Your Path to Principal

Florida-approved programs for the Educational
Leader License 

Be the Change as a School Leader

American College of Education (ACE)’s online educational leadership programs are approved by the Florida Department of Education to lead to the licensure you need to become a principal or building administrator. Aligned to Florida Educational Leadership Standards, you’ll be equipped and prepared to take the Florida Educational Leadership Examination (FELE). 

Get Your Florida Principal License

Our intentional program design and friendly transfer credit policies will help you successfully earn your Educational Leader License quickly and affordably. 

Modified Pathway for Florida

If you already have a master’s degree, we’ll review your credits and create a custom pathway for you that ensures you retain as many credits as possible while meeting all Florida standards requirements. While we recommend obtaining a Statement of Eligibility from Florida, we can do a credit review without it. 

Complete the Internship

Maximize your time by completing the internship experience at your current school. 

Pass the FELE

We embed FELE test prep right into the program. ACE graduates had a 95% pass rate, which is 8% above the state average.* 

*Source: Student Right to Know: Licensure Exam Results 

Choose Your Path Toward Principal Licensure

Whether you already have a master’s and just need courses for licensure or want to earn a master’s alongside your principal licensure, we have a flexible and affordable pathway for you. 

Florida Modified
Educational Leadership Program

Already have a master’s? We’ll accelerate your path to principal licensure by evaluating your existing credits and creating a custom pathway for you. Whether it’s three or 30 credits, you’ll only take the courses you still need to meet Florida standards requirements.

(3 credit hours)


Master of Education
Educational Leadership

Earn your master’s degree and prepare for principal licensure. Learn the strategies to design and implement a shared school vision – one that reflects a core set of values surrounding equity, diversity, digital citizenship and community. Learn to maintain an inclusive culture and advocate for the needs of students, families and personnel. Our M.Ed. in Leadership provides the foundational knowledge you need to achieve the school leadership role you seek.








*This is an estimated value of the cost for tuition and fees. Amounts may vary depending on number of transfer credits applied to the selected program hours, the pace and satisfactory completion of the selected program credit hours, the receipt of, or eligibility for, institutional or non-institutional scholarship and/or grant amounts, and adjustments to tuition or fees as described in the Catalog Right to Modify Tuition section.

What Sets Us Apart

We’re dedicated to equipping you with the skills you need for future success, while helping you achieve a positive return on your investment. 


of Our Students Finish Without Debt¹


Earned for Every Dollar Spent²

No. 3

in the Nation For Most Master’s Degrees Awarded in Education

No. 2

Online College in America³


Degrees Awarded


Student Satisfaction⁴

1 Source: Internal research completed in June 2023  2 Source: Lightcast employment data 
3 Source: Newsweek  4 Source: Student Right to Know 

Recognized and Accredited

American College of Education is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission— a federally-recognized accrediting agency. This 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.

Our M.Ed. in Educational Leadership is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation. This evidence-based accreditation assures that our program aligns with CAEP’s quality standards for excellent educator preparation. 

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