Programs designed for aspiring principals

American College of Education’s online programs can help you earn principal licensure.

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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.


100% online, asynchronous coursework. Study wherever and whenever you want.


5-week courses with predictable expectations each week. Perfect for the working professional.


The program requires the completion of the Certificate in STEM Teaching with NISE, meaning you will graduate with a master’s degree plus a credential to add to your resume.

Choose the right path for your career

We offer online business degrees at some of the lowest costs in the nation.
Gain an understanding of the most prevalent and pressing aspects of today’s
complex and diverse business landscape.


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.

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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.

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*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.

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.


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Social responsibility
is in our DNA

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 students, staff and faculty as well as the communities in which our students serve. Just as we strive to make a positive social impact, we’ve also channeled this framework into our online business programs.


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