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American College of Education is proud to offer accredited graduate and certificate programs and courses. Accreditation guarantees that educational institutions meet rigorous quality standards. That means you can trust the caliber of our programs and graduate with confidence that your academic achievement matters.

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Higher Learning Commission

We are and have always been, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a federally-recognized accrediting agency. Accreditation ensures that an institution’s academic program meets or exceeds acceptable levels of quality and is the most recognized accreditation status for higher education entities. To receive and maintain HLC accreditation and affiliation approval, we must continuously undergo routine peer review cycles and provide proof that our programs meet or exceed HLC accreditation criteria and expectations of quality.

The Higher Learning Commission
30 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, Illinois 60604

Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)

In May 2020, American College of Education’s Professional Education Programs was granted Accreditation at the initial-licensure level and advanced-licensure level through Spring 2027, for a period of seven (7) years. Accreditation for seven (7) years is granted if the EPP meets all CAEP Standards and components.

The College’s initial level programs, M.A. in Elementary Teaching, M.A. in Secondary Teaching, Certificate in Transition to Teaching in Elementary Education, and Certificate in Transition to Teaching in Secondary Education have been accredited for a period of seven (7) years, ending in Spring 2027. The College’s advanced level program, M.Ed. in Educational Leadership, and Certificate in Principal Preparation have been accredited for a period of seven (7) years, ending in Spring 2027.

Find more information about ACE’s CAEP accreditation status at http://caepnet.org/provider-search.


Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation
1140 19th St NW, Suite 400
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 223-0077

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) Accreditation

The baccalaureate and masters degree programs in nursing offered by the American College of Education are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Officially recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a national accreditation agency, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) is an autonomous accrediting agency, contributing to the improvement of the public’s health. CCNE ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate, and residency programs in nursing. CCNE serves the public interest by assessing and identifying programs that engage in effective educational practices.


Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
655 K Street NW, Suite 750
Washington, DC 20001

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