculty and administration made for accreditation.
Per the U.S. Department of Education, accreditation remains with TEAC until American College of Education’s next accreditation under CAEP is due. Accordingly, American College of Education will continue to use the appropriate logo and language related to our TEAC accreditation.
American College of Education has obtained authorization to operate by the entities listed below.
Note: Some states require out of state institutions to obtain permission to offer educational programs in the state. The term “authorized”, as used by American College of Education, refers to approval, authorization, registration and related concepts. Unless stated otherwise, none of the entities listed below have endorsed the college or its programs.
Florida Commission for Independent Education (License Number: 3872)
325 West Gaines Street, Suite 1414
Tallahassee, Florida 32399
Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission
2082 East Exchange Place, Suite 220
Tucker Georgia 30084
Illinois Board of Higher Education
431 East Adams, 2nd Floor
Springfield, Illinois 62701
Indiana Board for Proprietary Education
101 West Ohio Street, Suite 670
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Louisiana Board of Regents
1201 North Third Street, Suite 6-200
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70802
Maryland Higher Education Commission
6 North Liberty Street, 10th Floor
Baltimore, Maryland 21201
Montana University System
Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education
P.O. Box 203201
Helena, Montana 59620
Minnesota Office of Higher Education
1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350
St. Paul, Minnesota 55108-5227
- American College of Education is registered as a private institution with the
Minnesota Office of Higher Education pursuant to sections 136A.61 to 136A.71.
Registration is not an endorsement of the institution. Credits earned at the institution
may not transfer to all other institutions.
Nevada Commission on Postsecondary Education
8778 South Maryland Parkway, Suite 115
Las Vegas, Nevada 89123
New Hampshire Department of Education
Division of Higher Education - Higher Education Commission
101 Pleasant Street
Concord, New Hampshire 03301
New Mexico Higher Education Department
2048 Galisteo Street
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505
Ohio Board of Regents
25 South Front Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215
Oregon Student Access Commission
Office of Degree Authorization
1500 Valley River Drive, Suite 100
Eugene, Oregon 97401
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Department of Education
333 Market Street
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17126
Washington Student Achievement Council
P.O. Box 43430
Olympia, Washington 98504-3430
- American College of Education is authorized by the Washington Student
Achievement Council and meets the requirements and minimum educational
standards established for degree-granting institutions under the Degree-Granting
Institutions Act. This authorization is subject to periodic review and authorizes
American College of Education to offer field placement components for specific
degree programs. The Council may be contacted for a list of currently authorized
programs. Authorization by the Council does not carry with it an endorsement by
the Council of the institution or its programs. Any person desiring information about
the requirements of the act or the applicability of those requirements to the institution
may contact the Council at P.O. Box 43430, Olympia, WA 98504-3430.
West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission
1018 Kanawha Boulevard East, Suite 700
Charleston, West Virginia 25301
Wisconsin Educational Approval Board
30 West Mifflin Street, 9th Floor
Madison, Wisconsin 53708
Wyoming Department of Education
2300 Capitol Avenue, 2nd Floor Hathaway
Cheyenne, Wyoming 82002
American College of Education is exempt from the authorization requirements of the following states:
Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education
P.O. Box 110505
Juneau, Alaska 99811-0505
Colorado Department of Higher Education
1560 Broadway, Suite 1600
Denver, CO 80202
Texas Education Agency
1701 North Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78701-1494
Utah Department of Commerce
160 East 300 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84114-6704
State Program Approvals Leading to Licensure, Certification or Endorsement
Florida Department of Education
Bureau of Educator Certification
Suite 201, Turlington Building
325 West Gaines Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0400
The Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Educational Leadership has been approved as a preparatory program for persons applying for Certification in Educational Leadership.
Illinois State Board of Education
100 N. 1st Street
Springfield, IL 62777
Course sequences meet the current coursework requirements for the Illinois English as a Second Language and Bilingual endorsements.
Indiana Department of Education
151 West Ohio Street
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204
The Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Educational Leadership program is approved to lead to principal licensure in Indiana. The Transition to Teaching certificate programs and the Master of Arts in Teaching degree programs are approved for initial teacher licensure in Indiana.
Ohio Board of Regents
30 East Broad Street, 36th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215-414
The M.Ed. in Educational Leadership program is approved for Building Principal Licenses (grades PK-6, grades 4-9, and grades 5-12).
Texas Education Agency
1701 N. Congress Avenue Austin, Texas, 78701
The Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Educational Leadership program is approved to lead to principal certification in Texas.
Ed.D. / Ed.S. Admission Requirements
General Readmission and Reentry of Students