Programs Designed for Aspiring Principals

Get There Your Way

Pioneer organizational change as a school leader

You want to become a principal or administrator and we want to help you get there. ACE offers two fully online programs that are designed to lead you toward principal licensure,1 which means you’ll be one step closer to school leadership at a cost that won’t break your budget.

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online college in America*

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in the nation for most master’s degrees conferred in Educational Leadership**

*Ranking information based on Newsweek

Upcoming Term Starts

  • May 20, 2024
    Applications Due May 17
  • June 10, 2024
    Applications Due  June 7

Choose the right path for your career

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.

Principal Preparation**

Already have a master’s? Our shorter certificate program may be a better fit for your goals. Created as a faster way to help aspiring principals achieve licensure, this program covers essential skills and knowledge including scientific research, pedagogy and instructional technology while improving your supervision and leadership skills. Understand how to create an effective school-wide vision and use data to inform decision-making in P-12 school settings.








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.








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.

Social responsibility

Our goal is to make continuing education accessible to as many people as possible. We strive to be a solution to the student debt crisis by offering high quality online programs at the lowest possible cost. Our status as a Certified B Corporation demonstrates our commitment to our online students, staff and faculty as well as the communities in which our students serve. When your college is also a B Corp, you feel the difference.

Take your next step with ACE

1Students who complete certificates that are approved to lead to licensure, endorsement, or certification may be subject to additional requirements for the receipt of initial licensure, endorsement, or certification in the state in which they intend to teach or administrate.

*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.

**This program does not lead to principal licensure for Georgia residents. Texas residents with a master’s degree interested in principal licensure should see our Certificate in Texas Educational Leadership. Florida residents with a master’s degree interested in principal licensure should contact ACE about our Florida Modified Pathway.

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