American College of Education Results
Founded in 2005 and headquartered in Indianapolis, American College of Education is an accredited, completely online college specializing in affordable programs in education, leadership, business, healthcare and nursing. ACE offers more than 70 programs for adult students to pursue doctorate, master’s or bachelor’s degrees, along with micro-credentials and graduate-level certificate programs.
To deliver high-quality, affordable and accessible online programs grounded in evidence-based content and relevant application, preparing graduates to serve, lead, and achieve personal and professional goals in diverse, evolving communities.
To be a significant leader in higher education by providing high-value, innovative, and impactful programs to its chosen markets. By unapologetically breaking perceived links between cost of tuition and quality of programing, the College will prepare today’s students to be tomorrow’s global leaders.
American College of Education has established a set of core values which are foundational for our culture. They are our fundamental beliefs which underlie how we work and interact. They describe who we are at our core: Passion, Innovation, Social Responsibility and Integrity.
We currently have more than 7,000 students enrolled in all 50 states, more than 27,000 alumni and are the No. 3 conferrer of Master of Education degrees in the country.
Receives TEAC/CAEP accreditation
Expands into business with M.B.A. in Social Impact
ACE is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission
We are also accredited, certified and nationally recognized by
Key Ways We Made a Difference in 2022
individual civic hours
raised for Indianapolis-area teachers to provide school supplies
impact score in 2022 increasing from 88.6 in 2019
raised for education and research to fight heart disease and strokes
backpacks filled with school supplies for Orlando-area students
trees planted in partnership with Texas Tree Foundation
Source: American College of Education 2020 Impact Report
Across all programs, students expressed high levels of satisfaction.
I am satisfied with my experience at ACE thus far:
Doctoral / Specialist
Source: ACE college systems, Office of Institutional Analytics, 2020 Student Satisfaction Survey
“It was like [the classes] were designed for me personally. I liked the structure of them; I liked the way teachers gave feedback. I attended [a different] online college and all we did was work, work, work, but nothing was really applicable or practical. At ACE, our assignments are geared to provide application right now.”SHANTRAM HAWKINS
Ed.S. in Leadership 2016, Ed.D. in Leadership 2020
My professional skills are stronger because of my participation in this program
Agree or Strongly Agree 2020 Grad Exit Survey, N=2,796
Preparedness for Job
I believe my program effectively prepared me for the responsibilities I face in my job
Agree or Strongly Agree 2020 Grad Exit Survey, N=2,792
Overall Satisfaction with Program Learning Experiences
I am satisfied with my learning experience in this program
Agree or Strongly Agree 2020 Grad Exit Survey, N=2,792
Source: ACE college systems, Office of Institutional Analytics, 2020 Graduate Exit Survey
Since beginning with 27 students in 2005, ACE has shown consistent growth (except for a brief downturn in 2013 and 2014). Even as disruption dominated in 2020, the college’s enrollment growth accelerated. Active enrollments increased by more than 18 percent, with YTD new student growth up more than 25 percent, marking ACE’s largest active student growth rate since 2016.
Annual Retention Rate by Degree Level
Source: ACE college systems, Office of Institutional Analytics.
Note: Students enrolled in a micro-credential program are reported in the certificate count.
Completion and Pass Rates
American College of Education calculates an annual cumulative completion rate, rather than a graduation rate. A graduation rate is usually used to describe first-time, full-time college freshman. As a college that mainly serves working adults, we calculate a completion rate. ACE defines a completion rate as the number of students graduating in each program and degree level, using expected time to completion for their program.
The following represents a comparison of ACE pass rates and the average state pass rate as provided by the identified state where ACE is listed as a State Department of Education approved and recognized Education Program Preparation Provider. American College of Education’s goal, as stated in the Strategic Plan, is to “beat” the state averages in each state where a program leads to licensure.
Source: 2020 Pearson Integrated EdReports.org
At American College of Education, our goal is to provide each of our students with a quality online education at an affordable price. So it really means something to us when we are recognized for achieving — and often exceeding — that goal. These awards, rankings, accolades and academic honors illustrate an important piece of what makes us proud to be ACE, though our true success will always be the satisfaction and achievements of our students and alumni.
- in the nation for most master’s degrees awarded in education.
- in the nation for most Master’s of Education degrees conferred in Teaching, Specific Subject Areas (CIP 13.13)1 and Curriculum and Instruction (CIP 13.03)2
- in the nation for most Master’s of Education degrees conferred in Educational Administration and Supervision (CIP 13.04)3 and Bilingual Education* (CIP 13.02)4
- in the nation for most Master’s of Education degrees conferred in Educational and Instructional Media Design (CIP 13.02)5
- Includes the following programs: M.Ed. in Health and Wellness Education, M.Ed. in Literacy, M.Ed. in Advanced Studies, and M.Ed. in STEM Education
- Includes the following programs: M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction and M.Ed. in Integrated Curriculum
- Includes the following programs: M.Ed. in Educational Leadership, M.Ed. in Teacher Leadership, M.Ed. in Higher Education, and M.Ed. in Educational Business Administration
- Includes the following programs: M.Ed. in ESL/BL and M.Ed. in Teaching English Learners
- Includes the following programs: M.Ed. in Educational Technology and M.Ed. in Instructional Design
Third-Party Rankings, Recognitions, and Awards
- #2 Top Online College – Newsweek
- Top 20 Best Online Universities for 2022
Two ACE Programs Named on EdReformer.com
- Top 50 Best Master’s Programs
Two ACE Programs Named on Intelligent.com
- Best Places to Work in Indiana
2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021,2022
- #1 Top Online Program
2019 Top Online Program for Working Professionals
- Top Master’s in Secondary Education
Named to 2019 Top Master’s in Secondary Education
- Best Value School
University Research and Review, LLC
- ISTE Recognition for M.Ed. in Technology
International Society for Technology in Education
- Finalist for M.Ed. in STEM Education
EdTech Awards 2021
- Top 10 Doctorate Program
ACE Doctorate of Education in Leadership Program by Intelligent.com
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Meet our Board of Trustees
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How we make the world better
Our students, in their own words
By the Numbers
The data behind our success
How much we’ve grown since 2005
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