Accreditation & Regulatory Affairs

About our accreditation

American College of Education has been regionally accredited through the Higher Learning Commission 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). 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.

TEAC accredited online Master of Education programs

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, M.Ed. in English as a Second Language, M.Ed. in  Bilingual Education, 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.

State authorization

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
T: 888-254-3200

Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission
2082 East Exchange Place, Suite 220
Tucker Georgia 30084
T: 770-414-3300

Illinois Board of Higher Education
431 East Adams, 2nd Floor
Springfield, Illinois 62701
T: 217-782-2551

Indiana Board for Proprietary Education
101 West Ohio Street, Suite 670
Indianapolis, IN 46204
T: 317-464-4400

Louisiana Board of Regents
1201 North Third Street, Suite 6-200
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70802
T: 225-342-4253

Maryland Higher Education Commission
6 North Liberty Street, 10th Floor
Baltimore, Maryland 21201
T: 410-767-3301

Montana University System
Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education
2500 Broadway
P.O. Box 203201
Helena, Montana 59620
T: 406-444-6570

Minnesota Office of Higher Education
1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350
St. Paul, Minnesota 55108-5227
T: 651-642-0567

  • 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
T: 702-486-7330

New Hampshire Department of Education
Division of Higher Education - Higher Education Commission
101 Pleasant Street
Concord, New Hampshire 03301
T: 603-271-3494

New Mexico Higher Education Department
2048 Galisteo Street
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505
T: 505-476-8400

Ohio Board of Regents
25 South Front Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215
T: 614-466-6000

Oregon Student Access Commission
Office of Degree Authorization
1500 Valley River Drive, Suite 100
Eugene, Oregon 97401
T: 541-687-7478

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Department of Education
333 Market Street
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17126
T: 717-787-5041

West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission
1018 Kanawha Boulevard East, Suite 700
Charleston, West Virginia 25301
T: 304-558-2101

Wisconsin Educational Approval Board
30 West Mifflin Street, 9th Floor
Madison, Wisconsin 53708
T: 608-266-1996

Wyoming Department of Education
2300 Capitol Avenue, 2nd Floor Hathaway
Cheyenne, Wyoming 82002
T: 307-777-7675


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
Box 146704
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
512- 463-9734
The Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Educational Leadership program is approved to lead to principal certification in Texas.

Policy Updates

Background Check Policy

Ed.D. / Ed.S. Admission Requirements

General Readmission and Reentry of Students

Transfer Credit Policy