American College of Education

Higher Education

Indianapolis, Indiana

United States

About American College of Education

Prior to American College of Education (ACE)’s founding in 2005, educators and administrators looking to earn a graduate degree in Education had limited options. Most would need to commute to a campus to attend classes, often twice or more per week, and at tuition rates that were burdensome for educator’s salaries, leaving educators to struggle with whether or not they could afford to obtain the advanced skills and current resources that would help their students excel.

ACE was founded by educators, for educators who needed a better way to enhance their skills in the classroom without undue strain on their already finite time and financial resources. Founded in the digital age, the college committed to leveraging the internet to create efficiencies that alleviated financial and geographical burdens. Since its inception, the college has operated entirely online, providing 24/7 access to coursework that helps expedite time to completion and eliminates the cost of classrooms, dining halls, and other infrastructure traditionally subsidized by tuition. To date, tuition at ACE for both master’s and doctoral programs is up to one-third the cost of comparable programs, allowing most students to graduate from their programs without additional debt.

The emphasis on digital efficiency allows the college to focus financial resources on the development and maintenance of high-quality programs grounded in evidence-based content and relevant application. Today, ACE confers more than 1,000 graduate degrees and certificates annually to working educators and administrators who can immediately apply the skills they’re learning to the work they do in their classrooms and schools. All students graduate with a minimum 3.0 GPA (4.0 scale), and students who take their state pass rate exams outperform average test scores for students who did not attend ACE. Perhaps most gratifying is the feedback from ACE students: more than 95 percent of exiting students reported having stronger skills after completing their ACE program, and more than 50 percent of incoming students are word-of-mouth referrals from current students and alumni.

Through partnerships at the district level, the College is also able to lead the way in developing new and innovative programs that are responsive to the evolving needs of working educators and administrators. Through its unique approach to student-centered programming, American College of Education hopes to be the model for change in accessibility, affordability, and social-consciousness in higher education.

We became a B Corp because we wanted to make a public commitment to maintain our ideals and our mission. We’re dedicated to unapologetically breaking perceived links between cost of tuition and quality of programming, making smart and innovative financial decisions always with our students’ needs–not our bottom line–in mind. We’ve demonstrated this commitment to our students and alumni since our inception, but we’re making the same commitment to be socially conscious to our employees and local communities as well. It is fundamentally who we are. We’ve already begun this process through partnerships with non-profit organizations who provide services or materials to educators and schools in our local communities and across the country. We’ve sponsored major events, supported donation drives, and even relaxed our office dress code–jeans now approved, for a fee–to enable us to contribute more than $15,000 in scholarships, donations, and sponsorships, a commitment we’re planning to more than double in 2017.

The Change We Seek®

American College of Education believes higher education can–and should–be done differently. In the 11 years since their founding, ACE has conferred more than 13,000 graduate degrees in Education in a way that’s flexible for teachers’ busy schedules and considerate of their budgets. By leveraging the true value of virtual technology, ACE is preparing more educators to obtain the training and knowledge they need to strengthen their skills, to stay current in research and application, and to provide better outcomes for the students in their classrooms.

Through its commitment to innovation and fiscal responsibility, ACE is leading the way in shaping higher education that is accessible, affordable, and highly responsive to the needs of working professionals in a modern and frequently shifting global market, because they know the more educators learn, the more their students learn.

What makes us a better company?

B Impact Report

Certified since: 

September 2016

Company Score

Median Score*



The Environment section of the Assessment evaluates a company's environmental performance through its facilities; materials, resource, and energy use; and emissions. Where applicable, it also considers a company's transportation/distribution channels and environmental impact of its supply chain. This section also measures whether a company's products or services are designed to solve an environmental issue, including products that aid in the provision of renewable energy, conserve resources, reduce waste, promote land/wildlife conservation, prevent toxic/hazardous substance or pollution, or educate, measure, or consult to solve environmental problems.



The Worker section of the survey assesses the company's relationship with its workforce. This section measures how the company treats its workers through compensation, benefits, training, and ownership opportunities provided to workers. It also focuses on the overall work environment within the company through management/worker communication, job flexibility and corporate culture, and worker health and safety practices.



The Customers section of the Assessment measures the impact a company has on its customers. The section focuses on whether a company sells products or services that promote public benefit, and if those products/services are targeted towards serving underserved populations. Questions in this section will measure whether a company's product or service is designed to solve a social or environmental issue (e.g. improves health, preserves environment or creates economic opportunity to individuals or communities, promotes the arts/sciences, or increases the flow of capital to purpose-driven enterprises).



The Community section of the survey assesses a company's impact on its community. The Community section evaluates a company's supplier relations, diversity, and involvement in the local community. The section also measures the company's practices and policies around community service and charitable giving. In addition, this section includes if a company's product or service is designed to solve a social issue, including access to basic services, health, education, economic opportunity, arts, and increasing the flow of capital to purpose-driven enterprises.



The Governance section of the Assessment evaluates a company's accountability and transparency. The section focuses on the company's mission, stakeholder engagement, and overall transparency of the company's practices and policies.

Overall B Score

80 out of 200 is eligible for certification

*Of all businesses that have completed the B Impact Assessment

*Median scores will not add up to overall

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