Welcome to American College of Education
Welcome! We are honored you have chosen ACE for your educational goals! We have created the Student Handbook to:
- Provide you with an introduction to the College.
- Support you as you get started in your program and help address questions.
- Inform you of procedural steps to accompany the policies in the Catalog.
- Offer a listing of departments/services available to support you and your academic pursuit.
- Provide guidance for your capstone experience, if required as a part of your program.
It’s imperative you take the time to review this handbook, the catalog, and any supporting documents associated with your program of study to become informed of expectations. ACE makes every attempt to remain flexible; however, rules and penalties will not be waived or exceptions granted just because someone is unaware of specific policies or procedures. In addition to this handbook, Student Commons also provides up-to-date information about the College, courses, and procedures you will find invaluable. When/If any changes occur at ACE, they will be communicated in the Commons.
As an American College of Education student, you will have access to experienced and accomplished faculty members, rich course content, and expansive library resources. Our state-of-the-art technology platform provides the ability to work on or offline with full access to all course materials, truly providing anytime, anywhere learning which gives you the edge to completing your master’s degree online.
Background and History
Founded in the digital age, American College of Education is committed to providing educational programs for teachers, administrators, and other professionals that will prepare them to meet the challenges of 21st-century students, schools, and communities. In early 2013, ACE launched its first post-master’s degree programs, the Education Specialist (Ed.S.) in Leadership, and the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Leadership. In addition, the College introduced the Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) and Transition to Teaching (T2T) programs which lead to initial teacher licensure in Indiana. ACE has continued to grow into additional fields, such as healthcare. In 2014, ACE welcomed its first students in a healthcare program, M.Ed. in Health and Wellness Education. This department expanded in 2017, through the addition of the B.S. in Healthcare Administration program.
The mission of American College of Education is 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.
Nondiscrimination and Equal Opportunity
American College of Education is fully committed to complying with all federal, state and local civil rights, antidiscrimination and equal opportunity laws, rules and regulations, including Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and Department of Veteran’s Affairs regulations. ACE does not engage in harassment or discrimination against any person because of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, citizenship status, marital status, military status or any characteristic protected by law, in admission and access to, treatment and employment in its programs and activities. Where possible, ACE will make reasonable accommodations in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, where a student’s immutable characteristic(s) substantially impairs the student’s ability to perform the requirements of an academic program or related program activities.
Campus Security and Emergency Procedures
In the case of national and local emergencies that affect the delivery of education to the student body, the College administration will use the learning management system, email, the College website, social media sites, and telephone to alert students, faculty, and staff to alternate methods of accessing coursework.
Learning Management System Technology Requirements
American College of Education programs are delivered online through the Learning Management System, Canvas. In order to successfully complete all coursework, students are required to have regular access to a computer with an Internet connection, audio and video playback capabilities, and the following minimum technology features:
- PC Windows 2000, or Windows 7/8 or Mac OS.**
- Most tablets, iPads, and smart phones.***|
- Any current browser such as Chrome, Firefox, Safari, or IE9.
- FlashPlayer 9.
- 512 MB of RAM (1 GB or more preferred).
- Broadband connection (Courses are video intensive).**
- Video display capable of high-color 16-bit display.
- A sound card and speakers or headphones.
- Current anti-virus software that is kept up-to-date.
- Web camera (highly recommended).
- Adobe Reader.
- Microsoft Office is the standard office productivity software used by faculty, students, and staff.***
* While students may view course assignments and view and complete discussion board posts via tablets and smartphones, a desktop or laptop computer is necessary in order to fully access and complete course requirements. *Students are strongly advised to have back up methods in place for completing assignments, posts, quizzes, exams, and other course related requirements in the event of internet failure. ***Canvas supports .doc/.docx, .ppt/.pptx, .xl/.xls and .pdf file formats.
American College of Education utilizes and provides the following platforms for all courses:
- Canvas - ACE’s online learning management system (LMS) that allows students to access their courses and interact with other students and faculty.
- TurnItIn - A plagiarism detection system, which reviews student papers and publications to ensure that students maintain academic integrity.
- MyACE Portal: ACE’s student portal where you can access unofficial transcripts, view grades, make payments, and update personal/profile information.