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.

Higher Learning Commission Mark of Affiliation

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.

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 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.

State authorization

American College of Education has state authorization in the following states:

Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission
2082 East Exchange Place, Suite 220
Tucker, GA 30084

Florida Commission for Independent Education
325 West Gaines Street, Suite 1414
Tallahassee, FL 32399
888-224-66484 License #3872

Illinois Board of Higher Education
431 East Adams, Second Floor
Springfield, IL 62701

Indiana Commission on Higher Education
302 W, Washington Street, Room E 201
Indianapolis, IN 46204
1-800-227-5695 or 317-232-1320
Code AC-0251
ACE is fully-accredited by the Indiana Commission on Higher Education.

Louisiana Board of Regents
1201 N. Third St., Suite 6-200
Baton Rouge, LA 70802

Maryland Higher Education Commission
6 N. Liberty Street, 10th Floor
Baltimore, MD 21201

Montana University System
Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education
2500 Broadway
P.O. Box 203201
Helena, MT  59620-3201

Nevada Commission on Postsecondary Education
3663 East Sunset Road, Suite 202
Las Vegas, NV 89120

Ohio Board of Regents
30 East Broad Street, 36th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215-414

Oregon Student Access Commission
Office of Degree Authorization
1500 Valley River Drive, Suite 100
Eugene, OR 97401
American College of Education is authorized by the Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission.

Pennsylvania Department of Education
Bureau of Postsecondary and Adult Education
333 Market Street
Harrisburg, PA  17126-0333

Washington Student Achievement Council
P. O. Box 43430
Olympia, WA 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.

Wisconsin Educational Approval Board 
30 W. Mifflin St., 9th Floor
Madison, WI 53708-8696

Wyoming Department of Education
Hathaway Building, 2nd Floor
2300 Capitol Avenue
Cheyenne, WY  82002-0050


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 are approved for endorsements in English as a Second Language and Bilingual Education.

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.